Fifteen-year-old Ethan Jones has been awarded the David Bingham Trophy for 2018, after impressing with his behaviour and leadership on the Premier League Kicks programme.
The trophy – remembering the late David Bingham, a lifelong Boro fan who played an important role in the club’s survival in 1986 – has been presented each year for more than two decades. The criteria for nomination has changed over the years, with past winners including Boro legend John Hendrie.
The award is now presented to a deserving participant from a Foundation programme who has shown excellent attitude, willing to work, and going above and beyond what is required of them
He was presented with the award by Grant Leadbitter, Christine Newton and David Bingham’s grandchildren.
Ethan, who lives in Lingdale, East Cleveland, has gone from strength to strength since MFC Foundation started delivering a PL Kicks session in his area.
Kicks Coach, Scott, remarked that his behaviour both in and out of school has drastically improved, and is setting a terrific example for the other children.
“His behaviour has been first class in the sessions,” he said.
“He plays for my Sunday League team as well, and he is always on time, bringing a positive attitude, and he’s always keen to learn.
“His father has seen first-hand Ethan’s behaviour improve, and at the Kicks sessions we look to Ethan to help guide and encourage the younger ones. He has recently become and Uncle, and just like to the children of Lingdale, he has the chance to be a great role model for his nephew.”
Kicks uses the power of football and appeal of professional football clubs brands from the Premier League and Football League to engage young people who may otherwise be difficult to reach in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country.
The vision is to ‘build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential.’
Are you aged 8-19 I want to play free football with Middlesbrough FC Foundation coaches? Contact Liam.Watson@mfcfoundation.co.uk to find you closest Premier League Kicks site.