Respect Awards back bigger than ever
Nominations are open for the 2017 Respect Awards, which this year are bigger than ever with 11 categories.
Not only are the awards bigger than ever, but arguably they have never been more important. It struck me recently that it remains the case that negative stories still get much more coverage than good news. Grassroots Cup Finals in our area are a great example of this.
We have enjoyed a hugely successful Cup Final season, having seen first-hand the positive engagement by players, club officials and spectators across a variety of social media channels who have clearly enjoyed the experiences created.
On field discipline has been what you would expect, generally good with the odd isolated incident. In a neighbouring area, sadly there were reports of a serious misconduct between the 2 finalists, which can happen, but cannot be condoned.
The point here is that out of all of the 1000s of Cup Finals around the country to celebrate the season’s achievements of grassroots teams, guess which story lead to radio phone ins?
We’ll continue to promote what is good about the game, and the Respect Awards are an integral part of that message