The FA launch Respect & Fair Play Awards.
The FA is delighted to launch the 2010 Respect & Fair Play Awards which will recognise those leagues, clubs, organisations and individuals that are seeking to promote high standards of behaviour in our national game.
The Awards have 12 separate categories, each recognising the highest levels of the professional game, the National League System, the women’s football pyramid and the grassroots game.
Leagues and clubs now receive the opportunity to have their commitment recognised as well as grassroots organisations that have campaigned to improve the game and individuals that have led by example.
FA President HRH Prince William’s involvement in the awards arises from his wish to recognise those that are seeking to tackle some of the most difficult problems in the game.
The winners of each category will be invited to attend this year's FA Cup Final, where they will be presented with their award and a cash prize.
One of the prestigious awards available is the ‘Bobby Moore Award' courtesy of the Bobby Moore Fund and this will be awarded to anyone in football who, by their conduct over their career, provides an example of the way in which the game should be played or administered.
Dermot Collins, The FA’s Respect Manager, said: "Too often, Respect is just mentioned when we witness poor behaviour in the game.
"These awards allow us to recognise positive attempts to encourage players, coaches, spectators or teams to strive for high standards of behaviour, deal with poor conduct, incentivise Fair Play or value Referees.
"They also allow us to recognise Respect as something that is crucially important for the whole of football - the professional and the grassroots game. The two sides are different, but interdependent."
With 12 categories of award, applications are invited from throughout the game, either through self-nomination or by a third party. Applications forms are available by clicking here.
You can also read more about The Respect & Fair Play Awards by clicking here.
The closing date for applications is Monday 12 April, with a shortlist to be considered by an Awards Panel made up of experts from across the game. The winners will be invited to attend The FA Cup Final on Saturday 15 May.
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