Campaign thanks Katherine for keeping lane clear of litter

Courtesy certificate presented for clearing up litter

The National Campaign for Courtesy has presented 15-year-old Katherine Ball of Barnstaple, Devon with a certificate recognising her dedication to keeping a local lane clear of litter.

Vice-Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy Robert Zarywacz read about Katherine’s efforts to keep Barbican Lane clear of litter in an article in the North Devon Journal. He was shocked by the news that several people had sworn at her and deliberately dropped litter, which was demoralising her.

Robert immediately passed the article to the charity’s executive council, who agreed unanimously that Katherine deserved to be recognised for her contribution to the community, especially as the campaign has launched its own national anti-litter drive supported by patron Joanna Lumley OBE.

Robert recently met Katherine in Barbican Lane to present her with her certificate and thank her for all her hard work.

“Litter is a blight on our towns and countryside, so we are delighted to recognise Katherine’s initiative and energy in looking after the environment and improving it for everyone,” said Robert.

“Katherine is a shining example of what citizens can achieve and a beacon for young and old alike.

“We hope this certificate will encourage Katherine to keep up her good work and reassure her that it is valued not just locally but across the country.”

Partner link: Fans Sing For Opposition Goalkeeper Who Lost His Mother

It’s pretty rare for an athlete to get a standing ovation from opposing fans in any sport. But on Friday night in the Netherlands, that’s exactly what happened (reports Isaac Saul).

NAC Breda goalie Jelle ten Rouwelaar had lost his 61-year-old mother not long before their game against the Go Ahead Eagles. During the 61st minute of action, fans of the Go Ahead Eagles club — who were the home team — gave Rouwelaar a standing ovation.

But they weren’t done there. Shortly after, along with NAC Breda fans, they all broke into a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Rouwelaar was clearly touched by the gesture, despite trailing in the game, and he took a moment to acknowledge the fans during their song. It was a truly beautiful moment that reminded everyone sports, and competition, aren’t the most important things in the world.

 

Thanks to  @ike_saul for reporting this and John Walsh for alerting us to this beautiful story.

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Partner link: Fans Sing For Opposition Goalkeeper Who Lost His Mother

It’s pretty rare for an athlete to get a standing ovation from opposing fans in any sport. But on Friday night in the Netherlands, that’s exactly what happened (reports Isaac Saul).

NAC Breda goalie Jelle ten Rouwelaar had lost his 61-year-old mother not long before their game against the Go Ahead Eagles. During the 61st minute of action, fans of the Go Ahead Eagles club — who were the home team — gave Rouwelaar a standing ovation.

But they weren’t done there. Shortly after, along with NAC Breda fans, they all broke into a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Rouwelaar was clearly touched by the gesture, despite trailing in the game, and he took a moment to acknowledge the fans during their song. It was a truly beautiful moment that reminded everyone sports, and competition, aren’t the most important things in the world.

 

Thanks to  @ike_saul for reporting this and John Walsh for alerting us to this beautiful story.

See other inspirational football stories .

Join us. Become an ambassador (all we ask is that you share and spread these stories and our free posters.

Courtesy award for Coffee Republic in North Finchley

National Campaign for Courtesy award to Coffee Republic North Finchley

The National Campaign for Courtesy has awarded the manager and staff of Coffee Republic in North Finchley a certificate acknowledging their exceptional customer service and courtesy to others

Campaign for Courtesy’s Vanessa Bond presented the certificate to manager Raj Mathur recently. Raj has been manager at the café in High Road for the last eight years and has developed a lovely community spirit within the cafe. Every Friday there is a chance to experience Shiatsu Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage or Healing. There are evenings with local musicians or a Mind, Body and Spirit exhibition. Groups offering English or conversational foreign languages meet there and even the local press used to meet there, giving local people a chance to chat to them about local issues.

Vanessa Bond said: “I was delighted to award Coffee Republic with this certificate. The staff have been seen outside assisting people in wheelchairs to make their way in and helping them to their tables and it’s also a popular venue for mother and baby groups to meet up. They provide absolutely first class customer service to everyone and really deserve this accolade.”

Campaign for Courtesy’s 30th anniversary AGM – Saturday 28 May 2016

Please join us in celebrating our 30 year anniversary at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 28 May 2016 at the Brothers Room in the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL (see direction map below). Starting at 11.30am.

National Campaign for Courtesy Annual General Meetings are friendly, interesting events, especially when our celebrity patrons attend.

You can hear about all our activities, including our Top Town programme and #pleaseMAY, and meet the people running the campaign.

We welcome everyone. Lunch and refreshments will be provided – please let us know you are coming to help with catering requirements – email 

We’ll also be celebrating our #pleaseMAY initiative to make May 2016 a month of courtesy.

Partner link: Enjoy Yourself When You Play – Johan Cruijff (Cruyff)

 

Enjoy Yourself

“The main thing for everybody, especially for a sportsman, is that you must enjoy yourself otherwise you will never enjoy it and never be good at it. I say to my son. Do whatever you want to do. Do it with pleasure.” source: Johann Cruijff, Tribute to a footballing visionary . BBC 5 Live.

Laugh & Enjoy Yourself

“If you can laugh and enjoy yourself, it is one of the most important things there is.” Johan Cruijff

 

 

Johan Cruijff was widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. He helped Dutch football to rise up from obscurity to become a powerhouse in world football.  He led Holland to the 1974 FIFA World Cup final and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. It was here that the word saw the Cruijff Turn.

The Cruyff Turn

Although he was still, arguably, the best player in the world,  Johan Cruijff  decided not to play in the 1978 World Cup, because his family suffered an attempted kidnapping  and so he said “I made the decision to stop in ’78. Hey I’m in the wrong time. There are too many crazy people. Let’s calm down.”

He had already played with Ajax Amsterdam and helped them to win 3 consecutive European Cups (& 8 championships between 1964 & 1973). In 1974 he moved to Barcelona and helped them from bottom of the table to become champions.

 

To Enjoy Is Much More Important Than Only Winning

He came back as a manager many years later and helped Barcelona win the European Cup in 1992 at Wembley for the first time in their 100 year history. Cruijff was delighted and said: “And now, you didn’t only win it, but the way you won it. Don’t talk about You: ‘No. no. You won the game. No. No. We enjoy watching. Enjoying a game for Barcelona is much more important than only winning.”

Total Football & Total Humanity

Cruyff was an exponent of the Dutch philosophy of ‘Total Football’ – where any player  can move and play anywhere while his companion covers any gaps left behind.  this is exciting football to watch. The spirit of Johan Cruijff lives on forever, in his Cruijff Foundation which helps less fortunate children to play sport.

 

I Enjoyed Myself Very Much

“(I) don’t think about it too much because you get big headed about it. It’s just that I had a fantastic career where I enjoyed myself very much.”

 

As his son Jordi says, he was a legend. The rest of us are mere mortals.

 

Thank you Johan Cruijff

 

 

Translink bus driver receives National Campaign for Courtesy Award

From a Translink press release:

Paul Doyle and PR Smith
(from left) Translink bus driver Paul Doyle accepts his certificate from the National Campaign for Courtesy’s PR Smith

Translink bus driver Paul Doyle has received a special award from the National Campaign for Courtesy in recognition of his exceptional example of kindness towards the end of last year.

Paul, a Metro driver based in Falls Road bus depot in West Belfast, hit media headlines worldwide at the end of 2015 for a simple act of generosity in which he presented a winter coat to someone in need.

While out driving during his shifts, Paul often noticed a young man outside and was concerned by his lack of suitable clothing in cold and often wet winter weather conditions. He decided to buy the man a warm coat and give it to him the next time his bus passed by.

Another passenger on board the bus at the time who witnessed Paul’s generosity, shared it on social media and the story went viral. It even inspired a local radio station to launch a #clothesforchristmas campaign which received thousands of donations for vulnerable people in need across Northern Ireland with Translink stations also becoming collection points for clothing.

Paul received a special certificate from PR Smith, National Campaign for Courtesy Non Executive Director, who said: “I came across Paul’s story while reading the ‘Metro’ newspaper on my daily commute through London – just as his act of kindness went viral.

“Paul is a true inspiration and I’m delighted to meet him and find out more about his story. It shows how even one simple act of generosity can be so powerful it touches the hearts of an entire nation and raises the profile of a serious societal issue. Kindness has a knock-on effect. Paul tells me that both he and other Belfast bus drivers have observed that car drivers are more patient since this story went viral.

“On behalf of the National Campaign for Courtesy, I would like to thank Paul and officially recognize his exceptional thoughtfulness.”

On receiving the Campaign for Courtesy award, Paul Doyle said: “It’s brilliant – I’m pleased I’ve made more people think about people in need out there. I’m blown away by the reaction – my passengers are still talking about it. I think it’s also strengthened the relationship between bus drivers and our customers. After all, we are an important part of community life, meeting dozens of different people every day – I think this small gesture has made more people warm towards us which is great.”

Paul was also recently presented with a Special Award from the Federation of Passenger Transport NI in recognition of his act of kindness.

A new look for the New Year

We are updating our web site for 2016 to make it easier to use and more accessible on mobile devices.

We hope you are enjoying the Christmas holidays and wish everyone a Happy and Courteous New Year for 2016.

Partner link: FA Chairman, Post-Paris, Confirms Nelson Mandela’s Vision: ‘Sport Can Change The World’

Speaking passionately post-Paris terrorist attacks, at the Middlesex Wanderers AFC dinner, FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, spoke about a picture painting a thousand words and the power of the images of French and English players arm-in-arm singing the French national anthem with the Wembley arch lit up in red, white and blue. A spirit of solidarity which sent out a message to terrorists: ‘You’re not going to win because we will not be beaten.’

FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, speaking at the Middlesex Wanderers AFC with French flag, St George's Flag, Scottish flag hanging above him

FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, speaking at the Middlesex Wanderers AFC 2015 dinner

Greg Dyke went on to quote the great Nelson Mandela:

“Sport has the power to change the world.

“It has the power to inspire.

“It has the power to unite people that little else does.

“Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”

Dyke continued passionately by saying ‘Never were those words more appropriate than on that wet and windy, but ultimately uplifting, Tuesday night.’

Partner link: FA Chairman Confirms Nelson Mandela’s Vision: ‘Sport Can Change The World’

Speaking passionately post-Paris terrorist attacks, at the Middlesex Wanderers AFC dinner, FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, spoke about a picture painting a thousand words and the power of the images of French and English players arm-in-arm singing the French national anthem with the Wembley arch lit up in red, white and blue. A spirit of solidarity which sent out a message to terrorists: ‘You’re not going to win because we will not be beaten.’

Greg Dyke went on to quote the great Nelson Mandela:

“Sport has the power to change the world.

“It has the power to inspire.

“It has the power to unite people that little else does.

“Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”

Dyke continued passionately by saying ‘Never were those words more appropriate than on that wet and windy, but ultimately uplifting, Tuesday night.’