The parents of Ross-on-Wye Juniors Royals have won one of the FA Respect Awards 2017.
They were nominated for the Parent Award by Paul Flitney after the Royal’s debut season in the Herefordshire Junior Football League.
As an all-girls team competing in a boys league, the team has faced some tough challenges in a new environment but the parents have watched and supported impeccably and positively as their daughters compete on the pitch.
The parents have received five out of five from other team coaches all season in FA Respect marks and they drive their daughters all round the county and region for matches and tournaments.
Ross Juniors also embarked on a club tour at the weekend to watch the England Ladies play Spain in the Netherlands on July 23rd.
The girls were the England team’s player escorts and flag wavers during the match and they took part in a pitch parade before the game. Their parents were fully supportive of the organisation of the tour.
Ross Juniors Football Club believe that the behaviour of the parents influences the girls behaviour and attitude on the pitch and both have represented the club in an extremely positive light. Hereford FC commented: “We would like to congratulate Ross Juniors on receiving this award.”
The awards celebrate The Respect Programme, which was launched by The FA in 2008 with the aim of uniting the game whilst ensuring that football – both on and off the pitch – is an enjoyable, inclusive and positive experience for all.
For the last eight years, The FA Respect Awards have recognised those who uphold and implement those values in their local community by promoting best practice across every aspect of the game.
The judging panel received over 1,000 nominations and, after careful consideration, 11 winners across 11 categories were chosen.