FA Chairman, Greg Clarke with Manchester FA staff promoting the nomination process for the 2018 Grassroots Awards.

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The nomination window for the 2018 Grassroots Awards is now open. Who are your #McrGrassrootsHeroes?

After the success of our 2017 awards in November, we're proud to announce the 2018 awards nomination window is now open until Sunday 20 May.

The fourth annual awards ceremony will once again take place at The Midland Hotel on Friday 13 July and will recognise the achievements and contributions of the dedicated and inspirational volunteers from within grassroots football in Greater Manchester for the 2017/18 season.

Below are the award categories you are able to nominate in, including the Long Service Award. This year you can submit your nomination(s) online, or through the traditional method of downloading the form and returning it by email or post.

Grassroots Awards

We all know at least one person who makes a difference to our grassroots community in Greater Manchester.

Please scroll down for the nomination criteria description of each award.

Nominate Online

Long Service Award

Any member of the grassroots community in Greater Manchester can be nominated who have volunteered and served either 10, 15, 25 or 50 years.

All award nominees are invited to join us and be presented with their award at our annual celebration.

Nominate Online

Downloading the paper copy?

All nomination forms must be returned to Awards@ManchesterFA.com by Sunday 20 May 2018 in order to be considered. You can find the relevant document at the bottom of this page.

Ticket details for the event will be confirmed and communicated in April. The following awards, including shortlists, will be decided by the Manchester FA Football Development Team; Male Team of the Year, Female Team of the Year, Disability Team of the Year and Best Use of Social Media.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR FROM OUR #mcrGrassrootsHeroes...

A Member Club that deserves recognition for the work they do.

Are they the focal point within the community and provide playing opportunities for all?

Are they successful on and off the pitch and provide a positive environment?

Any Member League that has created a positive and sustainable playing atmosphere for all its teams, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Do they support volunteers to make playing the game easy and enjoyable?

Are they innovative in how they run/communicate and create opportunities for all?

Is the league sustainable and have a committee structure to oversee all areas of the game?

Someone who gives up their spare time to be involved in grassroots football in Greater Manchester.

Be this an official role within a club or league committee such as Secretary, Chairman or Welfare Officer or they maybe a parent who takes the kit home to wash or oversees the clubs social media exposure?

We are looking for someone who goes that extra mile without asking for any personal recognition or rewards.

A volunteer under the age of 25 who gives up their time to benefit our footballing community.

Do they manage the promotion of your club/league on social media or are they an assistant to a secretary?

Do they help out at your club in a variety of areas and provide continual support for the future sustainability of grassroots football in Greater Manchester?

A coach who continually supports the development of players both in training and on match-days.

Do they offer feedback, ideas, 1 to 1 guidance/mentoring and advice?

Are they constantly looking to learn and better themselves for the benefit of the development of both the club/team and players?

This is about finding a person whose efforts constantly slip under the radar.

If this person was not involved, would their absence be felt and would it have a negative effect on any form of our grassroots community?

Do they regularly give their all for the benefit of others?

Do they do the jobs others wouldn't dream of or have left untouched to make sure that a positive environment is created for all?

An individual, team or group who have gone that extra mile to offer an unbelievable act of kindness or support.

Do they promote enjoyment, fairness and safety?

Are they advocates of the values of the Manchester FA grassroots community?

Have they helped an individual in a positive way or offered support?

Recognising a new innovative, sustainable grassroots football project that engages with a wide range of participants for the good of the local community.

The project must be linked into a Manchester FA grassroots club and create new diverse playing provisions and pathways for all.

A person who has given numerous volunteer hours over a sustained period of time to help develop the grassroots game/wider community in Greater Manchester.

Have they helped countless people progress and personally develop?

As well as carrying out various tasks with a smile and positive outcome for all involved?

To speak to somebody at Manchester FA, contact:

0161 225 1966

The offices at Platt Lane are open Monday-Friday (8am-8pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm).

Overall a top evening. The whole event was packed full of great stories. Food was superb, music was good at the end and the night was a great success!