Romford Borough’s Fair Play reward

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 November 2015

Romford Borough Youth under-11 Greens enjoyed a VIP day out at Colchester after winning a fair play award (pic: Richard Blaxall/Colchester United)

Romford Borough Youth under-11 Greens enjoyed a VIP day out at Colchester after winning a fair play award (pic: Richard Blaxall/Colchester United)

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Romford Borough Youth Under-11s and Island Girls Under-18s enjoyed a VIP day out at Colchester United’s Sky Bet League One home match last weekend to thank them for the exemplary conduct which earned them 2015 Fair Play Awards.

Romford’s Greens were joined by the girls from Canvey Island as a result of their sportsmanlike behaviour during last season and saw the U’s take on Coventry City at the Weston Homes Community Stadium as a special treat, courtesy of the Essex FA, who are now welcoming new nominations for the 2016 awards.

Winners in the boys’ and girls’ categories were treated to match tickets as well as being presented with their mementoes on the pitch at half time by Lawrence Segal, the Essex FA’s Director Responsible for Regulations & Sanctions.

Romford are members of the Echo Junior League and Island represented the Essex County Girls’ League.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to recognise teams who embrace fair play, making the football experience more enjoyable not only for their team but for their opponents,” explained County Welfare Officer, Helen Hever.

“Football is, of course, a competitive game, so having an award for fair play gives us a chance to reward those who are nominated for their sportsmanship and attitude towards how the game should be played.”

Elsewhere, Essex FA Council Member Ken Robinson visited Feering Falcons Under-12s (Reds) prior to a game to present them with their award.

Segal also dropped by at a recent Tigers Girls Under-15s game in Hornchurch to recognise them as runners-up in their classification.

The winners in the adult men’s and women’s categories all received commemorative plaques and vouchers for Nike kit and equipment.

Nominations are now being accepted for 2016 and clubs and leagues can put forward other clubs in three categories - Youth, Saturday and Sunday.

A specially-formed judging panel will assess every submission using a structured set of criteria, including a team’s disciplinary record, their sportsmanship marks and any supporting statement provided.

Further details on how to make a nomination for the 2016 Essex FA Fair Play Awards can be found at

Grassroots football news and information is also shared on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

2015 Fair Play award winners:

Saturday Football

Winners: Kenson (County Motor Works Vauxhall Mid-Essex League)

Runners-Up: Social Club Birchanger (Bishops Stortford Stansted & District League)

Runners-Up: Nayland Rangers (Colchester & East Essex League)

Sunday Football

Winners: Alliance United (Essex Sunday Corinthian League)

Runners-Up: Fairlop United (Essex Sunday Football Combination)


Winners: Takeley (Essex County Women’s League)


Winners: Romford Borough Youth Under-11 Greens (Echo Junior League)

Runners-Up: Lawford Juniors Under-11 (Colchester & District Youth League)

Runners-Up: Feering Falcons Under-12 Reds (Colchester & District Youth League)


Overall Winners: Island Girls Under-18 (Essex County Girls’ League)

Winners (Under 11s-14s): Hutton Girls Under-12 (Essex County Girls’ League)

Runners-Up (Under 15s-18s): Tigers Under-15 (Essex County Girls’ League)

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