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:

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.