MK & Border Counties Youth League celebrates awards double

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THOSE involved with the running of the Milton Keynes & Border Counties Youth Football League have had their efforts recognised with two awards this week.

Not only is the Border Counties League the oldest and biggest youth football league in the region, it’s also one of the most successful in the country, and has been named as the Berks & Bucks FA Charter Standard League of the Year, as part of the McDonalds Community Awards.

The award recognise all the hard work that the League, its clubs, volunteers and officials have contributed over the past season to the successful running of the League, and now sees them going through to the regional awards stage.

The League has also been nominated in the FA’s Respect Award and has been granted Bronze Status this year with a Commendation from the FA

The Border Counties League was first established in 1968 and consists of clubs that are based within a 25 mile radius of Central Milton Keynes and affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association.

The season just gone saw more than 4,000 registered players in the League attached to over 70 clubs, who between them have almost 250 teams competing in 23 divisions in seven age groups from under 12 to under 18.

League chairman Pat Cook said: “These awards show that as a league we are committed to improving not only the enjoyment and ability of the sport for the children that participate, but that we remain adamant to support the FA Respect programme.

“Special thanks must be given to Tracey Stronge for her commitment to this work. We hope that we can continue to build on this so that the matchday experience for players, officials and supporters is in a safe and respectful environment.”

Pictured above is Tracey Stronge receiving the FA Charter Standard Award from Kelly Simmons.