Reward and Recognition 2018/19 – Announcement of the Second Winner John Anderson


The school are delighted to announce that teacher Mr Anderson has won a national award for his services to school football.

Winner Number 2 – John Anderson 

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire


John was nominated by Natalie Marvin, Team Leader at Parish Church Primary School and is well known for being right at the heart of anything happening in schools’ football in Gainsborough.

John has held regular training sessions for the children of Parish School. With no school field, he utilises the local park to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience the joy of football. The children at the school have become the Y5/6 Mixed Team and the Y5/6 Girls’ Team, who went on to win the district ESFA 7-a-side competition for a record-breaking 6th year in a row, whilst John’s Y5/6 Boys’ team and Y5/6 Girls’ team were district winners of the National League Trust competitions. At regional level, these teams finished in 3rd and 4th places.

Above and beyond his role at Parish School, John held community training sessions for all children, providing an opportunity for both a Girls and Boys representative team to go on to compete in the ESFA U11 9-a-side District Cup, whilst his successful bid to the ESFA and Premier League Scheme funded new kits for these teams.

Along with running all of these teams, two local schools’ leagues and three district cups, John also successfully applied for the ESFA Development Fund, using the money to run two inspirational festivals for children across Gainsborough, to introduce them to football too.

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work John, making you this season’s second nominee for the ESFA Volunteer of the Year and feature in the Reward and Recognition Programme, along with the recipient of 2 tickets to England vs Croatia at Wembley Stadium in November.

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