Nominees for London FA Awards Announced - Vote Now!

The nominees in the categories of Contribution to Youth Football, Contribution to Women and Girls' Football and Contribution to Refereeing have been announced, and are now open to public vote until May 26th 2017.

The nominees are as follows:

London FA Award for Contribution to Women and Girls' Football - vote here:

Mahnoor Rauf: Mahnoor Rauf started the Girls Football Project at the TRC Youth Club three years ago. She is the Female Development Officer for the London County Saturday Youth Football League and was key in organising the U18 7-a-side tournament which was a pre-curser to the Girls Division within the league. Comments for Mahnoor’s nomination included: 

‘(Mahnoor is passionate about football and once stated) ‘I don`t want to be an Asian in Football, I don`t want to be a Muslim in Football, I just want to be a Footballer’’

‘We have been so impressed with Mahnoor as a coach and as a person’

Steve Browne: Steve Browne was a former Charlton Athletic player and non-league manager. He developed the female section of the S&T Academy before moving across to the Haringey Women’s Club to help develop them. Steve sadly passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, and has been nominated by one of his former colleagues. Comments from Steve’s nomination included:

‘(Steve) had lived with the disease for the past 5 years but never gave up on his commitment to the girls in his care or the game.’

‘Steve Browne was committed to improving the ability of girls/women footballers and providing opportunities for those who probably didn't know there were pathways in the game.’

Ramona Paul: Ramona works with the Islington Football Development Partnership as well as running a women’s football league once a week. She is also the fixtures secretary for the Inner London Schools FA Wyn Bailey Trophy. Comments for Ramona’s nomination included:

‘Ramona has driven a number of opportunities for women and girls to play football and not only helped individuals get to play, learn and love the game but is also driven a number of individual and social causes to enable to help others develop themselves through the game of football.’ 

‘Ramona is passionate about helping the individual and by taking a personal driven interest in all the opportunities that she provides, so that it is not just an activity that is being delivered but an opportunity for development in life.’

London FA Award for Contribution to Youth Football - vote here:

Mariusz Stolarczyk: Mariusz founded The Eight FC last year, which now runs 7 youth teams. He coaches the teams on top of running the club. Comments for his nomination included:   

‘I have never met someone so truly passionate about football more than Mariusz Stolarczyk. He always gives 200% of his knowledge, experience and passion.’ 

‘He was fighting really hard to create this club and give a chance for young players to spend their free time in a positive way, passing them his knowledge and experience on a very high level.’

Dawn Hooper-Hayes: Dawn is the club secretary of Sporting Club Thamesmead FC which currently runs 17 teams. She also runs a Saturday morning soccer school for children aged 4-12. Comments for Dawn’s nomination included:

‘Outstanding contribution to youth football giving up endless hours in pursuit of providing football for the local community.’

‘Dawn has brought in coaches to run but has also utilised boys from our existing U16s and u18s to do the coaching. She has then identified boys that have shown real potential and pushed them through to do their level one coaching badges.’

Yemisi Ebofin and Ornella Mbula: Yemesi and Ornella are coaches with the Islington Borough Ladies Youth club, primarily with the U13 team but also with the other age groups within the club. Comments for their nomination included:

 ‘They do so much for the girls, coaching them not only in football skills but how to behave on and outside the pitch, work together as a team, teach each other with respect. They are very inclusive and supportive of all the girls not only the best players.’ 

‘They are passionate about girls playing football and sticking with it. All girls are welcomed and encouraged and supported, not just with football but either academic and social aspects too.’

London FA Award for Contribution to Refereeing - vote here:

Nigel Kyte: Nigel has been refereeing for over 40 years for London FA, and often referees many games each week. Comments for Nigel’s nomination included:

‘His dedication to refereeing never wavers. This season he was diagnosed with arthritis in his knees and has often refereed in discomfort.’

‘He's the kind of guy who when feeling rough or suffering knee pain will always attend the game 'because I refuse to let anyone down'.’

Harry Yennaris: Harry guides and mentors young referees at both Arsenal and Leyton Orient Academy. Comments from Harry’s nomination included:

‘You feel special being part of his academy. He instils discipline and pride in all the young boys and girls that are invited to the academy. He will help you with every aspect of refereeing.’

‘He encourages those from every race, colour and disability.’

Orville Bentley: Orville mentors and coaches referees at a range of different levels as a volunteer. Comments from Orville’s nomination included:

‘Orville is a nice person and a good friend, mentor to have, he's very motivational and supportive, he always find the time to support younger referees, not just who he mentors.’

‘Orville displays genuine passion and pride for developing and mentoring referees, especially those at L9-to 5 and even a number of L4's.’

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