It’s that time of year once more. Today, in Brighton, the Isthmian League held its Annual General Meeting, and also presented its first set of awards. The rest will be announced at the Annual Presentation Dinner this evening- and we’ll try and get you news on the recipients as quickly as we can. We managed to complete the AGM in only forty-five minutes, which must be something of a record and will allow our club officials far more time to sit in the sun and eat ice-cream than they may perhaps have expected!
The big news is that the League will have new sponsors for the start of next season. We’d like to sincerely thank Bostik for their support over the last two years, which has been greatly appreciated and has made an enormous difference to our clubs. We’re rather delighted with their replacements, too- but they will not be announced until July 1st. The new contract is with a national brand who want to work with us because of our growing digital footprint, and will last for an initial two years. We’re excited to have them on board, but at this point we’re sworn to secrecy, so we’ll shut up now!
We were also delighted to announce partnerships with two new organisations, Soccer Supplement and Vanarama. Soccer Supplement will be our nutrition partner, and every team will get bottles, holders, and energy gels. Clubs will also get a significant discount on further products.
Golden Boot- Bracknell Town
Vanarama will be our very first Vehicle Leasing Partners, and you'll read more about that deal shortly. We're delighted to work with a company who have, over many years, shown enormous support for Non League football.
Now, on to those award winners- and you’ll find pictures of some of them scattered liberally around this article!
Golden Boot South East- Charlie MacDonald- VCD Athletic
Golden Boot Premier- Jamie Cureton- Bishop’s Stortford
Golden Boot- Bishop's Stortford
Programme of the Year – North Division- Grays Athletic (see headline image)
Programme of the Year – South Central Division- Northwood
Programme of the Year – South East Division- Ashford United
Programme of the Year – Premier Division- Corinthian Casuals
Golden Boot- VCD Athletic
Respect Award- North Division- Dereham Town
Respect Award- Premier Division- Carshalton Athletic
Respect Award- South East Division- Sittingbourne
Respect Award - South Central Division- Uxbridge
Best programme- South Central- Northwood
Supporter of the Season- Burgess Hill Town, John Buck
Community Club of the Season- Grays Athletic (see headline image)
Development League- North- Winners- Bowers & Pitsea
Fair Play North- Dereham Town
Best programme- South East- Ashford United
Fair Play Premier- Tonbridge Angels
Fair Play South Central- Bracknell Town
Fair Play South East- Ashford United
Finally, we remembered absent friends. Non League football isn’t about money or glory, it is about the wonderful people who we share our Saturday afternoons and nights under floodlights with, on terraces, on the pitch, in the dugout or in the boardroom. We have lost far too many of them during the season just ended, and the room rose in silent tribute to those departed.
Dereham Town- Respect & Fair Play Awards