The Panel of Judges is a collection of leaders invited from different aspects of football, media and philanthropy to lend their informed thoughts on the decision process that selects the nominees and the winners. The panelists are chosen from amongst our Partners and representatives of respected relevant institutions.

In 2018 for the first time, the general public are invited to nominate candidates for the five ‘off-field’ category awards. The panel will assess the impact and relevance of all entries against criteria, which includes:

  • Relevance to award category applied for
  • Measured impact of project
  • Clarity in identification of the need for the project
  • Creativity (uniqueness and adaptability) in the delivery of the project
  • Evidence of the work and impact achieved (media / video content)




Mishcon de Reya: Liz Ellen

A+ Club: Francis Nkwain (BoA Founder)

The Guardian: David Hytner

Premier League: Alastair Bennett

Rainbow Sports: Kingsley Pungong

Mo Ibrahim Foundation: Sophie Masipha

Football Association: Danny Lynch

Polaris Media: Justin Rigby

The Voice: Rodney Hinds

The Black List/SPTT: Leon Mann