English football’s grassroots heroes are to be honoured at the 2014 FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s ahead of Sunday's Community Shield match at Wembley connected by EE.
Launched in 2009, the awards continue to grow, highlighting stories of selfless dedication in the sport.
The winners fall into eight categories – incorporating leagues and clubs that have made a positive impact at grassroots level as well as individuals who are recognised for their tireless dedicated to the National Game.
As ever, the selection panel was inundated with hundreds of nominations and unearthed some amazing stories.
Categories include Club of the Year and as well gongs for Coach and Volunteer of the Year.
Members of the public also got a chance to have their say by voting for shortlisted finalists in the People’s Award category.
Among those handing out awards at Wembley will be Sir Geoff Hurst. The former World Cup winner said: “Volunteers and clubs like these are what keep the grassroots game alive. Their efforts give children and adults of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in a safe environment, and without them the game we know and love couldn’t exist.”
Alex Horne, the FA General Secretary said:
“The task of selecting the winners gets harder each year as more and more examples emerge of the passion and dedication shown. So I salute all the leagues, clubs and individuals who make a massive contribution to football and commend the winners who have demonstrated a willingness to go that extra mile to make a real difference.”