Wyrley Juniors FC – voted Top Club in England!! The Club picked up the highest award at a lunch at Wembley Stadium. The full story follows…

The Club was delighted recently to receive Staffordshire FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2011 for the fourth time in 8 years and even more so when it was also voted the Regional winners for the second time in 6 years.
These awards were put into the shade when the club heard that it was the National Community Club of the Year for its work in the following areas: –

•supporting Staffordshire FA’s diversity objectives by creating a Veterans team and Under 8 girls teams
•after 11 years of much effort, raising £1.15m to build it’s own clubhouse, which will be finished at the end of the month
•volunteering free coaching to the local Community Police to keep youths off the streets
•providing free schools coaching
•its two academies for boys and girls aged 4 to 9 having over 70 players registered
•becoming a Deaf Friendly Club – one of only 100 nationally
•continual development of it’s coaches
•the quality of its annual tournament for 170 teams and much more

Keith Hardy, Chairman of the Club, picked up the award on behalf of the Club at a lunch hosted by Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Trevor Brooking before the Manchester United v Manchester City Community Shield match at Wembley. He is pictured below receiving the award from Ian Rush, ex Liverpool and Wales. He then went onto the pitch at half time with other award category winners to be introduced to the crowd. During the game, Wyrley Juniors FC name was flashed round the ground on pitch side advertising hoardings. Keith said ‘The Club is delighted to receive the highest award possible for any junior club and this is recognition for over 100 volunteers and 50 coaches involved with the club’. He added ‘ The club is going through a remarkable period, with our own ground weeks away from completion and receiving recognition at the highest level. For me, to walk on the Wembley turf with a national hero in Sir Geoff Hurst was an experience never to be forgotten.’ Shaun Ponder, Vice Chairman, who also attended the luncheon said ‘this is remarkable recognition for not just the club and its coaches and players but for the local area.’
Wyrley sent over 30 committee members and managers to the game – pictured below sporting their Wyrley scarfes before the game.
Keith Hardy finished by saying ‘the Club is 30 years old this coming season and with our own base we now intend to kick on again in providing excellent facilities to local footballers.’

Anyone wishing to join us should contact Keith on 07836202764.’

Click on the link below to see the film about the Club that was shown at the Presentation –

Below a picture of the Wyrley name going round Wembley.

4 comments for this article:
  1. avatar
    trevor smith

    Without any doubt, my proudest moment ever, seeing WYRLEY JUNIORS FOOTBALL CLUB name circulating the pitch at Wembley Stadium. It don’t get any better than that.

  2. avatar
    Keith Hardy (Chairman)

    Trev – and a lot of it down to your support over the years too!

  3. avatar

    This must have been a proud moment for you Keith, well done to all those who have supported Wryley Juniors throughout the years.
    I feel privilidged to be part of your club!
    On behalf of Wryley Tigers U7’s – WELL DONE!

  4. avatar

    hi keith,
    do you have an email address I can contact you direct on?



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