Knebworth Youth net awards double

PUBLISHED: 11:27 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Steve Cook

Steve Cook

KNEBWORTH Youth FC netted two awards at the recent Herts FA annual presentation to Charter Standard Clubs. Steve Cook scooped Herts Coach of the Year and Knebworth Youth Football Club were named Herts Charter Standard Club of The Year. As a coach, Steve

KNEBWORTH Youth FC netted two awards at the recent Herts FA annual presentation to Charter Standard Clubs.

Steve Cook scooped Herts' Coach of the Year and Knebworth Youth Football Club were named Herts' Charter Standard Club of The Year.

As a coach, Steve has always worked with his players to make sure they are all given coaching to their best ability, and encourages fair play and sportsmanship.

This year Steve has also researched and help put together the five year plan for the club to make sure it continues to develop, giving the best opportunities to the youth in the community.

Cook has also taken his coaching skills and given free tuition to a local school at an after-school club.

He is also pushing forward with zero tolerance of foul and abusive language and racism from both players and spectators.

Knebworth have never tolerated this sort of behaviour and are now pressing the league to enforce across all clubs.

As the club's training officer, Steve has not only made sure that every coach is given opportunities to improve their qualification, but has actively encouraged the older players to be involved with the younger age groups, as coaches and referees.

Knebworth Youth enjoyed tremendous success on the pitch last year and indeed even before the season began the club was winning trophies galore at a number of summer tournaments.

The village club produced two County Cup semi-finalist teams last season, at Under-12s and Under-14s, along with several teams challenging their respective league titles, and two League Cup winners.

The youth club can also boast a number of players training with local academies and professional clubs.

With the provision of free, weekly coaching sessions for Year 3 and Year 4 children at the village school, Knebworth Youth has further enhanced its role within the community.

Knebworth also support the growth of girls' football by offering weekly training sessions and membership of these has more than doubled.

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