Manchester FA 2017 Grassroots Heroes

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Local grassroots champions from across Greater Manchester have been named as this year’s winners of The FA Community Awards presented by McDonald's.

Throughout February people have been nominating their grassroots heroes within the county, from individual volunteers to clubs with an overall fantastic response.

Following the seven-week nomination period a judging panel, made up of local County FA and McDonald's representatives, selected this year's winners for their invaluable commitment to the grassroots game.

This year's Manchester FA County Winners are:

Billy Hunter
People's Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football)

Cerebral Palsy United FC
The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award

Kersal FC
The FA Charter Standard Club Award

Jimmy Jacob
The FA Coach of the Year Award

Sam Coleman
The FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Abraham Moss Warriors
Best Inclusive Project Award

Congratulations to all those named above! Now the County Winners have been shortlisted for a regional (North West) award, the lucky winners of this will be announced in due course. Any representation for Manchester FA will also be promoted via our channels to further congratulate their achievements.

More information on our winners can be found below...

Billy Hunter - People's Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football)
Being with Delamere Rangers JFC for 10 years as Coach, Manager, Welfare Officer and most recently Chairman he works tirelessly to ensure players, coaches and parents all have the best possible football club. He is known as Mr. Delamere as he is the club with the amount he helps out with.

Cerebral Palsy United FC - The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award
A club striving for excellence, they have recently retained their FA Disability Cup crown and continue to grow with the number of teams they have under the CP United FC name. As CP Football is a specific target group they work hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for their players and coaches to be 'the best they can be'.

Kersal FC - The FA Charter Standard Club Award
A fairly new club, they have grown rapidly and continue to support their players and volunteers in the best way possible. Kersal FC have also had glowing reports from the local community for the work they do. This hasn't gone unnoticed as they have been recognised by the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford.

Jimmy Jacob - The FA Coach of the Year Award 
The Development Officer at Droylsden Juniors he virtually single-handedly established a girls section that is now thriving. He is running an SSE Wildcats soccer school supported by The FA to increase the provision available in the area for girls to play football. Always smiling nothing is too much trouble for him.

Sam Coleman - The FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award
Now in his second season at Hollinwood he has over 50 children under his remit. Overseeing two U8 teams, an U7 squad, a soccer school and a newly established 'Soccer for Tots' for girls aged from three, he gives up so much of his spare time to give children the chance to improve their skills.

Abraham Moss Warriors - Best Inclusive Project Award
Catering for a range of minority groups, the club is a large local club for the local people. Over the past twelve months, they have run a unique project alongside football, as they offer sessions to parents and siblings to get involved in sport whilst their child plays football. This allows the whole family to do some form of physical activity through the week.