oldbury park tigers fair playOPTFC Youth Boys have won the WFA County Fair Play Award which was for fair play (yellow/red cards record and referee comments as well as comments from any WFA person viewing our teams during the season). Therefore it was for ALL Youth teams (11 v 11 and 9v9).

Nathan Millbery collected the award on behalf of all the players and coaches from our Youth section.

The Worcestershire FA held its Annual Awards at Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Previously known as the Long Service awards, the event this year was expanded to include County, Regional and National recognition from the FA Carlsberg Referee, FA McDonalds Community and FA RESPECT awards.

The newly formatted ceremony was hosted by County Chief Executive Nichola Trigg and the evening included several guest presenters. County President Percy Rushton made awards to Council Members for 30 years service to the Association, as well as a Life-Membership to Charles Poole.

WFA Chairman Roy Northall presented the awards to League and Competition Officers for their length of service. County Refereeing Long Service awards were presented by Ray Olivier, National Referee Manager for the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL); there was recognition for 40, 30, 20 and 10 years service to the Association.

Chad Ehlersten, who is the FA Regional National Game Manager for the West Midlands, handed out awards to Club Secretaries who have achieved 20 years service in their posts; there was also a single 10 years award.

Our former colleague Adam Watts, who now acts as a Senior Coach to PGMOL Assistant Referees, made the presentations for the FA National Carlsberg Refereeing awards, There was a County FA nominated award for work done with the Referee Development Programme, as well as a National Award for an outstanding contribution to refereeing.

County Development Manager introduced Trevor Smith, who is the Worcestershire McDonalds franchisee – he made the presentation for The FA McDonalds Community Awards.

Award-winning Journalist Steve Carley, from the Worcester News handed out the FA RESPECT awards to clubs nominated within the Worcestershire FA.

The Worcestershire FA were the first County Association to hold an annual awards ceremony for Long Service and were happy to extend the highly successful evening to include awards for recognition from FA partners. All recipients received an engraved memento of the occasion as well as a framed photograph from the ceremony.