As a Silver Award winner, the Tucker Gardner League has once again been recognised as the best grassroots league in the region and, for their prize, they will have the choice of hosting The FA Cup or a celebrity football speaker at a league event, funding to improve coaching, or hospitality tickets to see England at Wembley. Among the League’s initiatives are a Fair Play incentives, mentoring of new club secretaries and a scheme for referees to mark clubs on behaviour in their competitions.
The Kershaw Premier League picked up its second ‘Commended’ Award for its proactive commitment to the Respect Programme in which behaviour is constantly monitored through the feedback of all participants and best practice recognised through the county’s Goodwill Awards, resulting in a continued improvement in most areas of discipline.
The FA’s Respect Manager Dermot Collins said: “Achieving the Silver Award has marked the Tucker Gardner League out as one of the very best leagues in the country. They have done some great work which the FA will use to inspire others.” Collins added: “Through education, promotion, campaigning and dogged perseverance they have changed the behaviour of teams and individuals and, in doing so, help ensure the continuing health of our national game.”
The final round of winners – the Gold Awards – will be announced and presented at the FA Cup Final at Wembley on 11th May 2013, the judging panel for which includes Bobby Moore’s widow Stephanie Moore MBE of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, sports journalists Mick Dennis of the Daily Express and Jim White from the Daily Telegraph and, from The FA, Sir Trevor Brooking, Barry Bright and Jack Pearce.
Lead Respect Officer for Cambridgeshire, Gerry Daish welcomed the awards: “Once again, Cambridgeshire leagues are playing a leading role in the national campaign to improve behaviour on and off the field of play. Despite the occasional flashpoint which occurs in all contact sports, we have seen reductions in successive seasons in cautions (dissent in particular), send offs and misconduct offences. Our duty is to keep chipping away at behavioural issues and fostering a positive sporting mentality throughout the county’s football.”
Chris Pringle, Cambridgeshire FA Chief Executive, added, “Hopefully the successes of the Tucker Gardner League and the Kershaw Premier League will encourage other leagues in the county to redouble their efforts in supporting the Respect Programme, driving out abuse and confrontation from football matches and attracting new participants, even new sponsors, into the game.”
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