Our inaugural awards evening was held on Thursday 26th October 2023 at The Forge, Winslade Manor.
Last week saw the return on our annual awards evening, the newly named Devon Football gamily Awards took place at The Forge in Winslade Park. The evening was hosted by David Fitzgerald and we were joined by over 100 guests from across Devon to celebrate Devon Football.
To present the awards we were delighted to welcome Exeter City 1st Team Manager, Gary Caldwell, and his assistant, David Perkins, along with Plymouth Argyle 1st Team Manager, Stephen Schumacher, and his assistant, Mark Hughes.
During the evening we presented twenty five awards across our four categories, England Football Awards, Long Service to Refereeing, and our own Devon County FA awards and Representative Caps.
Not only were our award winners able to have their photo taken with their award on the evening, we were privileged to have the EFL League 1 Trophy on display for all our attendees to have a photo with. We would like to thank Plymouth Argyle for enabling this to take place.
David Parish, Leader of Devon FA’s Council said: “I am proud to have been part of a fantastic evening, celebrating the service to Grassroot football of some of the Fabulous Volunteers we have here in Devon. It was also great to have the support for grassroots football from our 'Professional Clubs'”.
Thank you to all our guests on the evening and congratulations to our award winners, we are already looking forward to next years awards on Thursday 27th June 2024!
Our award winners on the night were;
England Football Grassroots Awards
Coach of the Year (Female Pathway) – Craig Roberts (YMCA All Saints U14 Girls)
Coach of the Year (Male Pathway) – Ashley Down (Watcombe Wanderers Youth U10)
Coach of the Year (Disability Pathway) – Alonzo Marshall (Exeter City Ability Counts)
Grounds Team of the Year – Adam Chidley(Holsworthy Youth)
Club of the Year – Bere Alston United Youth
League of the Year – Devon Ability Counts League
Match Official of the Year – Hayden Austin
Young Volunteer of the Year – Chardonnay James (Signal Box Oak Villa Youth)
New Volunteer of the Year – Joe Yusuf (Brixham Town Walking Football)
Positive Football Environment Award – Bernard Leach (Devon Junior & Minor League)
Services of Refereeing
Long Service to Refereeing (40 Years) – Dudley Frood
Long Service to Refereeing (40 Years) – Neil Jones
Long Service to Refereeing (40 Years) – Reginald Cross
Long Service to Refereeing (40 Years) – Nicholas Chapman
Long Service to Refereeing (40 Years) – Roger Martin
Long Service to Refereeing (50 Years) – Phil Willer
Long Service to Refereeing (50 Years) – Terry Atkins
Long Service to Refereeing (50 Years) – Nigel Pearce
Devon County FA Awards
Charles Nosworthy Award (East) – Budleigh Salterton
Charles Nosworthy Award (West) – Inter Plymouth
Charles Nosworthy Award (South) – Ilsington Villa
Charles Nosworthy Award (North) – South Molton AFC
Charles Nosworthy Overall Award – Inter Plymouth
Long Service Award (East) – Pat McDonagh
Long Service Award (West) – Mark Rowles
Long Service Award (South) – John Mills
Long Service Award (North) – Fred Saunders
Steve Betts Services to Football Award – Neil Keen (Starcross Dons Youth)
DCFA Representative Cap – Gemma Aspinal
DCFA Representative Cap – Laura Capel
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