Grantham Youth Football League wins FA gold award

Graham Almond receives the league's gold award from FA chairman Greg Dyke.
Graham Almond receives the league's gold award from FA chairman Greg Dyke.
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Onyx Teamwear Grantham Youth Football League was awarded the FA’s Gold Respect and Fairplay Award for 2013-2014 at a dinner prior to the Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium.

The league was one of the national winners in the category of Grassroots League.

The award recognises the league’s exceptional work to offer an experience of football which is fair, safe and enjoyable.

Commenting on the award, GYFL welfare officer Graham Almond, who leads on Respect, said: “We were delighted to be recognised as a national award winner.

“Having won the silver award previously, we challenged ourselves and our clubs to win the Gold award and we did.”

He went on to explain what the league has do to be recognised nationally: “We work hard to create an environment which the players can call their own, an environment that will enable the young players to develop as footballers but as people too.

“We challenge bad behaviour but more importantly we reward good behaviour.”

As a national award winner, the league is entitled to funding from The Football Association.

Chairman of the league Mark Simon paid tribute to its members: “We are pleased to represent our players and volunteers when winning awards and it is nice to be recognised.

“We will continue to work hard to develop our league for the benefit for our young players.”

The league is currently going from strength to strength and would welcome sponsorship or support from local businesses or organisations in the area who are interesting in developing footall and getting involved in this award winning set-up.

Interested parties can contact league secretary Sally Simon variously: email sally.simon@gyfl.co.uk; Twitter @granthamyouthfl; Facebook www.facebook.com/granthamyouthfl