Congratulations to Berkhamsted Raiders, who have been named Hertfordshire FA Grassroots Club of the Year for 2022.
On 30 December, Herts FA confirmed the winners of the England Football Grassroots Awards for 2022. In the words of the FA, ‘these awards recognise and celebrate the people that put their heart and soul into the grassroots game in Hertfordshire and say a huge thank you to the volunteers who inspire us all.’
The winners were selected by a panel of judges drawn from across Hertfordshire football, following nominations made by the public across a range of different categories.
The FA’s aim with these awards is to recognise people who have made a real difference, rising to overcome challenges, and making a truly positive impact in their community.
All nine winners are individuals and organisations that were recognised by the FA for bringing football to everyone in their communities and creating a positive playing environment for all to enjoy the game.
Raiders, as the only club awarded, is exceptionally proud of its record of not only growing membership to over 1,300 but also continuing to expand its girls’ football section with more than 350 players this season. The club also runs inclusive football for people with physical and neurological disabilities, walking football, and the increasingly popular Futsal format.
Chris Armond, Raiders Chair of Trustees, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted with this news, it’s a genuine honour for the club to be recognised in this way. On behalf of the whole club, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, staff, parents and players who give their time and passion to making the club what it is.’
To see a short video of Chris receiving the award click on the link: Chris Armond FA Instagram
Karl Lingham, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire FA, said: ‘Our role at Hertfordshire FA is to support grassroots football and the thousands of volunteers involved in the game across our county. We are always full of admiration for those who give up their time for others, working hard to improve standards and increase opportunities in the game.
‘Congratulations to our award winners and a huge thank you to the many Grassroots Heroes across Hertfordshire whose amazing efforts make football happen.’
For more details on the awards click on the link: Herts FA Grassroots Awards 2022