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Last Friday saw the first Charter Standard awards evening for the West Riding County FA.
The evening was a great success with a chance for clubs, schools and leagues to be recognised by the county FA staff but also a chance for them to share good practice and achievements.
On hand throughout the evening was Leeds United and England International Sue Smith who gave an insight into her footballing experiences and how she has developed from a grassroots player to one of the country's top female footballers.
The evening was started with the presentation of the Charter Standard Club awards, these awards go to those clubs that have gone that bit further with their development. Ackworth Allstars picked up the Charter Standard Club of the year award which is a great achievement for a club that has only been running for about 18 months and can now boast over 60 boys and girls from under-6s to under-10s.
The Charter Standard Adult Club award was won by Leeds Met Carnegie, who as a club work to ensure that the standard of adult football is at the top of its game, Leeds Met Carnegie's season has been full of successes including being accepted into the Northern Counties East League.
The Charter Standard Community Club award was achieved by a club that is at the forefront of everything that West Riding County FA and the FA are looking to achieve, Knaresborough Celtic are continually developing; they have added a senior team to ensure progression of their juniors which they are always working with through the school club link programme.
The regional and county Charter Standard Coach of the Year was won by Simon Tait of Uppermill AFC whose work has really pushed the club forward. Simon's dedication has seen the development of girls football within the club go from strength to strength. Never content, Simon is regularly seen trying to improve himself by attending workshops and courses at both West Riding & Manchester FA.
The evening then went on to recognise the Charter Standard Schools across the West Riding. The Charter Standard Schools National Awards give schools the opportunity to win at a County, Regional and National level, gaining local and national recognition for outstanding achievements in using football to provide high quality PE & Sport.
This year the WRCFA received nominations in the following categories: Charter Standard Primary, Charter Standard Primary Development, Charter Standard Secondary, Charter Standard Secondary Development and Charter Standard Special School.
Four of the five County winners were also chosen as Regional winners, which speaks volumes for the amount of fantastic work being done by the schools in West Riding area.
The Charter Standard Primary School award went to Bradshaw Primary School, Halifax, who gained their Charter Standard status earlier this year. Bradshaw Primary work closely with Huddersfield Town FC and many other junior clubs ensuring that football within their school is of a high quality. Bradshaw Primary was also selected as Charter Standard Primary School for the Yorkshire Region.
For the second year running Strawberry Fields Primary School won the Charter Standard Development School award. Strawberry Fields always have football at the forefront by hosting teacher training courses, delivering football in curriculum and out of school ours for both girls and boys at every age group. They have also developed links with local clubs including Garforth Town. Strawberry Fields have also had an extra treat this year as they went to the David Beckham Football Academy in London. Strawberry Fields Primary was selected as Charter Standard Primary Development School for the Yorkshire Region.
The Charter Standard Secondary School award was won by Beckfoot School, Bradford, who unfortunately weren't able to attend on the evening.
Wetherby High School picked up the Charter Standard County & Regional Secondary Development School which demonstrates just how committed they are to developing every aspect of football within their school. Wetherby have strong links with locals clubs, have worked to develop a network of football with their family schools and in addition invest a lot of time and effort into mentoring and are heavily involved with the Step into Sport programme.
The final schools award went to Haycliffe School who won the County and Regional Charter Standard Special School award. Haycliffe continue to develop football within their school and beyond, as they host a league for schools within Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees. The pupils of Haycliffe take part in football both within and outside of the curriculum and have a great involvement with Bradford Disability Football Club ensuring that their football is sustained beyond school.
To finish off the evening the Charter Standard Leagues of West Riding County FA were recognised for their hard work and commitment to becoming 100% Charter Standard Leagues. The West Yorkshire Adult League, The RCD Huddersfield Junior League and the Garforth Junior League have all reached the 100% mark and is a culmination of hard work over several seasons by several committees and of course the clubs that play in these league. The achievement of this status ensures that no matter home or away the clubs are playing in the best possible environment and are truly embracing the Charter Standard ethos.
The West Riding County FA would like to offer its congratulations to all the clubs, schools and leagues that have won awards and wish you all the best for the coming season.
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