Girls team win Fair Play award.
On Saturday afternoon, Colchester United extended a warm welcome to Little Thurrock Dynamos U11s Girls, who enjoyed a VIP day out at the Weston Homes Community Stadium as part of their prize for winning an Essex County FA Fair Play Award in 2013/14, recognising their sportsmanship and impeccable behaviour on and off the pitch.
Earlier in the year, leagues made nominations in three categories - Youth, Saturday and Sunday clubs - and a specially-formed judging panel assessed every submission using a structured set of criteria. These included a team’s disciplinary record, their sportsmanship marks and any supporting statement provided by the league that put them forward.
FA guidelines highlight that everyone connected with football should show an understanding of, and respect for, the laws of the game as well as supporting the belief that it should be played in a positive way. Sporting behaviour towards others should be seen as paramount, both on and off the field, including players, officials or spectators, and irrespective of results.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise teams who embrace fair play, making the football experience more enjoyable not only for their team but for their opponents," explained County Welfare Officer, Helen Hever.
"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."
Dynamos were nominated by the Echo Junior League and another local side, FC Clacton U12s (Reds), won the boys’ category (nominated by the Colchester & District Youth League).
Clacton will be at the Weston Homes to watch the U’s against Coventry City on Saturday 22nd November. Further details on grassroots football can be found at www.essexfa.com
Saturday Adult: Rayne FC
Sunday Adult: Ravens FC
Boys: FC Clacton U12s (Reds)
Little Thurrock Dynamos U11sGirls: