Brian wins grassroots soccer award

Awards''Rugby Sports Awards were staged at The Benn Hall Venue, Newbold Road, Rugby.'Pictured: Nomination for Lifetime Achievement - Brian Crinigan (Rugby Town Junior FC) & Stuart Taylor (Rugby District Sunday Football League).

Awards''Rugby Sports Awards were staged at The Benn Hall Venue, Newbold Road, Rugby.'Pictured: Nomination for Lifetime Achievement - Brian Crinigan (Rugby Town Junior FC) & Stuart Taylor (Rugby District Sunday Football League).

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Grassroots football volunteer Brian Crinigan, from Rugby, has been named the winner of the Birmingham CFA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Community category, in the 2013 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Now in their fourth year, The FA Community Awards, recognise and celebrate those coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues in counties across England, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.

Brian helped set up Rugby Town JFC in 1995 and since then has seen the club grow from just one team to now offering 38 squads from under 5s all the way through to the under 21s, including boys and girls teams across nearly all age ranges.

During his time at the club, Brian has helped raise more than £1.5 million to help renovate and look after the facilities with Brian himself getting stuck in helping to cut the grass, repair fences and maintaining the playing areas to the point that the entire borough now uses Rugby Town JFC’s facilities for their training and matches.

Brian also helped to set up a sports facility for the club and the local community, featuring astro turf pitches and changing rooms which took two years to complete and is now fully open.

As winner of the county award, Brian has automatically been shortlisted for the regional awards and is now in with a chance of winning the award in the Midlands. If selected, he will qualify for the national shortlist with the winners being announced at a ceremony at Wembley on Sunday 11th August.

McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, said: “Grassroots football is so strong in this country due to the superb volunteers who donate hours of their free time in maintaining the pitches, washing the kit and coaching youngsters. If it wasn’t for them then the game simply wouldn’t exist. Brian is a true grassroots hero and deserves the recognition and I wish him the best of the luck in the regional awards.”