We are delighted to announce that we have successfully been shortlisted for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2022 County FA Recognition Awards for our Grassroots Football Wellness Champion project.
In further good news for the county, we are also delighted to confirm that we have been nominated for the Digital Engagement Award for our PitchPartners project.
The Awards, which will be announced at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Thursday 15 September 2022, recognise and endorse the best projects, products and services delivered by County FAs over the past two seasons while sharing best practice and learnings from around the country.
A record breaking 235 submissions have been entered from the 50 County FAs operating across England, highlighting continuous improvements and showcasing how they are innovating to improve grassroots football and increase participation across all levels of the game.
The eleven categories which will be recognised at the awards were:
- Brand Engagement
- Coach Development
- Digital Engagement
- Employee Engagement
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
- Football Development
- Insight & Data
- Special recognition
- Women & Girls
- Youth Engagement
Equality, Diversion and Inclusion - Grassroots Football Wellness Champion
Young people should not face mental health problems alone. That is why we committed to helping recruit, train and support over 90 Wellness Champions as part of the Grassroots Football Wellness Champion project. The aim was to give over 700 teams in our county access to someone who will champion positivity and provide resources and support for its members. The project which was endorsed by the regions three junior football leagues provides specialist training to all Wellness Champions and provides a firm pledge to support the mental health of young people in East Riding.
Digital Engagement - PitchPartners
PitchPartners is a local natural turf grass pitch improvement campaign to enhance the quality of grass pitches across the county, for a better football playing experience. It is built on the involvement of the groundscare community across East Riding FA grassroots football networks and Local Authority partners. We want to put the sector in the spotlight by celebrating the impact of groundscare on football.
East Riding FA CEO Adam Lowthorpe, said: "Everyone at East Riding FA is delighted to see us shortlisted in two categories at the County FA recognition awards. The shortlisted projects are a fantastic example of the great work that is carried out by the County FA for the benefit of grassroots football in our region."
The FA’s Head of Operations for Grassroots Football, Tim Foster added:
“I’d like to congratulate East Riding FA in making the final shortlist for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Digital Engagement Award and all of the other County FAs for their excellent submissions which are testament to their dedication and achievements over the past two seasons.
“The long-standing partnership between the FA and County FAs is a crucial part of our long-term strategy for grassroots football. The partnership is committed to serving those that participate and are involved in the game, and providing the leadership needed to ensure future generations continue to enjoy and benefit from our national game.
“We look forward to recognising and rewarding our County FAs at Wembley Stadium in September and thanking each and every one of them for the vital work they deliver across their local communities.”