Mutual Respect Award winner: November
Elizabeth Jackson is making sure that football is fun for everyone.
Published on: 5 November 2021
Elizabeth Jackson from Bedfordshire is our Nationwide Mutual Respect Award winner for November 2021.
The award recognises contributions, achievements and behaviour in grassroots football across the country by young players, coaches, teams, parents and referees.
Elizabeth was nominated by the community for her inspiring work with disability footballers in her area.
A coach and a league welfare officer, Elizabeth got involved with disability football when her son Karl started playing for a Milton Keynes football team.
Over the past 14 years she has helped teach young children and adults with disabilities - including wheelchair and framed football.
Elizabeth said: “I am overwhelmed by this Mutual Respect Award from Nationwide. I got involved with disability football because my son is autistic. I went from being a mum on the side lines to becoming a coach six years ago.
“I coach wheelchair, framed, u12’s, u16’s and adult disability football. I am also working with Cerebral Palsy Sport to set up a girl and ladies CP football team in 2022.
“I love my job – it’s so rewarding. The point of disability football for me is that everyone must have fun and they have to laugh. Like my son says ‘if it’s not fun, it’s not football’.”
The Nationwide Mutual Respect Award panel said: “We are delighted to give this Nationwide award to Elizabeth for being such a role model for mutual respect in the Bedfordshire disability football community.
"Massive congratulations to Elizabeth.”
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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