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Horsford FC awarded top FA kite mark as club continues to grow

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 County FA.

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 County FA.

The club 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 achievements.

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 ahead.

“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.