TONY SANDERS NAMED GROUNDS TEAM OF THE YEAR AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Northamptonshire FA is immensely proud to announce that Tony Sanders of Earls Barton United has been named Grounds Team of the Year in the national 2019 FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.
After being confirmed as Northamptonshire FA’s 2019 Grounds Team of the Year last month, Tony was put forward for the national awards and received the accolade at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 4 August, prior to the Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Standing alongside England legend Sir Geoff Hurst and Wembley Stadium’s Head Groundsman Karl Standley, Tony was presented with his richly-deserved award (pictured, right).
Tony has become a pillar of the Earls Barton United community and is responsible for some of the best prepared pitches at Step 7, covering two grounds located a mile apart. He supports every one of the club’s teams, and approaches each job with the same diligence and modesty.
But preparing the pitch only covers a fraction of his impact. From cleaning the changing rooms and putting up and taking down nets and corner flags to welcoming referees or stepping in as a linesman, Tony is the rock on which community clubs like his are built.
The whole team at Northamptonshire FA would like to congratulate Tony on this fantastic achievement and thank him for his dedication to the grassroots game in Northamptonshire.