Setting the standard

FA Chairman David Bernstein meets young players at Whaley Bridge FC
FA Chairman David Bernstein meets young players at Whaley Bridge FC

WHALEY Bridge Athletic FC received a visit from FA chairman David Bernstein to celebrate becoming England’s 500th FA Charter Standard Community Club.

The FA Charter Standard programme recognises and rewards high-quality levels of provision in club and league football.

It is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable and which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

Presenting the club with a commemorative piece of cut crystal, £500 of Umbro vouchers and a coaching equipment pack provided by McDonalds, Mr Bernstein said: “I am delighted to be here to recognise the efforts of this excellent club, who like all of our Charter Standard Clubs, continue to be the model for all grassroots clubs to aspire to.

“In achieving Charter Standard status you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe club offering opportunities for all. As an FA that is what we are here to encourage, particularly at the grassroots level of the game.”

Whaley Bridge currently contains 13 teams consisting of ten junior boys’ teams, one junior girls’ team, and two open age teams.