Jennifer Leyland MBE from Newton-Le-Willows declared Football Mum Of The Year.
Sunday’s FA Community Shield saw Arsenal run out as winners on the pitch at Wembley but there were also a number of other winners present at the national stadium, as The FA Community Awards were presented before the game.
The awards recognise and reward people across the country that make a difference to grassroots football in their local community – the people who dedicate their time to developing tomorrow’s young talent and help ensure safety and best practice in tens of thousands of clubs up and down the country.
Football Mum of the Year – Winner: Jennifer Leyland MBE
Jennifer also had the honour of presenting the man-of-the-match award live on BT Sport after the game. She’s been involved in grassroots football for 36 years, starting with volunteering with her son and daughter’s teams and coaching schools in Newton-Le-Willows. She then started a club in St. Helens, which picked up a Charter Standard Award after only six months and now has six teams in the Warrington League, ranging from U12s to U17s.
A total of ten awards were made in total, with the grassroots heroes receiving them at a special ceremony before being paraded on the pitch at half time alongside England’s hat-trick hero from 1966 and McDonald’s director of football, Sir Geoff Hurst.