Roffey Robins youngsters pick up football awards - via YouTube
On the eve of the new season as an under-12 team, Roffey Robins Atletico looked back on their previous season as under-11s and celebrated their end-of-season awards via YouTube.
The video was hosted by manager Ricardo Moratalla as he and his coaching team presented awards to four deserving winners.
It was also an opportunity to look back fondly on the oddest of football seasons, with the move up to nine-a-side football, another strong performance in the Plate competition and a team training session and overnight stay at the English FA’s headquarters at St George’s Park before everything came to a dramatic halt.
In that guillotined season, Atletico players developed as individuals and as a group.
They had some great wins, scored wonderful goals and developed into a team that played football the right way.
The coaching team had a difficult task in determining the award winners.
Footballer of the Year –
Aaron is the Atletico captain, a midfielder, goalscorer and talisman.
The Footballer of the Year award is a new award to simply recognise the best player.
Aaron was the deserved winner on any measure and has rightfully been
recognised as the first
Players’ Player of the Year – Theo Botevyle
Theo is the goalkeeper and had an outstanding season. His saves in the Plate quarter final penalty shoot out will live long in the memory. He works hard in training and his performances on a Saturday are first-class.
Spirit of Atletico Award –
This is given to the player who best encapsulates the values of Roffey Robins Atletico. It goes to a player who works hard, tries to play the right way, treats his opposition and officials with respect, supports his team-mates and always does his best.
Manager’s Award –
JB to his team mates, he possesses extreme pace, strong technical skills and is a deft goalscorer.
More importantly, he always plays with the right attitude, works hard, trains hard and is a positive example to his team-mates.
Most Improved Player –
Last summer he decided he wanted to make a position his own, and has worked to become left-back.
He has improved massively during the course of the year, performing a crucial role and always gives one hundred percent – in both training and matches.
Boss Moratalla said: “Last season will live forever in the memory – we went from training like the England team at St George’s Park, to national lockdown in less than two weeks.
“I think that what pleases me most about our team is the spirit and togetherness we have, and that was never more important than it has been over the last six months.
“I’d like to thank my coaching team and parents’ committee, who help me oragnise everything we do and make sure that we continue to give the best experiences and create memories for our players.
“I get real pleasure out of seeing the improvements in our team and am deligted we are able to play football again – something which we all missed during lockdown.
“I’d like to congratulate every one of our award winners – every award is thoroughly deserved.”