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Coach quits after row with parent about top goal scorer award…

I’m the manager and coach of a parent run club. We started the club from scratch last May and have just finished our first season.

We were unhappy as parents with how the previous manager, coach and club was run so we set up ours for our children to stay together and enjoy football! Our age group by the way is under 10’s.

We had an end of season meeting on Thursday to discuss plans for the future and our presentation night. We decided on the usual managers, parents and players player awards.

Discussions led to most improved and clubman. One thrown in to the mix was Top Goalscorer. There was a mixed reaction as it was seen as a trophy that not every single player was capable of winning.

There are only 4 or 5 maximum in a team of 11 who’d stand a chance of winning and it would go against the club’s philosophy of being a team.

There are no individuals. The team scores not the individual.

The perfect trophy for a World Cup year.

After getting a show of votes today to confirm 6 were against for the reasons mentioned and 5 for. This has led to abusive texts and threats from a parent whom believes his son has earned the trophy and if the club don’t give it him he’ll not turn up to the presentation and also leave the club.

My assistant has also backed this behaviour and comments from the parent.

I’ve since quit because of this. I’m appalled that I’ve personally been lambasted and blackmailed by a parent.

I’d like you to put this out to people. Let’s see how they see it. Week after week we train and encourage passing, to work together and that most importantly that they are a team not a bunch of individuals. It’s not about winning it’s about enjoying football.

They are just 9 and 10 year olds. Do certain trophies encourage individualism and isolate certain team players from being able to win them?

What do you think?


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Cast your vote now in two 2017 Women’s Football Awards categories

Nominations for two categories in the 2017 Women’s Football Awards are now open.

The first of these, The FA Women’s Unsung Hero award, award is open to players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and anyone else who has made a recognisable contribution to women’s football.

Nominees considered will have demonstrated approximately 20 years of service or more to the game.

The FA is committed to doubling the number of women and girls playing football by 2020.

The second award will honour the Best Participation Initiative that encourages more to believe that football is a sport for them and recognises the success of grassroots football development programmes that have inspired women and girls to play football.

Nominations are welcome from any organisation that has delivered a programme to increase participation.

You can register your nomination now by clicking on the respective links below. The window to nominate closes on Monday 3 July.

The FA Women’s Unsung Hero 

Best Participation Initiative

**BREAKING NEWS**The FA Respect Awards are back for 2017

This year we’re looking to celebrate achievements across an even wider range of roles – and we’d like people from across the game to nominate the people, clubs or leagues who make a real difference For All.

Grassroots football champions come from all backgrounds and it’s time to recognise those that represent the very spirit of the game with nominations for The FA Respect Awards 2017 now open. The FA’s Respect Programme, launched in 2008, aims to unite the game and help make sure football is enjoyed in safe, inclusive and positive environments, both on and off the pitch.

The awards, now in their eighth year, represent a chance to recognise those from every area of the game who help promote the very best practice.

The window to vote is open from 12 May-12 June. We’re looking for nominations from across football. It might be a friend, team-mate or someone else you know in the game. Self-nominations will be considered.

Winners will be those who best represent the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. A Respect champion could be someone who has significantly impacted one other, or had an influence on many.

Nominate your Respect Champions here:

www.FARespectAwards.com #ForRespect


In 2017 the awards will celebrate individuals, clubs and teams. They are divided into 11 categories:

Bobby Moore (Individual) –Who’s gone above and beyond to show Respect For All this season? Who’s raised the standards across every aspect of the game and has used Football to break down barriers in their community?

Coach – It takes more than a game to bring out the best in players. Does your Coach put respect at the heart of everything they do?

Player – It takes more than a goal to make a winner. Know a player who always leads the field in respect, come win or lose?

Supporter – It takes more than a cheer to show your support. Who fosters team spirit and fairness from the side-lines?.

Parent- It takes more than good behaviour to lead by example. Are you proud of the support some parents show at each and every game?

Grounds staff – It takes dedication to maintain your facilities. Who goes over and above to ensure your facilities are respectable and safe?

Committee member – It takes more than paper to keep everyone on the same page. Who’s guaranteed to keep Respect at the top of the agenda?

Volunteer – It takes more than free time to make an experience rewarding. Who never fails to volunteer their dedication and support?

Club – It takes more than a badge to have honour. Does your club always show exemplary behaviour on and off the pitch?

League – It takes more than tables to get results. Are the values of Respect part of everything your league does, from committee meetings to match-day experiences?

Match official – It takes more than a whistle to control a game. Who always leads with integrity and respects all who take part?


This is the time for Respect Champions from across our region to shine. Nominate your Respect Champions here:

www.FARespectAwards.com #ForRespect #ForAll



Nominations open for FA Community Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s. 

The awards are now a firm fixture on the football calendar and this is the seventh year that the best clubs and volunteers are to be recognised.


 Last year saw a record number of nominations – with thousands of grassroots clubs and individuals being put forward. And this year, there is even greater incentive to get nominations in – The FA will be offering six chances to win family tickets to a friendly England fixture in the build up to the Uefa European Championship in the summer.
There are seven categories of award, including Volunteer of the Year, FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year and the coveted People’s Award, which last year was won posthumously by Glenn Weaver for his lifetime dedication to the development of women’s football.

Winners will be awarded in each County before Regional winners are selected who will form the shortlist for the national finalists. The national winners will be selected by a judging panel featuring legends of the game including Martin Keown and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.
FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn said: “As the nominations come in once again there is sure to be a wealth of examples of the many of inspiring stories that exist within grassroots football. The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s serve as a fitting platform to recognise the clubs and the army of volunteers that make such a massive contribution to football.”
Nominees are not limited to one selection – if they wish to multiple nominations they can do so at 


up to 31 March 31 when the nominations close and judges begin the difficult task of making their selections.