Following a record number of nominations across all award categories, the Cornwall Football Association has now been able to start presenting winners with their awards as part of the Cornwall FA 2020 Grassroots Awards.
To start, a recent visit to Torpoint provided the opportunity for Geoff Lee (Cornwall FA Chairman) to present Torpoint Athletic Youth FC U12’s with the ‘We Only Do Positive’ Respect Award. The overall aim of the ‘We Only Do Positive’ Respect campaign is to ensure football is a positive and safe experience for all our youth players, coaches and referees.
Torpoint Athletic Youth FC U12’s lead coach Rohan Brown had the following to say after their team were presented with the award:
“It is an unbelievable honour to have received the 'We Only Do Positive' Respect Award from the Cornwall FA, as a Coach if this wonderful group of players, parents, grandparents, cousins, siblings and anyone else who supports us, I couldn’t be prouder for them to be recognised for their accomplishments.
The impact of We Only Do Positive is staggering. The development of the boys over the past 4 years of being together has been nothing short of phenomenal. Not just in their footballing ability, but their confidence to try new things, encouragement of each other when things don’t go to plan and an infectious respect for everyone, they share a football pitch with, be that new teammates, referees or opposition. They are growing into a truly awesome group of young men that I am proud to coach.
My group of parents and supporters are exceptional and fully deserve to win this award. They really do. I know every coach would likely say the same about their supporters, but they really do make my job as a coach so easy. Right from the start, they all completely bought into We Only Do Positive, and quickly recognised the positive impact it has on the boys' play and development.
Without fail and without prompting, they cheer and applaud success from either team, and that makes my job as a coach so much easier, as I know with 100% certainty that whenever a player tries something new, there is absolutely no repercussions whatsoever from their teammates or the side-lines if it doesn’t go to plan. This provides the opportunity to try these new and difficult things on the pitch, and letting the players be creative and learn from their experiences”.
Claire Summer-Evans (Cornwall FA’s Designated Safeguarding and Governance Officer), expressed the importance of the Respect programme and consequently the significance of this award, “To win a respect award is a huge achievement, not only for the young players and their coaches, but for the parents too. Showing respect to each other, the opposition and therefore creating a fun and positive environment will allow these players to flourish, be creative and most importantly have fun, well done to everyone involved with Torpoint Athletic Youth U12’s”.
If you would like to find out more about the We Only Do Positive initiative, click here