All the Berkshire Football Awards 2020 categories explained

From player of the year to isolation content

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Nominations for the 2020 Berkshire Football Awards supported by PlaySport are now open, but before you go and start your nominations, have a read through the categories for this year.

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Most Improved Ground

We’re looking for the ground that’s taken what its got, and improved on it. Maybe it’s one small part of the ground that’s been bettered or perhaps the whole space.

Supporter of the season

Clubs supporters at this level are to be treated like gold dust. Is there one who’s followed your side home and away come rain or shine? Perhaps they’ve simply backed the team to the hilt all year.

Volunteer of the Season

Berks County's Steve Kay accepts his award for Volunteer of the Season. Photo: Neil Graham
Berks County’s Steve Kay accepts his award for Volunteer of the Season in 2018. Photo: Neil Graham

There wouldn’t be a football scene in Berkshire without these men and women who’s efforts go largely unsung outside of their clubs. Whether they are managing an under 11s or jumping on a tractor to cut the grass and paint lines. We want to hear about these people!

Best Photo

We have some great photographers sharing photos with us, but is there one that stands out? Are there images that we’ve not seen? Let us know – and don’t forget to include a link.

Goal of the Season

This one is only going to work if we can see video clips, so if you want to nominate a goal make sure you have a link to the video!

Best website or Social Media presence

We know only too well how valuable the club or league website has become. We also understand how much time it takes keeping the darn things up to date, so tell us which website has impressed you this season! This could also be an impressive club or league social media account.

Best Isolation Engagement Campaign or Content

An unprecedented season that saw football, at least in non league, left unfinished thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. What has followed is a period of isolation, with the void partly filled by clubs and players producing some great, funny, uplifting and educational content. What was your favourite?

Reporter of the Season

Does your club have a brilliant match reporter? Is there someone in the local media who’s done a great job publicising your club?

Outstanding contribution to local football

Binfield's Rob Challis accepts his award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Football. Photo: Neil Graham
Binfield’s Rob Challis accepts his award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Football in 2018. Photo: Neil Graham

Not everyone can commit a season to a club, but they can create one outstanding moment of contribution. Did a sponsor stump up for an away day coach? Was Billy’s dad out all night pushing water off the pitch?

Manager of the Season

Some managers are volunteers. Other managers do it as a second career. It depends on the level, this award celebrates the art of managing a football team. Did your gaffer save you from relegation, did you runaway with the league or have they just helped you improve your game personally?

Referee of the Season

It’s a cliché, but being a referee is a bit of a thankless task but the reality is we wouldn’t have a game without them. So tell us who has been a top notch referee this season.

Young Player of the Season (Female)

Kiah Owen with Tom White at the EPC Bracknell Football Awards 2019. Photo: Philip J.A Benton/philipbenton.com

Who’s stood out for you this season? Who’s improved? Who’s had a brilliant season? For young female players. Limited to players between the ages of 16 and 21.

Young Player of the Season (Male)

Who’s stood out for you this season? Who’s improved? Who’s had a brilliant season? For young male players. Limited to players between the ages of 16 and 21.

Player of the Season (Female)

Who has been the best female player you’ve watched or played with locally this season?

Player of the Season (Male)

Who has been the best male player you’ve watched or played with locally this season?

The Darrell Freeland Award for service to the local game

Neville Batt with Tom White at the EPC Bracknell Football Awards 2019. Photo: Philip J.A Benton/philipbenton.com

Chosen by the judges as a single person who has given outstanding service to the grassroots games in Berkshire.

Nominations are closed

Sorry, nominations for the 2020 awards are now closed.

Award Nomination Rules

  • Nominations will close at 10pm on Sunday 14th June 2020
  • Nominations must have an association with Berkshire, either through a club, competition or place of residence. For example, if you live in Basingstoke but volunteer at Thatcham Town, you would be eligible
  • The awards night will be on Wednesday 17th June 2020
  • You can nominate as many people as you like for each award
  • Due to difficulties in obtaining permissions under child protection law we won’t consider any player under the age of 16 for nomination in any of the categories

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Yes! The awards are taking place at the marvellous Double-Barrelled Brewery in Reading and we’ll have food available. Tickets will be limited but on sale from 29th May. If you’d like to know when so you don’t miss out, make sure you’ve signed up to our email newsletter here.

Scroll down to the bottom of this article for the nomination form. Before you do that though, here’s what the judging panel are looking for when choosing the shortlist.

What’s the story? Tell us exactly why the person or place should be considered. We hate to get all ‘X Factor journey’ on you but the more detail you can include, the better we can argue for your nominee for the short list.

The sort of details we love to see include things like player awards, goals, clean sheets and any other significant contributions to the footballing community – obviously within the 2023/24 season.

We’ll publish all the nominees for the Berkshire Football Awards as we receive them.

You can view all the 2024 nominees so far here.

Want to know who’s previously won what at the Berkshire Football Awards? There’s a big long page with all the previous winners here.

Nominations will be open until midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Long List will be published on Wednesday 29th May and the Short List on Friday 31st May.

Once nomination window has closed, the nominations in each category will be put before a panel of judges for a decision, the top four announced online and the winners at the awards night on Wednesday 19th June.

We will accept nominations for people out of area, the only prerequisite is that the reason for nomination is that it must be because of an affiliation with a club we cover on Football in Berkshire (a full list is at the bottom of this page). We will present certificates and a trophy to the winners.

  • You can nominate as many people as you like for each award
  • Please try and avoid nominating your own family members.
  • Due to difficulties in obtaining permissions under child protection laws we won’t consider any player under the age of 16 for nomination in any of the categories

Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2024 Berkshire Football Awards are now closed!

What’s next? Look out for the Long List of all the nominations which will be published here and across all our channels by midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Short List for each category will then be published at midday on Wednesday 29th May 2024. At that point, tickets will be made available to attend the awards night at Double-Barrelled Brewery in Reading on the evening of Wednesday 19th June 2024. If you’d like notification of when tickets are available, sign up to our newsletter here.

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