Hartpury University, their Manager Martin Longworth and players King Baidoo, Ben Baxter, Riley McGregor and Josh Roney are all shortlisted in the Severn Sport End of Season Awards.

Every year Severn Sport looks to recognise all of those players, managers, clubs and individuals who make grassroots football in Gloucestershire special!

Yesterday we announced that SWWFL Northern Division Champions AEK Boco, three of their players and manager Abi Nicholas had been nominated for awards and next up it’s Hartpury University’s turn!

Butler had already announced that Stephen Sarkodie had been shortlisted in the Kinetic Goalkeeping Goalkeeper of the Season category and the Hellenic League Division One side have received multiple nominations following the public window.

Both King Baidoo and Ben Baxter have been shortlisted for the Men’s Player of the Season, whilst Riley McGregor has been nominated for the Jamie Hyett Award for U18s Player of the Season.

Josh Roney, formerly of Stoke City, is up for Signing of the Season after making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Men’s side.

Longworth is nominated for Manager of the Season, whilst the title winners are included in the shortlist for Team of the Season.

Below are the 15 categories and who has been nominated so far:

Signing of the SeasonKarnell Chambers (Tuffley Rovers), George Neill (Slimbridge); Mel Hoad (Longlevens Ladies); Leah Whiffen (AEK Boco Ladies); Josh Roney (Hartpury University)
Game of the Season
Manager of the SeasonMatthew Driscoll (Cinderford Town); Dan Ray & Karen Messenger (Cirencester Town Ladies); Neil Mustoe (Tuffley Rovers); Abi Nicholas (AEK Boco Ladies); Martin Longworth (Hartpury University)
Team of the SeasonAvonmouth; Cirencester Town Ladies; Longlevens Ladies: AEK Boco Ladies; Hartpury University
Breakthrough Player of the Season
Connor Walters (Tuffley Rovers), Erin Read (AEK Boco Ladies); Toby Holland (Bishops Cleeve); Callum McGuirk (Tuffley Rovers)
Severn Sport Live Player of the Season
Match Official of the Season
Ian Butler
Kinetic Goalkeeping Goalkeeper of the Season
Stephen Sarkodie (Hartpury University); Lewis Clayton (Bishops Cleeve); Leah Whiffen (AEK Boco Ladies)
John Ashplant Local Hero Award
Best Social Media Account
Jamie Hyett Award (U18s Player of the Season)
Alex Knight (Longlevens U18s), Erin Read (AEK Boco Ladies); Scarlett Boyce (Cirencester Town Ladies); Riley McGregor (Hartpury University)
Severn Sport Future Star
Men’s Player of the Season – Ethan Dunbar (Bishops Cleeve); George Neill (Slimbridge); Toby Holland (Bishops Cleeve); Karnell Chambers (Tuffley Rovers); King Baidoo (Hartpury University); Ben Baxter (Hartpury University)
Women’s Player of the SeasonJess Titcomb (AEK Boco Ladies); Jodie Bailey (Cirencester Town Ladies); Lucy Scrannage (Cirencester Town Ladies), Libby Messenger (Cirencester Town Ladies); Lorraine Smith (Longlevens Ladies); Olivia Kosylowicz (Longlevens Ladies); Aimee Clark (AEK Boco Ladies)
Grassroots Player of the Season – Meg Sterry (Gloucester City Women Development); Lucy Dannatt (Longlevens Ladies); Millie Lacey (AEK Boco Ladies)

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Speaking about the latest nominees to come completely from the public nominations, Butler had this to say:

“Hartpury have done fantastic to achieve what they have this season – partly down to the fact that this young side have had to deal with expectation.

Everyone expected Longworth’s side to win the league, but as we all know, the hardest part is actually getting over the line.

The team will make a great addition to the Hellenic Premier next season and from a local point of view it is great that we still maintain seven sides in the division.

King and Ben were players I knew and had seen before this season, so am I surprised that they have performed at the high level they have been? Absolutely not.

Riley and Josh are players I was seeing for the first time this season and they easily impressed during a successful campaign. Both made nearly 40 appearances at step 6 level – which will only do them good, regardless of the results.

It is always great to check in with Martin on how the project of Hartpury University FC is going and his passion runs throughout the club and wider program.”

Check back tomorrow morning when we will be announcing the next batch of nominees in this year’s End of Season Awards!

Cover photo taken and with copyright by Pete Kinsella. For more great photos follow Pete on Twitter @PeteKinsella69

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