FAW Club Accreditation Success in North East Wales
4 December 2013

FAW Club Accreditation Success in North East Wales

Grassroots Clubs creating a Player Centred Environment

Grassroots Clubs creating a Player Centred Environment

The FAW Club Accreditation scheme supported by McDonald’s is a charter mark programme, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club football. The kite-mark is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety at the heart of their values.

The kitemark is a major focus of the Welsh Football Trust’s ‘Growing the Game and Raising Standards’ strategy and has improved coaching the number of girls’ football teams and the safeguarding of children across Wales. The North East Wales region has held a proud tradition of supporting and developing grassroots structures for the benefit of our young players and this season more than any other has been one for the region to be proud of.

The Wrexham and Flintshire Junior Leagues which consist of 43 teams, have through hard voluntary hours from grassroots coaches, officials, parents and players, worked towards attaining one of the four levels affiliated to the FAW Club Accreditation Scheme to recognise the clubs achievements across grassroots football. The entry level Standard Award is mandatory for all clubs who wish to enter into one of the 33 FAW affiliated leagues in Wales. The next levels are Bronze and Silver with the most advanced level being the Gold Award. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

The region's past achievements have been something to be proud of. Three of the last four FAW National Grassroots Clubs of the Year have come from the area with Brickfield Rangers FC (2010 and 2012) and Llay United YFC (2011) acting as a true local benchmark to help raise the overall standard of opportunities available within the region's leagues for players, coaches and volunteers to progress and create a player-centred, safe environment for all.

The 2013 Season has seen some wonderful individual achievements with clubs such as Mynydd Isa YFC, Rhostyllen YFC and Penyffordd YFC raising the bar and striving towards moving their clubs from a Mandatory Standard Award to a Bronze Accredited Club this season. This combined with Llay United YFC and Marford and Gresford once again being recognised with the Silver Accreditation and Brickfield Ranges attaining the wonderful Gold Accreditation has created a 100% accreditation success rate in North East Wales prior to Christmas for the first time since the development of the national and prestigious accreditation initiative.

Local Club Development Officer, Mark Roberts states; "A lot of hard work and effort has gone into the club accreditation process this season via our regional clubs and importantly great support has come through both the Flintshire and Wrexham Junior League committees allowing for a successful window for all involved. The Club Accreditation process is a key vehicle which underpins the safety, development and enjoyment within the grassroots game across Wales, and for the clubs of North East Wales to all come through this period with flying colours is a huge positive for all those involved within the game and importantly creates a strong impression to parents involved within the area that their child is playing within a safe, educated and structured environment"

The clubs will now continue to work alongside local Club Development Officer Mark Roberts in ensuring high standards are kept throughout the coming months and the clubs, coaches and players continue to progress in what has been labelled by many as a wonderful player centred environment in North East Wales.For a full list of the Regions Clubs achievements, please see below

Acrefair Youth, Aston Park Rangers, Bala JFC, Broughton Super Saints, Buckley Town, Cefn United, Chirk Youth, Coedpoeth United, Corwen Youth, Connahs Quay Tigers, Deeside Phoenix, Deeside Dragons, Ewloe Harriers, Garden Village, Greenfield, Halkyn United, Hawarden Rangers, Hawker Jets, Holywell Town, Johnstown YFC, Shotton Steel, Northop Hall, Marchwiel United, Mold Alex, Mostyn Colts, Park Youth, Penycae, Rhosddu United, Venture Youth

Borras Park Albion, Borras Park Rangers, Brymbo Lodge, Flint Town JFC, Kinnerton Oaks, Llangollen YFC, Mynydd Isa Youth, Penyffordd JFC, Rhostyllen Youth, Ruthin Rovers, Ruthin Town,

Llay United YFC and Marford and Gresford YFC,

Brickfield Rangers JFC

Congratulations to all clubs Involved across the region