Special Guests at Tomorrow's GamePlayers from Layton Juniors will be flag bearers and shirt wavers at the Blackpool game tomorrow, prior to taking to the pitch at half-time for a lap of honour.
Layton Juniors are a local junior grassroots football club, providing football for all children aged three to 18. They have been established for ten years and in that time have been fortunate enough to receive some very prestigious silverware through the years as the club has grown.
The club was absolutely overjoyed when they found out they were to receive the FA GRASSROOTS RESPECT AND FAIRPLAY AWARD 2013/14. Competition for the award was extremely strong, with Layton fighting off 66 other clubs at the final stage to become the grassroots winner. This trophy is awarded from the very top of football, in the Premier League, down through the Football Leagues, County FA, local leagues and then a grassroots club. As winners they were invited to Wembley Stadium for the Community Shield in August and were treated to full hospitality in the Royal Box.
One of the reasons why the FA gave the club the award was that despite not having the best facilities in the town of Blackpool, they are completely committed to delivering the “RESPECT CAMPAIGN” through the education of its players. They are responsible for the Lancashire FA implementing a Youth council and encouraging its members to adopt the creation, which is their player committee. They have made some vital decisions in the club shaping its future, for example designing the club a new badge more fitting for the next generation of players; it clearly shows a “RESPECT” handshake and incorporates equality and diversity within football, while showing they are proud of our town.