Published on: 13 December 2021


Simon Mahomed from Chorley, Lancashire is our Nationwide Mutual Respect Award winner for December 2021.

The award recognises contributions, achievements and behaviour in grassroots football across the country by young players, coaches, teams, parents and referees.

Simon has won this award due to his work with his local football associations and their Diversity and Inclusion campaign.

He is also a great supporter of the Rainbow Laces campaign. The hope is that wearing the laces will contribute to conversations that will help ensure LGBTQ+ feel more welcome in sporting environments.

Simon has also spoken out against poor practices and negative social media comments across the network.


The recommendation for Simon said: “Simon is well respected and has the support of his peers within the football community. He continues to strive for success and equality within the game and educating where possible to make awareness a focused approach and not just a single event.”

Simon said: “This is so special and incredibly unexpected to win the Mutual Respect Award from Nationwide.

“I have a great passion and dedication for improving football by fighting LGBTQ+ phobia and promoting better inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, making the beautiful game, a game for everyone.”

Simon wins a trophy, as well as tickets to a forthcoming England game.


The Mutual Respect Award is part of our partnership with the Football Association's Respect campaign. It aims to make grassroots football more respectful and positive.

You can nominate your child, their referees, officials, a parent helper or a club. You can make one nomination per month.

Nominations close at 11.59 pm on the 21st of each month.

We'll use the contact details provided to contact you if your nomination wins.

Our target is to engage with one million parents and coaches in the FA Respect Campaign as a part of a three-year partnership.

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