John Ackerley

CEO Column: Looking Ahead to the New Season

The grassroots football season may be over, but there’s plenty to reflect on and even more to look forward to in my column this week.

The 2017/18 campaign proved to be another memorable season of football in Northumberland, with teams up and down the county – of all ages, gender, and ability – taking part and enjoying the nation’s favourite sport. That certainly proved to be the case during our County Cup season, which saw plenty of new teams lift a trophy for the first time, displaying how competitive the standard of football is in the North East. We’re already planning for next season’s finals, so if you have any feedback you’re willing to share, please complete our form HERE

My thanks go to all staff, players, coaches, referees and volunteers for their incredible efforts this season – I often say this but your work truly doesn’t go unnoticed. On that note, the deadline may be fast approaching but there’s still time to submit your 2018 FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Award nominations. We’ve received a great response so far, but are still yet to receive nominations for the following awards: Grounds Team of the Year, The Respect Award, Supporter of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year. If you know someone who deserves special recognition for their efforts this season, please put them forward HERE

I’d also like to remind Newcastle-based leagues and clubs about our Parklife Consultation Events, which take place on Monday (18th) and Tuesday (19th) next week. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Parklife Football Hubs Programme and ask any questions you may have, so please do contact and book your place or CLICK HERE to find out more.

Attention now turns to the FIFA World Cup in Russia – a spectacular event which grips the footballing world from the moment it kicks off. This year England head into the tournament with a young squad, but it’s one full of talent and ambition, so everyone at Northumberland FA would like to wish Gareth Southgate and his players the very best of luck.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


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