Grassroots football champions come from all backgrounds and it’s time to recognise those that represent the very spirit of the game with nominations for The FA Respect Awards 2017 now open. The FA’s Respect Programme, launched in 2008, aims to unite the game and help make sure football is enjoyed in safe, inclusive and positive environments, both on and off the pitch.
The awards, now in their eighth year, represent a chance to recognise those from every area of the game who help promote the very best practice.
The window to vote is open from 12 May-12 June. We’re looking for nominations from across football. It might be a friend, team-mate or someone else you know in the game. Self-nominations will be considered.
Winners will be those who best represent the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. A Respect champion could be someone who has significantly impacted one other, or had an influence on many.
In 2017 the awards will celebrate individuals, clubs and teams. They are divided into 11 categories:
Bobby Moore (Individual) -Who’s gone above and beyond to show Respect For All this season? Who’s raised the standards across every aspect of the game and has used Football to break down barriers in their community?
Coach - It takes more than a game to bring out the best in players. Does your Coach put respect at the heart of everything they do?
Player - It takes more than a goal to make a winner. Know a player who always leads the field in respect, come win or lose?
Supporter - It takes more than a cheer to show your support. Who fosters team spirit and fairness from the side-lines?.
Parent - It takes more than good behaviour to lead by example. Are you proud of the support some parents show at each and every game?
Grounds staff - It takes dedication to maintain your facilities. Who goes over and above to ensure your facilities are respectable and safe?
Committee member - It takes more than paper to keep everyone on the same page. Who’s guaranteed to keep Respect at the top of the agenda?
Volunteer - It takes more than free time to make an experience rewarding. Who never fails to volunteer their dedication and support?
Club - It takes more than a badge to have honour. Does your club always show exemplary behaviour on and off the pitch?
League - It takes more than tables to get results. Are the values of Respect part of everything your league does, from committee meetings to match-day experiences?
Match official - It takes more than a whistle to control a game. Who always leads with integrity and respects all who take part?
This is the time for Respect Champions from across our region to shine.