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Finalists announced for 2016 Cheshire FA Awards

Finalists announced for 2016 Cheshire FA Awards

Date published: 27 May 2016

Press release


A variety of grassroots champions from across Cheshire have been named as this year


Cheshire FA's annual awards look to recognise and reward those involved in grassroots football across the county who make a real difference to how the game is played and developed.

This year eight award categories have been introduced to further the recognition of the great work that goes on in football within Cheshire.

Award nominations were determined through a mixture of public nominations as well as internal nominations with contributions from District FAs and Leagues.

The judging panel which determined the finalists was made up of Cheshire FA representatives and previous winners.

The Cheshire FA Award winners and runners-up will be announced at Cheshire FAs 2016 Awards Evening on June 3 at Carden Park, alongside the presentations to the recipients of FA McDonald's Community Awards, FA Groundsman Awards and FA Long Service Awards.

This years finalists are:

Cheshire FA Facility of the Year


  • Alexandra Soccer Centre
  • Cheshire FA Football Centre
  • Sandbach Community Football Centre


Cheshire FA Administrator of the Year


  • Andy Gorman (Timperley Villa Youth FC)
  • Fiona Whitfield (Upton JFC Chester)
  • Ian McGuinness (Cheshire U21 County Football League)


Cheshire FA Welfare Officer of the Year


  • Amanda Mitchell (Appleton Boys Juniors FC)
  • Linda Young (Halton and District Junior Football League)
  • Sheila Saddington (Timperley and District Junior Football League)


Cheshire FA Coach of the Year


  • Adam Browne (Ashville Youth FC)
  • Rachel Lever (Chester and District Girls FC)
  • Rob Thornhill (Timperley FC)


Cheshire FA Development Programme of the Year


  • Altrincham FC Community Sports
  • Cheshire Walking Football Group
  • Frodsham Women's Recreational Session


Cheshire FA Social Media and Technology Award


  • 1874 Northwich
  • Egerton FC
  • Runcorn Linnets JFC


Cheshire FA Referee of the Year


  • Barry Rowson
  • Lea Taylor
  • Robert Johnson


Cheshire FA Respect and Fair Play Award


  • Frodsham Juniors FC
  • Marple Athletic JFC
  • Timperley Villa Youth FC


Simon Gerrard, Cheshire FA Chief Executive said: "It's with great pleasure that we announce our award finalists for 2016. This is a fantastic chance for us to recognise those volunteers, coaches, clubs and leagues that sacrifice so much on a weekly basis and say thank you to them for their hard work and dedication in enhancing the standards of grassroots football in Cheshire.

"Football is constantly evolving and we are delighted to have a variety of finalists this year that have shown best practice in areas that we believe are going to have a key impact on grassroots football in the coming years."

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For further information please contact:

Cheshire FA Marketing & Communications Officer, Tom Fairhurst on 01606 871166 or at press@cheshirefa.com

or Cheshire FA Marketing Support Officer, Helen Dobson at Helen.Dobson@cheshirefa.com

Notes to editors:      
About Cheshire FA

Supporting football since 1878.

The Cheshire Football Association is the not-for-profit governing body for all Football in Cheshire, and is responsible for the governance, organisation, education and development of football within Cheshire.

Cheshire FA works in conjunction with the National Football Association and is an enterprising and dynamic SME based in the heart of the County.

We currently have approximately 3500 teams playing various formats of affiliated football with over 60,000 weekly participants. The game is supported by over 1,000 referees and upwards of 10,000 volunteers running the game.

Cheshire FA works towards a strategic framework which looks to inwardly invest into key aspects of the game. Over £24 million pounds has been invested into facilities supporting the local football infrastructure and over £4 million pounds into revenue projects.  

Ciaran’s Cause is a charity partner of Cheshire FA . They work together to raise funds to supply football clubs with defibrillators and free awareness training of Cardiac Arrest.            

For more information, contact press@cheshirefa.com

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