Proud Glossop North End are celebrating after being named FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year for 2017 by Derbyshire County FA.
The accolade recognises the contributions made by staff, players, volunteers, supporters and sponsors at a club that has grown significantly over the last three years.
Glossop now boast 39 teams, including the senior side who play in Division One North of the Evo-Stik Northern Prtemier League and finished eighth in the season just finished, only just outside the promotion play-off places.
The club also run eight female teams and have more than 100 girls and ladies among their roll-call of 465 registered players.
Chairman Dave Atkinson said: “I am delighted that Derbyshire County FA have recognised the standing we have in our community. We have a wonderful set of volunteers, each of whom is tirelessly committed to driving this great club forward.
“The volunteers include 76 coaches, who plan training sessions and games for all the players, and groundstaff, who ensure the facilities at Surrey Street and Cemetery Road are in good order.
“They also include matchday volunteers, the club secretaries and all the members of the club’s committees, who contribute so much valuable time to ensure we are the best we can be.”
Glossop have enjoyed lots of success in recent years, winning leagues, cups and tournaments, and even reached Wembley in 2015 when the first team competed in the FA Vase final. They were named High Peak Borough Council club of the year in 2016.
The club have a strong focus on junior football and, in the last 12 months, have recruited 17 new coaches, with various qualifications. They even staged their first ‘Football Festival’ at Surrey Street last year which attracted more than 60 teams, 500 players and 1,000 supporters. The event is being repeated over the weekend of May 20 and 21.
News of the accolade was welcomed by Glossop Juniors chairman Dave Rowlinson, who said: “This is fantastic, and everyone involved with the club should be so proud of what we have achieved. We will not rest on our lauirels. We are committed to creating a legacy for football in the area which will serve the community for years to come.”
Vice-chair Natalie Mills added: “At the centre of all our thinking is ensuring a positive, safe and inclusive environment for everyone at the club, as well as developing players and coaches. Thankyou to all involved. This award belongs to each and every one of you.”