VIDEO: Nominate your South Yorkshire grassroots heroes for FA award

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Does your football club’s coach turn up every week, come rain or shine, win or lose, to cut the pitch - all the time, keeping a smile on his face?

Or do you have a willing volunteer who goes that extra mile to make sure youngsters enjoy playing the beautiful game?

If so, nominate them for the 2014 FA Community Awards!

The awards, presented by McDonald’s, recognise grassroots football clubs and the volunteers that dedicate their free time to ensure young players can participate in grassroots football across the country.

Now in its fifth year, the scheme is supported by former England internationals Martin Keown and Gary Pallister.

Last year, Maltby Juniors won a regional award when they were named Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year.

The club, founded in 1986, has 13 teams - including a newly-formed U16 girls side - and runs a Junior Soccer School for youngsters aged between five and nine.

They were visited by England’s World Cup hero, Sir Geoff Hurst, last year - and this time, it could be your club in the limelight!

Keown, the former Arsenal defender, said: “Kids learn the fundamental basics of any sport at the grassroots level, and personally I owe everything to the volunteers and clubs that sacrificed their time to ensure I could play football.

“The people that paint the lines, hang up the nets, organise the kit and coach the kids are all people we should be recognising.

“It is their dedication that makes football what it is today.”

Former Manchester United man Pallister added: “It isn’t always about creating the next Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard.

“To these grassroots clubs, it is about creating an environment where youngsters can develop a passion for the game.

“They enable kids to play and enjoy the game and if they happen to go all the way, then they have even more to thank the club for.

“What better way to recognise the incredible people that make that happen, than to nominate them for an FA Community Award?”

For more information on how to nominate a club or individual for the awards, or to watch the video, visit The Star’s website at