A FIRM of Sheffield solicitors have joined forces with the local football association to recognise the teams and referees who lead by example in the field of fair play.
Taylor&Emmet presented awards to the most sporting players in its Sunday senior and junior challenge cups at a special ceremony organised by the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA.
Using statistics from the 2011-12 season, the junior and senior teams that recorded the fewest cautions were honoured, along with the referee rated most highly by clubs participating in the challenge cup competitions.
Anthony Long, Taylor&Emmet chief executive, presented the prizes to The Carpenters Arms from Doncaster, who reached the fourth round of the junior cup with just one caution, and Rotherham’s Bradgate FC, who again received just one caution during a senior cup run that took them to round three.
Referee Adam Burgess received the fair play award, having earned 95 per cent positive feedback in the four cup matches he officiated.
Anthony said: “We are keen advocates of fair play, in sport and business, and we believe those who show consideration for colleagues, team mates and opponents should be recognised.
“It was a pleasure to meet all the winners of our awards and we hope the awards inspire teams vying for this season’s challenge cups to compete with similar dignity and respect.”
Taylor&Emmet is a longstanding supporter of grassroots football and, as well as sponsoring the challenge cups for three seasons, it supports local teams including Greenhill Juniors and Dronfield Town Ladies.