The FA Community Awards 2017

Nominations for The FA Community Awards 2017 are open.

The Awards are split into several categories and each category is judged at a county and a regional level before a national shortlist is created from the regional winners of each category. In 2016, more than 2,000 nominations were put forward for the Awards in England.

Click one of the eight categories to nominate now:

The National winners will be chosen by a National Award judging panel featuring 1966 World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.

More information here:

What are we doing to keep your child safe?

You will no doubt have been reading in the news regarding the tragic and distressing stories of grooming and child abuse in football academies.

As a Committee we would like to put any fears or concerns you may have at rest for what we offer at West Exe YFC.

All of our coaches, managers, and any helpers which have direct contact with the child through our club, have an enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRC) carried out on them, which must come back as a pass, before any child is left in their control.

You will also notice that all of our teams have at least two coaches. This is to ensure that we are never putting a child or a coach in a vulnerable position where they are left alone in a 1 to 1 situation in private.

Our coaches are required to attend regular workshops on child welfare and safeguarding as per the Football Association guidelines.

At West Exe YFC we also have a dedicated welfare officer on hand, so if you do have any concerns or queries regarding your coach, their behaviour, or anyone else involved in our football club, please feel free to contact Emma Swain on 07725 754 988 or at where you will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

In addition to this there are other organisations where concerns can be addressed including the NSPCC on 0800 023 2642, Childline on 0800 1111 and the FA through

Here at West Exe YFC we are very proud of what we offer, which is a safe learning environment for children of all ages and long may that continue.

Image used: “lone coach.” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by vICtoR_iN_BoSToN

The FA Community Awards and grassroots football

The FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s offer a chance to all those involved in grassroots football to shout about the person, or team of people that have made a real difference to their experience whilst playing or just being involved in the beautiful game.

Winners are awarded at a local, regional and national level so there’s plenty of opportunity for grassroots football heroes across the country to be recognised.

I think the grassroots level is more important than any academy in the world.

Dietmar Hamann

If you’d like to read more, and even nominate your club, your league or an individual, you can do so on the FA’s website.

How important is grassroots football?

Well, this is what Dietmar Hamann, who made made 59 appearances for Germany between 1997 and 2005, had to say recently:

Speaking on The Business of Sport podcast he also raised his concerns over young children moving away from grassroots football too soon:

At times, there’s kids getting taken into academies,10 years old, and they get released when they’re 12 or 13 and their dream is wrecked, when they may have been better off staying where they were, keep playing grassroots football and enjoying the game until they are 15 or 16, which I did do.

Dietmar Hamann

You can listen to what else Dietmar had to say on The Business of Sport podcast using the player below:

Results revealed after FA’s largest-ever grassroots survey

The FA has released data from the largest survey ever undertaken into grassroots football.

More than 28,750 players, coaches, referees, staff and volunteers responded to the online poll during October.

And results show that their commitment to supporting the national game is steadfast – with more than three-quarters of respondents indicating that they plan to maintain or increase their involvement next season.

Read more on the FA’s website.

Participants: 28,757
52% believe football is best value-for-money sport
25% would play more if there were better facilities
£260m to be invested by The FA into grassroots football
150 new ‘Parklife’ hubs to be set up in 30 cities
County Coaches introduced to improve and support grassroots coaching
Grassroots coaching packages to increase diversity of coaches

Grassroots Football Survey 2015

The FA’s grassroots football survey

The FA has launched the most comprehensive survey of grassroots football it has ever undertaken.

Contributions are being sought from parents of youth players, players, coaches, referees as well as the staff and volunteers that form the 400,000-strong grassroots football workforce, and will give the fullest picture yet of the experiences and views of those involved in the national game.

If you’d like to have your say, and the chance to win tickets to see England play France at Wembley, you can read more about the survey on the FA website, or jump right in and take the survey.

The survey is open until Friday 30th October 2015, 11.59pm.


Children and young people’s worries in sport

The Football Association (FA) nominated the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) through its Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to be the recipient of the UEFA Children’s Foundation charity award of 1 million Euros over three years.

Throughout the project the NSPCC will be hosting consultations with young people. This first report focussed on the worries young people in sport might have. 100 young people were involved, aged between 9 and 20 from England and Scotland. 80 respondents were male and 20 were female.

Here’s a link to the PDF document:

children-and-young-peoples-worries-in-sport-june-2015-report.pdf (295kb)