The 2017 FA Community Awards: Nominations Open

Deadline Thursday 13th April to nominate a volunteer, club or league

The 2017 Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the UK’s four home nation football associations, are now open for nominations.

The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers across the UK who make a real difference to their communities.

Click here to submit a nomination.

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.

Volunteers should be nominated by someone else rather than nominating themselves, while anyone involved in a club or league can nominate their own club or league.

The categories are as follows:

  • The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award
  • The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award
  • The FA Charter Standard Club Award
  • The FA Charter Standard League of the Year Award
  • Best Inclusive Project Award
  • Coach of the Year 
  • People’s Award - Outstanding Contribution to Community Football
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award

The national winners for each category – except for the ‘People’s Award’ (known as the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ in county and regional rounds) – are chosen by a national panel comprised of ex-professionals and past winners, including 1966 World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.

The national winner of the ‘People’s Award’ is voted for by the public and announced at The FA Community Awards national ceremony. This very special award celebrates exceptional volunteering efforts and carries the added prestige of being voted for by the public.

The nominations period for The FA Community Awards opens in early February and is live for two months.

Entrants for all categories can be nominated via an online form or by post.

The FA provides ongoing support throughout the nominations process, and county, regional and national winners can expect to receive various prizes, ranging from match day tickets, to coaching bursaries, kit, and equipment.


McDonald’s is the longest standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK and continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability. 

McDonald’s Head of English Football Martin Keown is calling on local communities across the UK to nominate those grassroots heroes who have made a real impact.

He said: "McDonald’s has been playing an active role in supporting grassroots football for fifteen consecutive years.

"Being involved in the McDonald’s Community Awards once again has allowed me to see the continued efforts of thousands of unsung heroes that go into making sure young players of all ages, genders and abilities reach their potential."

The former Arsenal and England defender continued: "Anyone can be nominated for an award; from coaches and caretakers to club secretaries and fund raisers, anyone whose selflessness and commitment allows children to enjoy grassroots football in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment and without discrimination."

TV personality and football fan Alex Brooker has backed the 2017 McDonald’s grassroots programme.

"Disability is about what you can do, not about what you can’t do," he said.

"I’ve witnessed first-hand the achievements of disabled athletes. With support, dedication and training, some amazing things can happen.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of sustaining and developing grassroots clubs and the Community Awards recognise the vital contribution they make, giving their time and dedication for the love of the sport.

"Football brings people together; it allows kids to have fun, be social, make new friends and get active."

McDonald’s is a long term partner of the FA, during which time thousands of grassroots clubs have benefitted.

This support has encapsulated all facets of keeping the beautiful game going, from training football coaches and running community football days, to equipping the UK’s 5000+ FA accredited football clubs with brand new kit annually, and is on track to donate its 250,000th kit this year.

Kelly Simmons, Football Participation and Development Director at the FA added: "McDonald’s has supported grassroots football in partnership with The FA for the last 15 years.

"Over that time McDonald’s has become an integral part of growing the game for boys and girls all around the country.

"With McDonald’s investment into key programmes and initiatives, they help us to make great strides in achieving our goal to provide football for all.

"We couldn’t do all that we do without the help of our partners and McDonald’s are a shining example of how to make a difference.

"We thank them for their support for the last 15 years and for the years ahead."

Click here for more information on the awards and past winners.