Blackpool club get a taste of the high life by celebrating FA Respect Award with an open top bus trip
Open top bus parades are synonymous with successful football teams everywhere, from Manchester City to Arsenal to Real Madrid, and now even Layton Juniors FC.
The Blackpool club - whose website is powered by Club Website - celebrated in style after picking up an FA Respect Award at Wembley last month.
The Charter Standard club won Grassroots Club of the Year - a joint award with Longfleet Youth FC - after impressing FA judges in "the manner they drew on the energy and commitment of staff and volunteers to instil Respect principles at their clubs".
To mark the achievement, the club hired an open top bus and travelled around their catchement area with the players on the top deck, ending with a mash up fun day held at their Moor Park Playing Fields home.
By choosing to do something out of the ordinary for grassroots level, the club wanted to give players a day to remember and a taste of how a top flight team might celebrate.
"It was amazing to see the kids cheering and waving at people passing by and really made them feel they were coming home to a hero's welcome," Layton Juniors Public Relations Officer Paul Precious told Club Website.
The Respect Awards, which are now in their fourth year, salute the individuals, teams and leagues across England which have been at the forefront of promoting Respect at all levels of the game.
Representatives from Layton Juniors were invited to collect their award from FA Chairman Greg Dyke at Wembley Stadium prior to this season’s traditional curtain raiser - the FA Community Shield between FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League Champions Manchester City.
"This was such a prestigious award for Layton Juniors Football Club to achieve, especially as we are in celebration our 10th anniversary, only being formed in 2004," said Precious.
"We continue to strive and set the standard with regards to Respect and will continue to go from strength to strength. Our next aim is to instill Respect Ambassadors within every team to ensure the children that play within our club have what is most important about the game, FUN!"
If a ride on an open top bus risked stardom going to the players' heads, then starring in a promotional video (below) for the Respect Programme, filmed at St George's park, is surely enough to tip them over the edge!
Congratulations to everyone at Layton Juniors Football Club from all of us here at Club Website. Keep up the good work!
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Check out Layton Juniors FC's club website at www.laytonjuniorsfootballclub.co.uk.