• Daybreak highlights the Community AwardsSource:
    Date: 1 May 2011

    It is to be a busy weekend for Sir Geoff Hurst. The Community Shield promises to be a match to remember with a Manchester derby kick starting the 2011/12 season at Wembley on Sunday, 7th August.

    Watching the match with Sir Geoff will be the newly crowned winners of the FA Community Awards 2011. More than 1,800 nominations were received for the eight award categories. The Awards, which launched with McDonalds last year, aim to recognise and reward people across the country who make a difference to grassroots football in their local community.

    Sir Geoff Hurst, talking while visiting his former club, Chelmsford Boys, said: 'Every player currently making a career out of football would have started at a grassroots level. To make it to the very top, players need to have commitment and dedication, as well as talent. But without the support and hard work of community volunteers and coaches, many of today's stars would not have made it."

    Sir Geoff will appearing on Daybreak sofa (ITV) with the winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year on Monday morning at 6am. [read more on the McDonalds/FA Community Awards]

Sir Geoff Hurst MBE secured a unique place in the history of football when he became the first and, over 45 years later, still the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.

Knighted in 1998 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Sir Geoff holds a special place in the hearts of football fans and has become an iconic sporting figure.