Jamie Williams wins FA Respect Award for outstanding work
South Shields’ Jamie Williams has been recognised for his outstanding work with a regional award.
Jamie, the club’s head of youth performance and development, has been handed Durham FA’s Respect Award for the positive difference he has made in grassroots football.
The award was given to Jamie as a result of his work with the SSFC Foundation.
He has since moved on to concentrate fully on the club’s Academy, mainly focusing on the Future’s Academy run in conjunction with Mortimer Community College.
Jamie was modest after collecting his award.
He said: “We’ve done some really good things as a club over the last few years, and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in it.
“We’ve been quite innovative with some of our ideas, and always put children at the centre of everything we do, which is very important.
“This is an award for the Foundation.
“I felt quite embarrassed to get it.
“There are a lot of very committed and talented volunteers and coaches involved in junior football across the country, and to be picked out is a strange feeling.
“If the FA had 1,000 of these awards to hand out, I’m sure they could find 1,000 deserving recipients.”
The FA teamed up with McDonald’s to launch the Grassroots Football Awards, aimed towards people who make a positive difference in the game and celebrating their fantastic work.
The awards aim to recognise those who represent the FA’s PRIDE values:
Progressive: Reaching for improvement and innovation
Respectful: Leading by example, inspiring positive behaviour in others
Inclusive: Uniting people of any age, ethnicity and from any background
Determination: Rising to and overcoming challenges
Excellent: Striving to make football the best it can be
Jamie joined South Shields in March 2017 and has become a pivotal part of the club.
He added: “I have introduced what I would class as common-sense practice delivered consistently.
“That starts with putting children at the centre of everything around decisions, and programmes designed around children.
“It’s children first, football second.
“It’s nice to win an award, but I’m genuinely pretty embarrassed and don’t feel any more deserving to have it than anyone else.”
Jamie – you’re too modest!
Thanks for your continued outstanding work and congratulations on your award.