Grassroots heroes to be honoured at Herts FA awards night

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Six grassroots champions from across the county will be recognised at the Hertfordshire Football Association’s annual awards in Letchworth tomorrow evening.

Arsenal and England legend Faye White will be guest of honour on the evening, with the awards kicking-off at 7pm.

The FA Community Awards allow us the opportunity to say thank you to those grassroots heroes that dedicate so much time to the game across Hertfordshire.

Pete King, Hertfordshire FA CEO

White, currently commentating on the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the BBC and Sky, will talk to the audience about England Ladies’ forthcoming quarter-final with the hosts Canada, and also present the Hertfordshire FA Community Award winners with their prizes.

Following a two-month long nomination period, this year’s winners were selected for their invaluable commitment to the grassroots game week in, week out.

Bengeo Tigers’ child welfare officer, Peter Malady, will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football prize after introducing a range of measures to stamp out a previous culture of misconduct at the Hertford-based club.

The Tigers will also collect the FA Charter Standard Community Club of the year prize, winning the award for the first time in their history. A remarkable turnaround for Bengeo considering that only three years ago the club had a poor disciplinary record and no Charter Standard status.

Over the past season Bengeo Tigers have had no external discipline issues and now has close to 500 members with a 1:5 male/female ratio.

Hertfordshire FA Awards 2015 - The winners:

Outstanding Contribution to Community Football: Peter Malady (Bengeo Tigers FC)

Volunteer of the Year: Steve Kelly (Evergreen FC)

Young Volunteer of the Year: Kieran Turner (Berkhamsted Raiders FC)

Charter Standard Club of the Year: Chorleywood Common Youth FC

Charter Standard Development Club of the Year: Wheathampstead Wanderers FC

Charter Standard Community Club of the Year: Bengeo Tigers FC

Pete King, Hertfordshire FA CEO, commented on the awards, saying: “We know how much work goes into football on a weekly basis and The FA Community Awards supported by McDonalds allow us the opportunity to say thank you to those grassroots heroes that dedicate so much time to the game across Hertfordshire.”

For more information on the Hertfordshire FA Community Awards evening, please contact Marketing & Communications Officer, Callum Riley on 01462 650218 or email callum.riley@hertfordshirefa.com