Nationwide Building Society, partner of The Football Association's Respect Campaign and England team, has launched the 'Mutual Respect Awards' which aim to help make grassroots football more respectful and positive.
The brand-new awards are now open on Nationwide’s Facebook page and anyone can nominate their ‘grassroots respect hero’ – a player, a coach, team, parent or referee for the Mutual Respect Award.
Nationwide’s target is to engage with one million parents and coaches in the FA Respect programme as a part of their three-year partnership.
England internationals Tyrone Mings and Fran Kirby have both helped to launch the award in the video on the link attached below.
To nominate a boy or girl under the age of 18, a coach, team, parent or referee who has made an outstanding contribution to the game or their community click here
The nominator must be over the age of 18. Nomination window closes on 24th January 2021.
With the support of The FA, regional County FAs across England and the media, Nationwide is looking for players, clubs or any officials affiliated to one of the grassroots clubs that have set a brilliant example of mutual respect.
Whether that’s going above and beyond to increase their team’s respect rating on the pitch or demonstrating mutual respect within their club among fellow team players, officials or even through activities within their surrounding community.
Nationwide’s aim is to find and create a 12-person dream team of Mutual Respect winners over 2021 (one winner per month) and celebrate the successes that can be achieved together and improving attitudes within the game.
The selected winner will not only receive a trophy and the accolade of being the Nationwide Mutual Respect Award winner but also tickets to an upcoming England game once fans are allowed back into our stadiums.
In addition, the nominator of the winner will receive a signed England shirt.
The award nominations will be selected by a panel of Nationwide officials along with an independent judge.
Within some tiers and during national lockdowns, restrictions mean grassroots football can’t always go ahead. However, this doesn’t stop the passion for football or the good that can be done to build respect on or off the pitch and within the community - using the power of our beautiful game.