A local youth football league has been recognised for its efforts by the Football Association at both county and regional level.
Sponsored by Onyx Teamwear, Grantham Youth Football League received the Charter Standard Youth League of the Year award for the second successive year at the Lincolnshire FA awards at the county showground in Lincoln.
The league were also delighted to be informed of their reward as East Midlands Charter Standard Youth League of the Year.
The awards demonstrate the league’s forward thinking work as the national FA seeks to introduce changes to the youth game via its Youth Development Review.
Chairman Mark Simon said it would have been easy for the league just to have “consolidated” after winning the award the previous year: “We have moved forwad which is demonstrated by a regional award.
“We are delighted for our young players and clubs who can be proud to say they play in the best league in the East Midlands.”
The league also picked up a silver award for Respect and Fairplay at the Lincs FA awards night in recognition of its commitment to the FA’s Respect programme.
GYFL welfare officer Graham Almond said it demonstrated that the league did not just pay “lip service” to the FA: “We go beyond implementing codes of conduct, it is embedded in all that we do – this means our young players play in the best environment possible.”
This season, the league is offering trophy events for all age groups, development matches and football festivals, as well as development events for managers and coaches, and Futsal provision during the winter break.
l If you are interesting in getting involved in junior football as a player, coach or volunteer, contact league secretary Sally Simon: firstname.lastname@example.org