Respect Champions are those individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that those around them have a great experience of the game we all love. Playing their part to put others first and making football truly for all. Below you'll find just a few stories highlighting some brilliant work being carried out by Respect Champions up and down the country.
Kevin England was the Bobby Moore Award winner in 2017. Battling a number of health setbacks, Kevin didn’t let anything get in his way in coaching his players. Kevin coaches a number of players with varying disabilities and works hard to ensure that the players are grounded important Respect behaviours, such as team work, positive praise, hard work, being inclusive and having fun.
Ahmadou Seye works hard to break down barriers within his local community. No matter what background you come from, Ahmadou believes in football for all and has worked hard to create Jolof Sports, where young adults come and play the game they love, in an environment where they feel accepted.
Stourbridge & District Youth Football League
The Stourbridge & District Youth league have a team of 20 Respect champions, ranging from coaches, referees and parents who all play their part in ensuring the teams within their league are creating the most positive environments for their players.
From social media campaigns, workshops and physical resources, the league is always looking for ways to champion Respect.
The parents of Ross Junior Royals work together to give the players of both teams a positive experience. Throughout the 2016/17 season they got marked five out of five by the opposition team for every game that season. The friendly and fun group of parents believe their role is to champion Respect home or away and for both teams.
101 year old John Shannon is not letting age get the better of him. He is still a regular supporter of his son (over 65’s) and is passionate about championing Respect. “Everything you tend to Respect, improves”. Creating the right environment off the pitch is key and John is a big believer in the role of a supporter and how they play their part in giving the players a positive experience.