Ascot United’s Tia Johnson has been nominated for a Berkshire Football Award in the Since71 Blog Young Player of the Season (Female) category.
The nomination received for Tia said: “Tia is an extremely ambitious and yet shy individual, after dragging herself along to a few ladies training sessions early in the preseason, she immediately made an impact, holding her own with the ladies first team and not backing down to the challenge. Having impressed, we asked her to keep training, to come to game days where she could and start to integrate fully into the ladies team, only 15 she couldn’t yet play but we were counting down the days to her 16th birthday. As time went on Tia didn’t just float amongst the team but she was a standout player in training, she upped the levels, challenged the team, and her impact really pushed the ladies to grow because of the energy and desire Tia showed to score goals. When her birthday came during the Christmas break, Tia was thrown straight into the deep end for the First Ladies fixture of 2022 with a debut start against a formidable Abingdon United, not only did she hold her own against a very strong Abingdon backline in a very physical game but she also managed to create chances for the ladies, hold the ball up comfortably, and was rewarded with a goal in her first-ever senior performance. Tia went on to convincingly win player of the month in January and managed to score an impressive 6 goals despite juggling her playing commitments for her age group side, the ladies, and the stress of secondary exams and tests.
“Tia is one of the most committed, hard-working, dedicated individuals that I have had the pleasure of coaching, the first to arrive at the ground, the last to leave, and never stops wanting more. Tia even spent most weeks doing extra sessions with myself or her mum, going back over the VEO footage for games, and asking questions to enhance her knowledge and understanding. Tia is a true role model for young players at the club and a great ambassador for the women’s game. She’s got an extremely bright future and is certainly one to watch!”
Do you think Tia is a worthy winner, or have you got other players to tell us about? Scroll down to fill out the nomination form for the Since71 Young Player of the Season (Female) award.
The main image was supplied by Ascot but was taken by Richard Bullock.
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Scroll down to the bottom of this article for the nomination form. Before you do that though, here’s what the judging panel are looking for when choosing the shortlist.
What’s the story? Tell us exactly why the person or place should be considered. We hate to get all ‘X Factor journey’ on you but the more detail you can include, the better we can argue for your nominee for the short list.
The sort of details we love to see include things like player awards, goals, clean sheets and any other significant contributions to the footballing community – obviously within the 2021/22 season.
There have already been hundreds of nominations for the 2022 awards, we’ve published a lot but still have a lot more to do!
You can view all the 2022 nominees so far here.
Want to know who’s previously won what at the Berkshire Football Awards? There’s a big long page with all the previous winners here.
Nominations will be open until midnight on Tuesday 31st May 2022. Once that date has passed the nominations in each category will be put before a panel of judges for a decision, the top three announced online and the winners at the awards night on Wednesday 15th June.
We will accept nominations for people out of area, the only prerequisite is that the reason for nomination is that it must be because of an affiliation with a club we cover on Football in Berkshire (a full list is at the bottom of this page). We will present certificates and a trophy to the winners.
- You can nominate as many people as you like for each award
- Please try and avoid nominating your own family members.
- Due to difficulties in obtaining permissions under child protection laws we won’t consider any player under the age of 16 for nomination in any of the categories
Nominations for the 2022 Berkshire Football Awards are now closed!
What’s next? Look out for the Long List of all the nominations which will be published here and across all our channels by midday on Friday 20th May 2022.
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