College Football Team wins FA Award

Dudley College is celebrating after winning four regional awards which recognise the college's football team's commitment and high standards of play. The awards go to the Team Dudley football squad, which is made up of students studying a range of courses, yet still love to be involved in competitive sport.

The Further Education Award from Birmingham County FA was awarded for the enthusiasm, delivery and sustainability of Football at all levels across the College and local Community. With college teams in the British Colleges Sport leagues, recreational opportunities to play via the 'TEAM 19' format and 'MARS Just Play' sessions for female and disability students,  the college has offered a diverse, flexible and student lead Football programme during the 2012/2013 academic year.

The other three awards secured are all for the approach Team Dudley FC takes to the 'beautiful game'. The Doug McDonald Discipline Award was awarded to the team for having the best disciplinary record in the West Midlands Regional League and being the only team not to receive a red card during the season.

The team also received the West Midlands Regional League Respect Award from the referees committee who identified Team Dudley as having the best player behaviour, discipline and respect towards match officials. Plus the West Midlands Regional League Fair Play Award was awarded for the disciplinary record and fair play throughout the entire season.

Rob Elkin, a tutor at the college and Team Dudley's Captain said: "We're delighted that Dudley College and Team Dudley have received these awards in recognition and praise for the way we educate our students and young players to play the game. 

We have such a young squad which comes up against much stronger and more physical teams, but our temperament, discipline and respect for officials is second to none and I am delighted that we were rewarded for this by the west Midlands League. 

To receive the FA partner award is also testimony to the hard work that we are doing at the college to involve sports leaders in working with the local community to further develop the game of football."