We are delighted to have picked up the Fair Play Award for League Two for the 2015/16 campaign, as detailed in this press release from The Football Association.
The Award will be presented to owner Wael Al Qadi and Chairman Steve Hamer at Sunday afternoon’s Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester United.
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.
And the Respect judging panel was inundated with nominations to demonstrate the tremendous positive contribution that people and organisations make week in, week out to upholding football’s values.
The Club Award went to Rugby Town FC – who went through the entire season without receiving a booking for dissent and earned the least bookings overall – just 35 yellow and 1 red card across 51 games.
From the professional ranks, Bristol Rovers were Fair Play Awards winners for League Two and in League One Crewe Alexandra commendably came up trumps as the Railwaymen did not allow a testing season and the spectre of relegation to impact on the importance of playing the game the right way.
At the very top of the game AFC Bournemouth were Fair Play Award winners in the Premier League and in the Championship Burnley demonstrated an ability to combine successful football with an ethos of Respect to scoop both the title and the Fair Play Award - for the second time in three seasons.
Laurence Jones, The FA’s Head of Clubs and Leagues, said: "The winners represent the crème de la crème among an inspirational group of leagues, clubs and individuals. Each has shown determination to ensure that the game is played in the manner it should be - by instilling and maintaining Respect in the game.
"Since its launch in 2007 The FA’s Respect programme has helped achieve a real improvement in behaviour on and off the pitch from the top of the professional game through to the grassroots. It is fitting that those that have excelled over the past season should be recognised for their achievements."