Following three years of hard work Scole United FC have been awarded with the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club Award!
The bid was led by Ian Constance, Scole's Club Welfare Officer, who helped amalgamate the previously separate Adult and Youth Clubs into one. This season the Club has boasted 16 teams, ranging from under 8's to veterans, including three girls’ teams.
On receiving the Award, Ian said:
"It's a fantastic achievement and is particularly significant for me, as my father Ray was a founding member of Scole Lads when the youth teams began life as Scole Junior Canaries in the late seventies.
"The future of the Club looks bright and hopefully this Award is a stepping stone to enable the Club to develop further teams across a wider spectrum. There are plans currently being made to extend the playing field at Scole with a new clubhouse and changing rooms, which would also help the Club integrate with the local community further by providing improved facilities for everybody and not just for football use."
On the field the First Team, managed by James Last, achieved a respectable mid-table finish in Division 2 of the Anglian Combination League and are looking to regain their Senior status next season. They also reached the semi-final of the Norfolk Junior Cup, before losing 6-5 to eventual winners Reffley Rovers. Meanwhile, long serving Secretary Vic Buckle has just completed the brilliant achievement of chalking up 50 years service with the Club.
Norfolk FA Football Development Officer, Craig Terrington said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Scole United; they have come so far since the first meeting I attended back in 2009. The biggest challenge was amalgamating the two separate Clubs in to one and ensuring everyone shared the same vision to move the Club forward.
“They now have everything in place to be a real ‘hub’ of the Community, offering footballing opportunities for all ages. Congratulations to Scole United FC on becoming one of only 9 FA Charter Standard Community Clubs within the County.”