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Newark referee Gavin Rice wins Notts FA's grassroots match official of the year

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Nottinghamshire FA has revealed its grassroots football award winners for 2021 — and a Newark Alliance referee is among the winners.

Gavin Rice, who officiates across the Newark Alliance and Notts Senior League, has been named as the grassroots match official of the year.

GAVIN RICE. Credit: Notts FA
GAVIN RICE. Credit: Notts FA

Also among the award winners was Tuxford Youth club hero Lionel Thursby, who won volunteer of the year.

Elaine Oram, chief executive officer at Notts FA, said: “This year we have seen more nominations for each category than in the previous years and being able to reward our grassroots heroes in what has been their hardest season is a great pleasure.

“These individuals and the whole football workforce contribute many hours to the game and without them there simply wouldn’t be an opportunity to play, coach, referee or volunteer.

“Everyone at Nottinghamshire FA are proud of their achievements.”

These grassroots heroes have been serving their communities during the last season in inspiring ways.

Each year, the grassroots community are asked to nominate individuals they feel have gone above and beyond in their service to the game.

Nottinghamshire FA’s judging panel, which for this year’s award was made up exclusively of the county’s youth council, then reviews and selects the winners who have inspirational stories.

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