News: 2017 UEFA Grassroots Awards winners unveiled

Thursday 21 September 2017 16.07 CET

The winners of the 2017 UEFA Grassroots Awards have been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee.

Awards for Best Grassroots Leader, Best Grassroots Project and Best Grassroots Club were ratified by the committee, following recommendations by the UEFA Grassroots Panel bureau and the UEFA Development and Technical Assistance Committee.

The awards reward excellence in the grassroots field – seen by UEFA as crucial in helping to nurture football's overall good health. 

"Grassroots is football's lifeblood, because without healthy foundations, our sport cannot flourish," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "UEFA has always invested heavily in grassroots projects around Europe, and will continue to do so to ensure that football can be played by all."

"I would like to congratulate the winners of the UEFA Grassroots Awards for their fantastic initiatives," he added. "I would also like to thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make sure that people of all abilities can play this game at grassroots level."

"Thanks to their dedication, loyalty, sacrifice and love for the game, the sport's future is in safe hands."

The 2017 award winners:

The silver award went to Ralf Klohr (Germany), a dedicated regional association president and innovator whose FairPlayLiga initiative focuses on the implementation of football in a friendly, playful and positive way. Ana Paula Pinho Almeida (Portugal) is the bronze award winner, for her work as a technical coordinator of women’s grassroots at a club providing excellent opportunities for girls to play football.