On Saturday 13 October, North Riding FA paid a visit to Robbie Hawkes, who was the deserving winner of our 2018 FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Respect Award.
The Grassroots Football Awards recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and groups to instill The FA’s PRIDE values – Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determination and Excellent – and make a positive difference in their club, league or local community.
Upon receiving his award, Robbie, who is manager of FC Seamer Junior Under-10 Spartans and also a first aider for Edgehil Reserve, explained his passion for grassroots football and expressed his delight at receiving the recognition.
“I’ve got some great memories of playing grassroots football as a child,” he said.
“I look back and I want to recreate that for the kids. I want to create a good environment for children to enjoy the game and develop their skills, whilst making sure they feel safe. Football is inclusive for everyone, and that’s why I enjoy coaching the game.
“I’m absolutely delighted to win this award,” Robbie added.
“It’s really nice to receive this recognition and I think anybody would be proud to win an award from The FA. I’m chuffed to bits. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and try to help the kids to progress. Hopefully I can continue with my coaching qualifications and develop myself too, so that I can help the children further. I’m really proud – so thank you.”
Over the coming weeks, North Riding FA will be presenting awards to all of its 2018 winners. For further details, keep an eye on www.NorthRidingFA.com and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.