The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Sport Awards recognised Bengeo Tigers club official, Peter Malady with the Local Hero award last week at a ceremony in central London.
Pete won the award after turning Bengeo Tigers football club, a club with the worst disciplinary record in their league, into the best-behaved club on and off the pitch in the county.
The Daily Mirror’s ‘Pride of Sport Awards’ was attended by a number of sporting heroes including England manager, Roy Hodgson, and former Arsenal and England keeper, David Seaman.
Pete picked up the Local Hero award on the night, an award that aimed to recognise an individual that has worked tirelessly to make an impact on sport in their local community. The award was for those that have made an impact but seek no praise or recognition.
The night marked an incredible 12 months of achievement for both Pete and Bengeo Tigers Community football Club.
In June, Pete was also presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football at the Hertfordshire FA Community Awards this summer.
In the same month, a judging panel including both Stephanie Moore MBE and Trevor Brooking CBE identified the Bengeo Tigers football club as the National Grassroots Club of the Year in the FA’s Respect awards.
The club won the Respect award for showing extraordinary commitment in executing a zero tolerance approach to ‘respect’ issues. The panel noted that the energy the Tigers had shown to set and maintain its high standards were key aspects in their decision.
With Peter’s guidance, Bengeo Tigers FC formed a strategy to combat the poor discipline at the club, that included writing Codes of Conduct for players, parents, spectators and coaches. Peter then communicated this strategy at all levels of the clubs from coaches to parents through regular ‘Respect’ briefings.
He also identified age groups and teams where discipline issues persisted, and attended games and training sessions as a visible presence. Furthermore, Pete instigated internal discipline panels for all misconduct incidents, with offenders encouraged to attend FA Safeguarding Courses.
Last year, Peter was honoured at Wembley FA with the Bobby Moore Respect Award for his exceptional work helping to offer players an experience of football which is fair, safe and enjoyable. He has also been to St George’s Park with fellow Bengeo Tigers club official, Karl Howford, over the last 12 months to give a presentations to the FA’s lead Respect Officers.
Pete will now turn his attention to his new role and exciting projects on the committee at Hertford Town FC.
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Well done Pete!