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RNAS Culdrose Football Club secures to FA award
10:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Football Club has been awarded a prestigious Football Association award that recognises high standards in its coaching and safety.
The club has been awarded FA Charter Standard Community status. The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has more than 6,800 clubs with 653 advanced level community clubs across 300 leagues. The kitemark is a major focus of the FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy and has improved coaching, increased the number of girls’ football teams and made safeguarding children a priority for those involved in the game.
There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an FA Charter Standard Club, the next level is an FA Charter Standard Development Club and the most advanced FA Charter Standard Community Club. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.
RNAS Culdrose FC becomes one of only 12 FA Charter Standard Community Clubs in Cornwall and is a unique achievement within the Royal Navy.
The award was presented by Nigel Hanniford of the Cornwall County Football Association at the Bill Pearce Sports Pavilions, RNAS Culdrose on Saturday to Alan Odgers, youth secretary; and Chief Petty Officer Chris Fairey, head coach.
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Plenty, Culdrose Youth FC chairman and senior club vice-chairman said: “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work that began back in 2005 as a vision to link the youth and senior clubs together to allow a natural pathway for players from the age of five into adult football. We now have 14 teams boasting more than 200 senior and youth players providing a real, tangible community link through football.”