The British American Football Referees Association have announced the John Slavin Award winner for 2018 as the Norwich Devils – an impressive accomplishment for a team that only re-joined the National Leagues in 2018!
The John Slavin Award rewards those programmes that offer the best game day experience in terms of a well-marked field.
Decided by audits carried out by attending BAFRA officials, the previous winners of the Award were the Berkshire Renegades in 2016.
The Award caps off a highly successful first year back for the Devils, who finished third in the SFC 2 East this season, earning themselves playoff football.
DC visited with the Devils ahead of the season, and the programme deserves a lot of credit for the great set-up they’ve put together in recent years as they built towards a return to league action, with an impressive support network and well-organised committee.
BAFRA also announced the best-marked programmes for each of the game’s tiers:
Premier: Bury Saints
Division One: Cambridgeshire Cats
Division Two: Norwich Devils
Junior (Under 19s): London Warriors