Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, visited a training session with Langley Colts YFC recently to learn more about how FA and Essex County FA investments are widening grassroots participation, supporting player development and improving facilities in the local community.
During the visit on Saturday 27th April, Robert met with budding young footballers and some of the dedicated staff and volunteers who keep the grassroots game going each week in his constituency. In recognition of his support for grassroots football in Harlow, Robert was presented with The FA’s ‘Grassroots Champion’ Award.
The visit was part of the new #FootballFootprint Campaign which is being run by The FA, the not-for-profit national governing body for the game in England, in conjunction with local County FAs. The campaign is giving MPs an opportunity to meet with the army of workers and volunteers who make football possible at a local level and to visit showcase sites, initiatives and matches.
Halfon said: “I was thrilled to receive the FA’s Grassroots Champion award as part of their #FootballFootprint campaign today. The work that The FA and the Essex County FA is doing to support grassroots football and player development here in Harlow is brilliant.”
“It shows just how important it us for to continue investing in these facilities so communities can come together and reap the physical and mental benefits that grassroots sport brings.”
Nick Emery, County Development Manager at the Essex County FA, added: “We were delighted that Robert was able to spend the morning with us learning about the fantastic work being done by our staff and volunteers each week to support local players. Their dedication and commitment to the game is second to none and it’s great The FA’s #FootballFootprint campaign recognizes that.”
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