Youngsters with a higher goal

PUBLISHED: 09:07 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

HORMEAD HARES girls under-11 squad with Kate Grehan

HORMEAD HARES girls under-11 squad with Kate Grehan

RESPECTFUL behaviour on and off the pitch has seen a youth football club nominated for an award. Hormead Hares, who compete in the Royston Crow League, are one of the contenders for the 2009 Hertfordshire Young People of the Year (Yopey) awards. They will

RESPECTFUL behaviour on and off the pitch has seen a youth football club nominated for an award.

Hormead Hares, who compete in the Royston Crow League, are one of the contenders for the 2009 Hertfordshire Young People of the Year (Yopey) awards.

They will be hoping to pick up the TTP Young People of the Year prize, which carries a top prize of £1,000.

Club treasurer Peter Worby nominated the youngsters, who he says have learned respect and responsibility, not only for themselves, but for the environment and the communities they live in.

He said: "We have a very strict code of conduct which the children have to sign and adhere to. Because of this the discipline is excellent.

"The youngsters are learning right from wrong, respect for each other and adults, and general good sporting behaviour."

The club was founded in 2000, and has grown from one team of 10-year olds to a club which caters for 250 boys and girls of various ages.

Mr Worby highlighted a number of ways the players have got involved in their local community.

These include supporting a child who was bullied at school, keeping the pitches where they play and train free of litter, and assisting with the coaching of younger age groups.

"They are a great bunch of youngsters who, through football and the ethics we drill into them keep out of trouble, unlike some of their peer groups," he said.

Kate Grehan, 16, played football for several years until injury halted her progress. She now helps out with the Hares under-11 girls side, and is going for her Level One coaching qualification.

She said: "Everybody is friendly and makes you feel so welcome. The kids are enthusiastic and always turn up. Even when they lose they still finish smiling."

Meanwhile parent Mark Davies said daughter May has "learned respect" through being a Hormead Hare.

"My daughter has made many new friends with both the players, supporters and volunteers who run the club," he said.

"This has strengthened her respect for other people, enhanced her moral values, and made her a team player."

Hertfordshire Yopey was started in 2005 by Tony Gearing to recognise young people in the county who give to others and are positive role models.

A cross-section of companies and local authorities from Hertfordshire have contributed to a total prize fund of £3,000 for this year's awards.

There is still time to nominate a deserving young person, aged 10-25, by completing an application form at www.yopey.org or writing to Herts YOPEY, PO Box 103, Hare Street, Ware SG9 0XD.

Entries will close on February 28. An awards ceremony for the best entries from eastern Hertfordshire will take place in Stevenage in April.

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