Grassroots football heroes honoured in FA awards

Birmingham County FA announces winners of its 2020 FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.

After almost 200 nominations were submitted by the local grassroots football community, a Birmingham County FA judging panel has selected the winners of its prestigious FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards for the 2019-20 season.

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. They aim to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game – and say a huge thank you for all of their efforts.

This year’s Birmingham County FA award winners are as follows.

Grassroots Coach of the Year Adult – Jonathon Hill (AFC Solihull)

Grassroots Coach of the Year Youth – Glenn Short (Deer Park FC)

Club of the Year – Midland Down Syndrome

Grassroots League of the Year – Stourbridge & District Youth League

Grassroots Volunteer of the Year – Dean Brandrick (Warwick Juniors)

Rising Star of the Year – Kerri Wood Rugby Town Girls

Project of the Year – Leamington FC

We Only Do Positive Award – Ford Daniel (Bedworth United)

Match Official of the Year – Alan Toms

Club Welfare Officer of the Year – Dawn Miller (Phoenix United Minor FC)

Richard Lindsay, Birmingham County FA Business Insight Manager, said: “Birmingham County FA fully appreciates that without the help, support and passionate dedication of its grassroots volunteers, football simply would not happen in our region. Through the FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards we are able to recognise individuals, clubs, teams, leagues and supporters who have gone above and beyond to make football a success both on and off the field.

“This year more than ever we have seen the positive impact local volunteers have had on communities and we have been bowled over by the way grassroots football has pulled together to offer its support during the most challenging of times.

“We are extremely proud of all of our winners this year and each of them are fully deserving of their individual accolades. Hopefully they can get to share their success with colleagues, family and friends very soon.”

All ten local winners will now go forward to represent Birmingham at the regional stage of the competition.

To find out more about this year’s winners and read their award nominations, visit