Grassroots players, coaches, referees, volunteers and spectators are invited to celebrate the people who keep local football a safe and enjoyable place to play by submitting an Essex County FA Fair Play Awards nomination on Facebook by Friday 28th February.
If you’ve spotted individuals at local football matches who are worthy of being recognised for a specific example of sportsmanship, then they could be exactly what we're looking for. Previous winners have been responsible for outstanding moments of fair play or going ‘over and above’ in the name of excellent conduct.
Sportsmanship in grassroots football during February could earn a reward, with nominations being welcomed for a limited time. Monthly winners are being awarded throughout the season, building towards an overall vote for the 2019/20 victors in June.
As part of our 2018-21 ‘Moving Forward’ Strategy, the County FA aim to promote exceptional conduct and celebrate the best elements of the game, encouraging similar behaviour in all formats of youth and adult football. A voucher will be awarded to the winners and Helen Hever, Essex County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, is looking forward to assessing the nominations.
Helen said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise everyone who embraces fair play, making the football experience more enjoyable for all involved. Football is, of course, a competitive game, so having an award for fair play gives us a chance to reward those who are nominated for their sportsmanship and attitude towards how the game should be played.”
Nominations are open until Friday 28th February to recognise fair play which took place in February. 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!
Essex County FA Fair Play Awards: January’s Winner!
FC Redwing Under 11s (nominated by Claire Blackmore)
“Thurrock Tigers would like to nominate FC Redwing. Our Under 11s played their first ever cup game last Sunday. Our goalkeeper had a fantastic game and, at the end of the match, the Chairman from the opposition presented him with a trophy for his 'Outstanding Performance'. This was such a kind act, and great sportsmanship.”