Award for Positive Pilgrims’ Amanda

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

Football coach Amanda Cooper has been awarded for her work with Boston United’s Positive Pilgrims, where she now manages the team.

Amanda has been named the 2014 winner of the Nigel Hoggarth Award for special contribution to disability football, presented by the Lincolnshire Football Association and learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust.

It was a double triumph for the Positive Pilgrims, who also took the League Division title in the Linkage-sponsored Ability Counts League awards ceremony for 2013-14, held at Sincil Bank.

Lewis Wright, inclusion officer at United in the Community, said: “Over the last few years I have seen Amanda’s character grow and grow and she deserves all the success she got when she managed her League Positive Pilgrims side to title glory.

“We’re very proud her.”

The Linkage Ability Counts League competes in monthly fixtures in three divisions, allowing individuals with disabilities to compete in football competition at different levels.

Currently, the league operates a championship, league and under 16s division, and hope to launch a women’s adult division next season.

Leanne Woodhead from Lincolnshire FA says: “This Charter-standard League has come a tremendous way in the past two years and I think this is a credit to everyone involved.

“Without the ongoing support of volunteers and parents, it would be extremely difficult to run such a highly-popular league every month.

“The monthly festivals are a pleasure to attend and the players are a fantastic group to be involved with.”