Horsford FC was presented
with the top FA kite mark last weekend when they were officially presented with
their FA Charter Standard Community Club plaque by the Chairman of Norfolk
based just north of Norwich has grown in size over recent years and will boast
30 teams next season including new youth and adult female provision, an adult
male team and a Veterans team.
The increase in teams alongside meeting a
rigorous checklist which prioritises Child
protection, quality coaching and implementation of the respect programme has
earned them the top level Charter Standard Award from the Football Association.
Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard
Programme supported by McDonald’s in The FA’s accreditation scheme for
grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots
football, support the development of clubs and leagues and to recognise and reward them for their commitment and
FA Charter Standard Accreditation is awarded to
clubs who are judged as well-run and sustainable by meeting criteria based on
three levels: FA Charter Standard Club (entry level), FA Charter Standard
Development Club and FA Charter Standard Community Club - the most advanced
level of club development and football provision.
Chris Brown, Chairman of Horsford FC spoke of his
delight at achieving Community Club status:
"Horsford FC has grown and developed incredibly over the past three
years and is a huge credit to everyone involved in the club. 2018 is already
proving to be an even bigger year with us looking to increase our girls and
ladies provision for the new season and we look forward to the challenges
“A huge thank you to Norfolk County FA and Stacey Annison for their help
in achieving what we have done so far.”
Norfolk FA’s Senior Football
Development Officer, Stacey Annison hopes other clubs can follow the positive
example set by Horsford FC: "With
Horsford FC setting the standard very high, it would be brilliant for clubs
that have similar aspirations to take note of the good practice they’re
delivering on and off of the field.
Michael Banham, Chairman of Norfolk FA said when presenting the award: "This is my first visit to Horsford and i'm amazed at the facilities they've got here, the set up they have and the volunteers they've got to assist members of the club - it's fantastic and I've been very proud to present their award."
To find out more about Horsford FC please visit HorsfordFC.co.uk and to find out more about the club development and The FA Charter Standard Programme please visit NorfolkFA.com.