At the end of last season, we asked all those involved in games to celebrate and raise awareness of all the good things that happen every week across the game in Cumberland, by undertaking a random act of kindness or gratitude.
Whether this was welcoming the match official to your club with a cup of tea, sharing sweets with opposition players, thanking your coach after the game with a card, or any such similar action that demonstrates and encapsulates the true Cumbrian spirit of the game.
We received a number of entries in the competition to win an FA Respect package for the winning club.
Teams shared their random acts with us via our social media platforms using #LoveFootballInCumberland and #PositivityAlwaysWins.
Cumberland FA are delighted to confirm last season’s Kingstown United U12s as the winner of the random draw!
Glenn from Kingstown United U12s told us: “One of the parents suggested we give the Player of the Match trophy to the referee as a show of appreciation for the hard work they do!"
There were some great examples of kindness shown by teams during the competition period. For example, Abbeytown JFC and Warwick Wanderers JFC shared cakes and sweets with their opposition following their matches.
Ben Snowdon, Cumberland FA’s CEO, commented: “Latest figures show that, in Cumberland, 94% of football is played within a Positive Football Environment. We want to continue to hear from teams this season on how they’re creating a positive environment for players, volunteers, match officials and spectators.”
Teams can tag us @CumberlandFA throughout the season with their random acts of kindness or examples of them showing gratitude with the hashtags #LoveFootballInCumberland and #PositivityAlwaysWins to share the positive football environment examples across the county.