Jimmy Armfield and David Bernstein congratulate winners.
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Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield joined FA Chairman David Bernstein in saluting the winners of The FA’s Respect Awards 2012 at Wembley Stadium.
Armfield, who was Chief Guest at Saturday’s FA Cup with Budweiser Final between Chelsea and Liverpool, praised the successful recipients representing leagues, clubs and individuals across all levels of the game.
FA Chairman David Bernstein was delighted that on the most important day in The FA’s domestic calendar, time was taken to celebrate those people in grassroots clubs and leagues ‘who do such an inspirational job in helping The FA promote the values of its Respect programme’.
He added: “Whilst the example of the professional game – both positive and negative – will always grab the headlines, the 2012 award winners have in their own games and competitions confronted behavioural issues. They have been determined to set high standards from which players, spectators, and referees have benefitted.”
This year’s national FA Respect winners included: The Isthmian Football League, The David Wilson Holmes Gloucestershire County League, the Leicestershire and District Sunday League, Leicester City FC, Harborough Town, The Amateur Football Combination, Yeovil Town Ladies, AFC Fylde, Manchester’s Abraham Moss Warriors Football Club and The East Manchester Junior Football League.
The Bobby Moore individual award went to Phil Bradley who has dedicated himself to improving the environment of the game in the Northern Premier League with impressive results. The winners of the Fair Play awards in the Premier League and Football League will be announced following the conclusion of the league fixture programmes.
The FA’s Respect programme was launched in 2008 in response to some worrying problems at all levels of the game, including a decline in referee numbers, increases in anti-social behavior from parents in youth football and a lack of respect shown by players and managers towards match officials.
Since then, more than 6,000 additional referees have been recruited whilst greater numbers of match officials have seen an improvement in their enjoyment of the game. The introduction of touchline barriers, codes of conduct and the training of coaches are helping to tackle the scourge of the abusive touchline parent.