September 11, 2012
The awards are split into differing categories with County Winners put forward to Regional level, with subsequent Regional Winners placed on a National shortlist.
This year’s awards were once again presented at Cumberland FA’s annual County Dinner held at The Greenhill Hotel, Wigton with special guest for the evening, Geoff Turrell (Retired Chief Executive of Cumberland FA) on hand to present the Awards to the club representatives and individuals.
Please see below for information on this Year’s Winners:
Colin Seel - Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award
Colin Seel has devoted 50 years to football through a variety of roles within the Football league and Grassroots football. While refereeing within the Football League he became a role model and an inspiration to many young new referee’s who were starting to officiate in local grassroots leagues.
After retiring from the Football League, Colin used his vast knowledge and experience within local football through officiating in the Carlisle and District League, and his enthusiasm for the game became very infectious. Colin recently received his 50 years service to Refereeing Award.
Colin has been a major driving force in the development of the Carlisle Glass Longhorn Youth League, especially in the league’s early days when it was trying to survive and become established. Colin is the current President of the Carlisle Glass Longhorn Youth League and has for a number of years produced and published the league’s handbook and identified sponsors to cover publishing costs.
Cockermouth JFC – FA Charter Standard Community Club Award
Over a number of years Cockermouth JFC have demonstrated the ability to provide a well run, sustainable football club with a focus on delivering playing opportunities for children; both male and female to enjoy within their local community. Cockermouth JFC currently provide playing opportunities for over 300 boys and girls through a number of boys (U8 – U18) and girls (U10 – U16) teams as well as their turn up and play sessions.
Over the years Cockermouth JFC have established quality school club links with a number of local schools providing a player pathway for both boys and girls in the local community. These links have been a tremendous asset to the development of the girls section of the club.
Cockermouth JFC would not have achieved all this fantastic work if it was not for an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer workforce, which continues to grow and develop on an annual basis. Cockermouth JFC have established positive links with local businesses which have supported the needs of the clubs continual growth.
Dalston Junior Black Reds – FA Charter Standard Development Club Award
Since their formation over 10 years ago the club has grown significantly from a membership of around 30 to well over 180 children actively taking part in junior football. Having been one of the first clubs in the County to achieve The FA Charter Standard award, Dalston JBR has continued to embrace the ethos of the programme.
During their development as a club they have strived to maintain their values and belief in providing equal opportunities for all young players regardless of age, ability, social standing and in some cases financial circumstances. Dalston JBR currently provide playing opportunities from U7’s through to U18’s as well as running come and play sessions for children aged 4 to 6 years.
Dalston JBR continues to influence, support and promote the development of junior football in their local community. As a growing club they encourage and promote older players to return back down the ladder to assist with coaching and the running of the younger age groups. This has resulted in two of the older players attending a basic Referee course to assist with officiating on match days.
Crosby Comets FC – FA Charter Standard Club Award
Crosby Comets were only started in May 2009 by Andrew Banks and Stephen Oglanby with only an Under 10 mixed side entered into the 2009/10 season. Since that year the word spread and numbers started to grow, and for the 2010/11 season Crosby Comets entered an Under 12’s boys and an Under 12’s girls team along with the Under 10’s. Crosby Comets have further developed and last season ran an Under 8 mixed, Under 10 girls, Under 14 girls and an Under 12 boys.
The club has developed strong links with the local school and utilises the school field for both training and match days which has provided great support to their continued development.
In August 2010 the club achieved The FA Charter Standard Club Award which was a huge recognition and achievement for all the volunteers who support the running of the club and its teams. Without the commitment from Andrew, Stephen and all of the clubs volunteers this achievement would not have been possible.
Kevin Bell – Volunteer of the Year Award
Season 2011/12 saw a major development in disability football in Cumberland with the introduction of the Carlisle United Ability Counts League, Just Play Ability Counts Football Centres and the School Ability Counts Festival programme. The success of all the programmes is due to the volunteer support in setting them up and delivering them. Kevin provided huge support within a number of roles in all the events, whether it was as a role model, player or coach.
Kevin is himself a disabled footballer who has participated in mainstream football and has gone to complete his FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching qualifications. In 2011 Kevin was successfully selected for the North West’s Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence.
Through his individual achievements, Kevin has inspired other disabled footballers. But it is through his commitment and desire to support and develop playing opportunities for others within the County that Kevin has become a great ambassador. His commitment to promote and coach within the West Cumbria Just Play Ability Counts Football Centre as well as provide transport solutions for participants has enabled the programme to be a success. In the Carlisle United Ability Counts League Kevin not only manages West Cumbria United Ability Counts FC but provides advice and support to all players and teams that participate within the league to aid development and fairness.
Kevin Bell was also named the North West Regional Award Winner for 2012. We are delighted that Kevin was successful in being named the North West Regional Volunteer of the Year Award. This reflects the huge part he has played in the development of disability football and will continue to do so in the coming years.
Georgia Smethurst – Young Volunteer of the Year Award
Georgia is a fantastic role model to any young volunteer and has contributed well over 40 hours of her time in football. This has been achieved through supporting weekly football sessions at Northbank FC, supporting County FA events (including officiating in this year’s Futsal programme) and the annual Charter Standard Festival.
As a qualified referee, Georgia officiates between 1 and 4 games a week and shows a tremendous attitude to refereeing and always shows respect to everyone involved. Georgia is also a Sports Leader at school and was selected as a young ambassador for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics.
As well as all the volunteering Georgia has done, she still has time to play the game for a number of teams at School and County level including Carlisle City.
Georgia is part of Cumberland FA’s Football Futures programme, supporting young leaders to further develop.
Terence Gilroy – Coach of the Year
Terence has been involved in coaching and managing girl’s football teams at Abbeytown Juniors FC for the past 11 years. Terence started coaching the Under 10 girl’s team, which his daughter played for and has supported and developed these players right up to Under 16 level. Over the years Terence has also coached a number of other girl’s teams at Abbeytown Juniors FC, and all the players he has worked with and supported hold him in high regard.
Terence is extremely dedicated to football and spends a huge amount of effort behind the scenes making sure everything is organised which allows players to enjoy the game. Terence is also very passionate about recruiting new volunteers for the football club and encourages many other fathers to get involved, and supports the club in arranging volunteer training events.
Each winner was invited to the County Dinner where a short video of their season was shown to the audience championing the hard work that each deserving winner has put in over a number of years. Each winner will shortly be receiving a copy of their video which we will also be hoping to embed into our website for everyone to share.
Each club and team has a willing volunteer who ensures boys and girls play football, and without these the grassroots game would not take place. Cumberland FA values all volunteers within the game and are delighted that The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds are a way of us sharing the good news stories and endless hours that go into playing football.
The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds are an open nomination process, with winners decided by a panel each year.