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Cardinals Win BAFRA 2017 Awards

Cardinals News - 23rd August 2017

The Ipswich Cardinals take great pride in providing the best 'Game Day Experience' for their fans, players and visitors at home games. This includes special attention to the playing surface, spectator facilities and game day presentation to ensure our home games are hosted to give all our visitors the best game day possible.

Therefore the Cardinals management are very pleased to announce that the Organisation has again won two awards from BAFRA (British American Football Referees' Association).

The Cardinals have won the 2017 BAFRA John Slavin Award for Best Overall in BAFANL, plus Division 2 winners. The awards will be presented by BAFRA to Cardinals Owner Ralph Alexander and Game Day Manager Steve Hawes at BAFANL Division 2 finals day at John Charles Stadium in Leeds on Sunday 10th September.

BAFRA awards the John Slavin Trophy in odd-numbered years to the team with the best game day management. This includes assessment on game balls, ball boys, chain crew, changing rooms, game commentator, scoreboard, referee microphone and spectator facilities. The title is awarded to the team that has come out best in an audit carried out by BAFRA members at each game.

After being advised of the award wins Cardinals Owner Ralph Alexander said "A great deal of hard work goes into our game days by all of our volunteer staff to make sure we have the best facilities and game day experience for everyone who visits our stadium. To have our achievements recognised by BAFRA for the third time in four years, (after winning BAFRA Best Game Field in 2014 and BAFRA Best Game Day Management in 2015), fills us with great pride. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Northgate Sports Centre for letting us use their facilities and their staff for keeping the stadium and pitch in great condition throughout the year." Ralph also added "To again win two categories including the UK title of 'Best Overall' in the league is an excellent achievement".

Rest assured the Cardinals management and the Game Day team will be sure to continue to provide and improve the Cardinals 'award winning' game day experience for 2018 and beyond!

Full details of the 2017 John Slavin Award can be found on the BAFRA Facebook page here.

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