Volunteers from Leagues, Clubs and other organisations affiliated with the Durham County FA Football Family, received awards at the Association’s Annual Awards Evening held at the Emirates International Cricket Ground, Durham on Thursday 29th August 2019 as a thank you for the many hours, effort and dedication they have put into their voluntary roles which provide an opportunity for so many to participate in football at the grassroots level.
Over 80 people attended the evening which began with the presentation of the FA Grassroots Football Awards for Clubs, Match Officials and Volunteers followed by the first ever Durham County FA Partnership Award. The evening then progressed with the awards for Long Service in administration to football for over 30, 40 and 50 years presented to some very deserving volunteers from across the County, the total number of year was in excess of 550. To finish the evening a Special Recognition Award was presented to two coaches for the potentially lifesaving emergency medical care administered during a grassroots football match when the referee fell extremely ill.
Each of the winners and runners up were announced by Company secretary, John Topping and they were presented with a framed certificate and glassware from new President of the Durham County FA, Mel Spedding and Durham County FA Football Ambassador and former Sunderland AFC legend Gary Bennett.
Durham County FA Company Secretary John Topping thanked all who attended and the Durham County FA staff for the preparation in making the event so successful, and added that if anyone is aware of people with Long Service they should contact the office for an application form.
For a link to photos from the event, please click the link below. Information on grassroots football is also shared on Twitter by following @DurhamFA at www.twitter.com/DurhamFA , Facebook at www.facebook.com/DurhamCountyFA and Instagram at www.instagram.com/DurhamCountyFA . Alternatively, E-Mail info@DurhamFA.com or call 0191 3872929.
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FA Grassroots Football Awards
FA Charter Standard Club of the Year
Winner: Bishop Auckland Girls FC
Runner Up: Chester-le-Street Town Youth FC
Coach of the Year
Winner: David Coe (Birtley Town Juniors FC)
Runner Up: Danny Lee (Crook Town Youth)
Grounds Team of the Year
Winner: David Houghton (Felling Magpies YFC)
Runner Up: Andrew Chapman (South Tyneside Ability FC)
Match Official of the Year
Winner: Tim Camsell
Runner Up: Colin Todd
Winner: Gateshead Rutherford AFC
Runner Up: Swalwell Juniors FC
Supporter of the Year
Winner: Paul Lauder
Runner Up: Nancy Glover
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Norman Smith (Shildon AFC)
Runner Up: Vicki Burton (Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies)
Rising Star of the Year
Winner: Kieron Alexander (Gateshead Redheugh FC)
Durham County FA Partnership Award
Winners: Young Asian Voices
Long Service Awards
Over 30 Years’ Service to Football Administration
James Brian Nielsen
Over 40 Years’ Service to Football Administration
Over 50 Years’ Service to Football Administration
Durham County FA Special Recognition Award