Ever-growing Horsford club rewarded for their efforts with FA plaque

The presentation ceremony at Horsford. Picture: Rebecca Burton

The presentation ceremony at Horsford. Picture: Rebecca Burton - Credit: Archant

Horsford FC have been with the top FA kite mark when they officially received their FA Charter Standard Community Club plaque.

The club 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.

The Programme's 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. 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.

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'Horsford FC has grown and developed incredibly over the past three years and is a huge credit to everyone involved in the club,' he said.

'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.'

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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,' she said.

'We want more clubs like Horsford FC that embrace the Community Award, reward and progress their volunteers and offer an opportunity for everybody to be involved.'

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