The Hallmark Security Football League has been awarded The National League System Respect Award by The Football Association for its work in building the Respect programme into its match day experience.
Respect seeks to address unacceptable behaviour in football on and off the pitch by providing a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents.
The awards, which are now in their sixth year, salute the individuals, teams and leagues which have been at the forefront of promoting Respect across all levels of the game.
Representatives from the League’s Management Committee will be presented the award at The FA Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester United on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The League will also receive £3,000 from the FA as prize money.
Paul Lawler, Chairman of The Hallmark Security Football League, said: “I am delighted that the League has been recognised for its proactive work in support of The FA’s Respect programme. It is an initiative the League has supported for many years but we have made sure Respect is built into our match day experience, from behaviour on the field of play to respect off it as well. Our approach has seen significant improvements as a result, so it is great that we are being recognised as the most outstanding league within the whole of the National League System.
“Our Respect programme wasn’t an initiative driven by the League to make money. It was actually devised through a committee of club members, driven by Management Committee member Stewart Taylor. Stewart has helped bring our clubs involvement to life and everyone who has been involved must be congratulated on this tremendous achievement.”