Individuals and clubs in local grassroots football who went that extra mile in the name of admirable conduct in January could win a special prize through our new Facebook voting format.
Exceptional acts of sportsmanship will be rewarded as we invite nominations for the latest monthly Fair Play Awards on Facebook, with a deadline of Friday 15th February for submissions. Anyone can be nominated for the competition, which will ultimately culminate in an open vote between two final nominees.
The goal of the awards is to promote the best elements of the game and encourage them in all formats of youth and adult football. December’s winner was Brooke McCann of Forest Glade Girls Under 9s, as nominated by Ross Turver from Stanway Rovers Girls. He described: “On a very cold and damp morning, Stanway were playing Forest Glade.”
“Both teams were playing really well but, after conceding and getting hurt, Forest Glade were left without a goalkeeper. After asking around, with nobody wanting to go in goal, Brooke, the Captain, bravely stepped forward and said she would play in goal so the match could continue, despite this not being her usual position.”
“I was really impressed at her attitude and sportsmanship to make sure her team mates didn’t miss out and were able to continue the game. This, to me, summed-up what the game is all about - supporting your team mates and leading by example.”
Helen Hever, Essex County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, said: “The game can't exist without respect between players, coaches, referees, fans, leagues and everybody in football. Everyone loves football because of the passion and the competitive edge, but it’s important that we’re able to play the game in the right way. The spirit of fair play is crucial to that.”
“We’re looking to celebrate any display of sportsmanship across all the formats of the game. Fair play exists all over grassroots, like shaking hands or three cheers at the end of a match, but we’re seeking nominations that go that bit further. We’re looking for elements like team spirit - both in the team you play for and the opposition - respect, friendship and excellence.”
Nominations are open until Friday 15th February to recognise fair play which took place in January. To put someone forward, comment on this Facebook post with these details: yours and the nominee’s name, club/team (and age group where applicable), a description of why your nominee should win. Good luck!