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.
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:
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) February 2, 2016
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.
You can listen to what else Dietmar had to say on The Business of Sport podcast using the player below: