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2019 UEFA Grassroots Awards winners

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2019 UEFA Grassroots Awards winners

England, Germany, Poland, Norway and Scotland have won the gold prizes in the 2019 UEFA Grassroots Awards, which reward leaders, clubs and projects in Europe for excellence in the crucial grassroots football sector.

All UEFA member associations were invited to submit proposals, and 143 applications were received. The award winners were announced to mark UEFA Grassroots Week, during which activities have been taking place across Europe, with the aim of encouraging and inspiring participation in all forms of football.

The number of prestigious UEFA Grassroots Awards has increased this year from three to five – Best Disability Initiative and Best Professional Football Club have been added to the list of honours.

Fatima Hussein (England); "Kick off for a new life" (Germany); Alternative Sports Club ZŁY (Poland); Star League (Norway) and Aberdeen FC (Scotland) have won the respective gold awards in five categories – Best Grassroots Leader, Best Grassroots Project, Best Grassroots Club, Best Disability Initiative and Best Professional Football Club. 

The golden winners were all presented with their awards by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin at the House of European Football in Nyon.

Silver and bronze awards have gone to other deserving candidates.

The UEFA Grassroots Week takes place in conjunction with the European Week of Sport and in cooperation with the European Commission.

UEFA considers the grassroots as vital in helping football maintain its overall good health. Football is built on the grassroots, which are kept alive by thousands of volunteers, projects and clubs across Europe. UEFA's awards are designed to recognise, celebrate and promote this inspirational work.

"A vibrant grassroots sector is vital to the wellbeing of the sport," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

"I want to ensure that UEFA continues to work closely with all our member associations to enable everyone to have the opportunity to play and enjoy the sport which we love. The slogan 'Football First' is at the core of UEFA's strategy for the coming years – and without healthy grassroots, the game cannot flourish."

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Monday, October 7, 2019 - 14:35