Burnley FC in the Community’s (BFCitC) Premier League (PL) Kicks team followed in the footsteps of the Burnley Football Club first team by winning the Fair Play award at the 2018 Premier League Kicks Cup at the University of Manchester’s Wythenshawe Sports Ground.
The Clarets topped the FA’s Respect table for the 2016/17 season and our PL Kicks team followed suit by showing their integrity in this year’s Kicks Cup.
The tournament, which was hosted by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, consisted of 64 teams from around the country.
The BFCitC squad were placed in Group D and played in competitive matches against Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers, Fulham, Newcastle United, Stoke City and Watford. However, the Community Clarets picked up their best result with a positive performance in a local derby against Accrington Stanley.
Some of our players even got the chance to take part in a scaled-down 3-a-side match with Everton FC winger Yannick Bolasie. The game was competed in Bolasie’s YB3 format, which is played on an octagonal pitch and helps improve players’ skills in tight areas whilst encouraging them to be confident and inventive on the ball.
After the final of the competition, which saw West Ham United FC defeat Chelsea FC to be crowned winners, Burnley were presented with their Fair Play award by Bolasie himself.
Tom Conway, BFCitC’s Social Inclusion Officer, said: “It was a fantastic day for all 64 teams involved and especially for our players, who thoroughly enjoyed their experience of meeting and playing with Premier League player Yannick Bolasie.
“Congratulations to our players for being awarded with the Fair Play award as well, we pride ourselves on playing with respect and integrity and I’m pleased this shone through in all the games we played.”