Wyrley Juniors FC have been awarded FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2011 NATIONALLY by the FA!

The Club picked up the County and Regional awards at an awards ceremony before the Walsall FC v Wolves game at Banks’s Stadium last night and was also then delighted to hear that it was the National winner.

To get Community Club status in itself is a challenge and to receive County recognition is an honour (we were also County winners in 2004, 2006 and 2009) as there are 15 Community Clubs in Staffordshire. To be a Community Club you have to have 10 teams, a girls section, adults teams, development plan and all FA policies in place. To get Regional recognition is rare – we were also Regional winners in 2009 (in additional to Staffordshire, the Region is made up of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Birmingham FAs and you can only guess at the number of clubs in that huge area). BUT to get NATIONAL recognition has exceeded all our expectations!

We are told that some of the reasons for our nomination are as follows: –

– working with Police to deliver free coaching
– supporting Staffs FA diversity initiatives with U8 girls and Veterans
– goalkeeping centre
– Long Lane Development
– support for Young Leaders and coaches
– support for Staffs FA on committees and workshops
– the quality and size of our annual tournament (interestlingly another winning club commented very favourably about our tournament and will be returning next year)
– and the list goes on!

Every one involved in giving up their time volunteering for the Club should be very proud of this award – it is indeed a ‘one-off’ and rare acheivement – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

The National award will be presented to us at a luncheon before the Community Shield game between Manchester United and Manchester City on August 7th in the FA Club Room at Wembley, where we will be rubbing shoulders with other National winners in 6 other categories and footballing icons such as Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Watch this space for photos taken from that event!

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