Great news for Hertford football as club friends Bengeo Tigers were awarded the Charter Standard Community Club of the Year for 2015 by The FA. Congratulations are also extended to senior club official, Peter Malady, who was awarded the national Bobby Moore Respect Award, and last week was also presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Community Football prize at the Hertfordshire FA Community Awards.
Following these accolades, the FA will be sending a camera crew to our ground on Saturday, 25th July, when The Blues will be facing Ryman South team, Hanwell Town in a pre-season friendly. Bengeo Tigers will be filmed earlier in the day playing in their youth team exhibition matches and again when they lead out The Blues as their mascots for the day.
The film will be shown on the big screens at Wembley to demonstrate how the FA are supporting grassroots football. We believe this will be debuted at the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea and could potentially also be shown prior to all England qualifiers and friendlies.
For your chance to be on TV, make sure you get to the ground early on the day to support your local team. Let’s show the country what great county clubs we are by making sure there is a huge, supportive crowd on the day.
The win by Bengeo Tigers was reported as follows:
The Tigers were chosen amidst stiff competition from 37,000 youth football clubs around the country by an esteemed judging panel, which included former England international Sir Trevor Brooking, ex-Arsenal Ladies manager Vic Akers, Stephanie Moore – the widow of World Cup winner Bobby Moore – and Dermot Collins, the head of the FA’s Respect campaign.
The national award recognised Bengeo Tigers’ “exceptional work in providing boys and girls with an experience of football which is fair, safe and enjoyable for all”.
Karl Lingham, county development manager at Herts FA, said: “Peter Malady and Bengeo Tigers have demonstrated what can happen when a club puts ‘respect’ at the centre of their agenda.
“Driven by an inspiring and innovative group of volunteers, the club has undertaken a complete culture change over the past three years to become a community leader both on and off the field.”
For the full story, please see the article on The Hertfordshire Mercury