Middlesex FA Announce new Road to Respect Award
Middlesex FA are today pleased to announce our newest award for our clubs. The new award ties in to the Respect – We Only Do Positive campaign currently ongoing across the country. We want to recognise the hard work that we know goes on across Middlesex but don’t necessarily see.
As such we have created this quarterly award to support our clubs and showcase some of this excellent work. We are pleased to announce that Acton Ealing Whistlers Football Club have been named as the inaugural winners of Middlesex FA’s Road to Respect Award.
Formed in 1980, by Dennis Fitzgerald and Tess Gallen, Acton Ealing Whistlers have continued to thrive during their 39 year history. They have built up a good range of facilities in this time, including their home ground and clubhouse in Ealing allowing the dedicated volunteers, parent helpers, young players to give up their time so that the youth of today get the support and opportunities they need to grow and enjoy sport. The enormous amount of work has not gone unrewarded as the club are now proud to boast 15 affiliated teams, affording a football opportunity to around 200 local players.
The clubs mission is to be able to offer children the chance to play football in a warm, friendly and fun-filled environment first and foremost. Beyond this they want to use it as a chance to teach their players that win, lose or draw, the main thing is that they have fun, enjoy their football, build friendships and play as a team in a sporting manner. The success will follow this as building team spirit on and off the pitch will help them to develop as a team.
On winning this award, Peter Proverbs, Acton Ealing Whistlers Secretary, said: “We are thrilled to receive this inaugural award from Middlesex FA. As we place particular emphasis on the Respect values at our community club we are extremely proud to have our work recognised in this way. We will be celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary in 2020 and this is a fantastic award to mark the start of this special year at Acton Ealing Whistlers Youth.”
The club plans to use the £250 prize money towards the purchase of a TV for their respect room, which is used to support dialogue between the club, players, parents and coaches. Whilst providing an invaluable tool to facilitate any necessary training the club needs to put on.
Could you follow in Autumn’s winners’ footsteps? Nominate your club today for their chance to win the Winter award!