ERCFA Awards 2017

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The East riding County FA awards 2017, with Sir Geoff Hurst in attendance, was a huge success in recognising and rewarding volunteers from within the grassroots game.

For the first time in the County FA's history we produced a full evening where a number of award presentations came together to recognise volunteers for 50 years service, refereeing, walking football and 8 categories from the FA Community Awards, supported by McDonalds.

Picking up 50 years service to football awards where Pete Smurthwaite Chairman of Bridlington Town AFC, Judith Sugden Secretary of Easington United and Roger Smith Secretary of the East Riding County Football League.

Compare for the evening, CEO Adam Lowthorpe, introduced and spoke to the three winners about their time in football before Sir Geoff presented them with their letter of certification from Barry Bright, leader of FA Council.

Pete Smurthwaite

Sir Geoff Hurst with Peter Smurthwaite

Judith Sugden

Sir Geoff Hurst with Judith Sugden

Roger Smith

Sir Geoff Hurst with Roger Smith

Following the 50 years service awards Referee Development Officer Steve Lazenby presented referees awards for the time and energy they have put into the game from the centre circle, on the line or as a fourth official. Mark Brown, Richard West, Matty Wright and Frank Broughton all picked up an award recognising their achievements.

Mark Brown

Sir Geoff Hurst with Mark Brown

Richard West

Sir Geoff Hurst with Richard West

Matty Wright

Sir Geoff Hurst with Matty Wright

Frank Broughton

Sir Geoff Hurst with Frank Broughton

Walking football has seen huge growth within the East Riding with 3 independent walking football clubs setting up on their own through the help of Just Play Development Officer Chris Johnson who presented this section of the awards. With this boom in growth a dedicated award section was created to recognise walking football heroes for 2017. The recipients of these awards were Mike Evans, Allan Cooke and Trevor Bridges.

Mike Evans

Sir Geoff Hurst with Mike Evans

Allan Cooke

Sir Geoff Hurst with Allan Cooke

Trevor Bridges

Sir Geoff Hurst with Trevor Bridges

The final awards of the evening were the FA Community Awards, supported by McDonalds, for which Sir Geoff was mainly here to support as his current role as a McDonalds Ambassador. Tom Lee, our Football Development Officer who organises these awards for the East Riding, then presented the awards within 8 categories recognising clubs, leagues, projects and individuals for their work they do for the beautiful game to take place week in week out within the County.


Sir Geoff Hurst presenting Club Secretary Chris Kirkham with Burlington Jackdaws award for Charter Standard Club of the Year 2017.

Holme Rovers

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting Club Committee members from Holme Rovers FC with their award for Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2017.

South Cave

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting club representatives from South Cave Sporting for their award for Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2017.

County League

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting League Committee members from the East Riding County Football League for their County & Regional Award for FA Charter Standard League of the Year 2017.

Pace Makers

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting Committee members and participants from Hull Pace Makers Walking Football Club for their award for Best Inclusive Project 2017.

Bradley Holmes

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting Bradley Holmes with his award for Coach of the Year 2017.

Young Volunteer

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting coaches and players from the Friendly Soccer Academy who picked up the Young Volunteer of the Year award 2017 on behalf of Piotr Jach, Rafal Bialach and Dominik Bialach.

Brian Freeman

Sir Geoff Hurst presenting Brian Freeman with his Peoples Choice award for his Outstanding Contribution to Community Football 2017.

During the evening, thanks to the huge support Women & Girls Development Officer Kirsty Leake is doing in supporting our Lionesses while they take on other Countries from around the world in Holland at this years UEFA Women's European Championships, attendees took the time to salute them to show all our support & sending them the best of luck on their campaign.

Salute 1


Salute 2

At the end of the evening Sir Geoff took questions from the audience which County Development Manager Graham Turner asked on their behalf. Sir Geoff was fantastic and spoke about his time growing up, how the game has changed, his current role as an ambassador for McDonalds and of course his hat-trick of goals in a World Cup Final that saw England win the World Cup in 1966.

We would just like to thank all those that came on the evening. It was wonderful to recognise and reward so many worthy volunteers for the work they put into the game. We also want to thank those & recognise those that were not at the awards as there are so many people out there that do deserve such recognition.

The team behind the awards send you their thanks and want to say keep up the great work!

Team Photo

From left to right: CEO Adam Lowthorpe, CDM Graham Turner, WAG Kirsty Leake, RDO Steve Lazenby, FDO Tom Lee and JPO Chris Johnson.

To watch the nomination videos from the evening for the FA Community Awards please check them out below.


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