The national winners of the annual FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards have been revealed, with Oliver Miller from Partington in Trafford being crowned the winner of the 2020 Bobby Moore award.
The FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards celebrate the efforts of volunteers across England who go the extra mile to support their local communities. Now in its eleventh year, the awards saw a record amount of entries in 2020. Oliver joins a long list of inspirational grassroots football heroes who have been recognised by the awards programme.
At just 13 years old, Oliver is an inspiration to other children like him. He plays for Cerebral Palsy United’s Under 14s team where he is a key performer. His positive influence is felt right across the club and wider community, arriving early every week to help set up training, delivering coaching to younger teams and even helping serve in the club café. He is a member of the club’s Futures Programme, where he is both a mentor and mentee and goes out of his way to make other younger players feel part of the club.
Oliver’s emotional intelligence, humour and caring nature make him a very worthy winner of this year’s Bobby Moore Award. He will be presented with his award at an event at a later date.
Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador and 1966 World Cup winner, said: “In what has been a hugely challenging year for the whole country, it feels particularly important to recognise the dedication of volunteers who work tirelessly to have a positive impact on their local communities. I have been involved with the Grassroots Football Awards since the very beginning and the stories of the winners never fail to impress me. Oliver should be extremely proud of his work and grassroots football in Trafford is in a much better place with him being a part of it.”
Local McDonald’s franchisee Mark Nuttall who is an avid supporter of grassroots football in Greater Manchester said: “It’s an honour to recognise the work of people like Oliver within the grassroots football community in Trafford. It’s clear to see the impact Oliver has not just on his teammates and club, but the wider grassroots and disability football community. His story really highlights the difference people like him make to our community.”
Having worked with The FA for the past 18 years, McDonald’s is the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK. Throughout this time, it has championed the work of volunteers who invest countless hours of time to deliver safe, enjoyable football to children and young adults regardless of age, gender or disability.
Last year McDonald’s also celebrated a milestone moment in the McDonald’s Fun Football Programme as it reached 2 million hours of Fun Football provided to children across the UK. McDonald’s is committed to its target of giving over 500,000 children the opportunity to play football for the first time and providing over 5 million hours of football to 5-11-year-olds by 2022.
For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out how your club could benefit, follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.
To find out more about all of the 2020 FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Award winners, visit http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/grassroots-football-awards/winners