Vote for your local unsung football hero in Suffolk FA awards

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Entries are now being invited for the FA Community Awards 2016, presented by McDonald’s.

The annual awards, which are into their sixth year, are designed to celebrate the work that is carried out by football’s unsung heroes across Suffolk.

The accolades are split into seven categories: FA Charter Standard Club of the Year, FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year. FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year. FA Charter Standard League of the Year. FA Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25), FA Volunteer of the Year and the People’s Award for outstanding contribution to community football.

Each category will be judged at county and then regional level, from which a national shortlist will be created.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to nominate those individuals you know who give up hours each week to help run football in Suffolk,” said FA development manager Nathan French.

“We are so fortunate to have so many brilliant volunteers in clubs and leagues across the county and we all know that grassroots football wouldn’t happen without them.

“With over 6,500 volunteers involved in football across Suffolk on a weekly basis, it would be great if some of these individuals could receive local and maybe even regional or national recognition for all they do.”

Entries are open until Thursday, March 31 and you can find out how to cast your nomination by visiting www.suffolkfa.com