Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The Kent County Foot­ball League have been named na­tional win­ner in the FA Re­spect Awards. They re­ceived the Gold Award in the Na­tional League Sys­tem League Steps 5-7, two years on from be­ing Sil­ver Award re­cip­i­ents. In a let­ter to the league, FA Chair­man Greg Dyke said: “This award recog­nises your ex­cep­tional work to of­fer an ex­pe­ri­ence of foot­ball which is fair, safe and en­joy­able. “It recog­nises the stan­dards that you have set and main­tained in your com­pe­ti­tion and I am de­lighted that the FA has had an op­por­tu­nity to re­ward you for your com­mit­ment and en­ergy”. League chair­man Cyril Win­di­ate re­ceived the award at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium at the Com­mu­nity Shield game be­tween Ar­se­nal and Manch­ester City at Wem­b­ley on Sun­day. Officials also took part in a film for the FA Re­spect awards cer­e­mony which was fea­tured on the big screen.

Pic­ture: Re­becca Clarke FM3343822

Ash­ford United’s Andy Irvine and Kieran Byrne con­grat­u­late Gary Clarke (cen­tre) af­ter one of the cap­tain’s goals against Fisher

Kent County League chair­man Cyril Win­di­ate (sec­ond left) cel­e­brates win­ning the FA Gold Award. Also pic­tured are Fabio Rossi (clubs rep­re­sen­ta­tive), sec­re­tary Gavin Hoare and ref­er­ees rep­re­sen­ta­tive Keith Wen­ham

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