Do you know someone in local grassroots football who went that extra mile in the name of sportsmanship during November? They could win a special Essex County FA Fair Play Award through a new monthly Facebook voting format.
A winner is being selected for every calendar month and anyone can be nominated for the competition, which will ultimately culminate in an open Facebook vote between two final nominees. Submissions for November are currently being collected up until 12:00noon on Friday 21st December and a voucher is on offer for the ultimate winner.
The goal is to promote the best elements of the game and encourage them in all formats of youth and adult football. Examples of fair play could be a coach saying well done for an opposing goalkeeper’s good save, congratulating an opposition goal, parents supporting or praising both sides or following-up on the welfare of an injured player to see how they are.
October’s winner was Edward Weston from Hatfield Peverel Under 12s Harriers. During a recent game, a football hit an opponent in the face. Edward immediately looked after him and made sure he was OK. After the game, the injured player’s parent E-Mailed Hatfield Peverel to say thanks and to express ‘this is how the game should be,’ referring to his sportsmanship.
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 Wednesday 19th December to recognise fair play which took place in November. To put someone forward, comment on our Facebook post (search for ‘EssexFootball’) 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!