Woodton United have received a Highly Commended award in the Project of the Year category from Norfolk FA as the regional winners of the The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards were announced last week. The club were recognised for their work becoming the first affiliated LGBT Inclusive football club in the county but were pipped to the post by Match of the Dads, who provide five-a-side football for fathers in our region whilst raising money for The Calm Zone, a charity focused on male mental health and suicide prevention. Norfolk Women’s & Girls’ Football League also received a Highly Commended award for their brilliant work in helping the women’s game grow.
Club secretary Zak Nelson, who oversaw the project said “I’m so proud of this club, I’m over the moon to receive this commendation. It’s fantastic that the club has been recognised for the hard work we’ve put in this season towards making football more accessible, especially for the LGBT community. We’re really excited about next season and we are looking forward to implementing plans which will do nothing but help to reinforce that football should be enjoyed by all. I’d like to personally thank those that nominated us, it really does mean a lot and it makes all those hours of hard work a grassroots football secretary has to do completely worth it!”