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The annual Cornwall FA Charter Standard Awards were given out to winners from clubs from all over the county at an event at Bodmin Town FC, including those who have benefitted girls' & women's football.
The evening was hosted by Andy Mitchell, Cornwall FA's County Development Manager, who praised all the award winners for the progress they and their various clubs have made in introducing or developing football in their respective communities. The awards were presented by members of Cornwall FA - the President Brian Conyon MBE, Vice-Chairman and Youth Secretary, David Bray, retiring Treasurer Chris Coombes and Council Members Tristan Scott, David Rawlings, Brian Ridgeon and Ian Anear.
Saltash Youth won the FA Charter Standard Youth Club award. The club has been very active in supporting the development work of the Cornwall FA over the last year or so. More than 240 boys and girls have been involved in a school-club link scheme which has resulted in 60 new players joining the club's new Mini-Soccer section, with a new girls under-11 team joining a local league this coming season.
Charlestown Youth FC has been operating one of the most popular youth football clubs in the county for many years. They were honoured with Development Club of the Year. One of the first clubs in Cornwall to achieve the Charter Standard status, the club has gone on to ensuring that those values are maintained. The club runs teams at every age group and operates girls sections along with a turn up and play Mini-Soccer section.
Trevenson FC were the Community Charter Standard Club for 2009. The club has been able to provide football in all the categories of football provision and have increased participation within all their girls sections.
The evening also saw the annual Football Workforce Awards, given to individuals who have made a significant contribution.
It all began for Kate Queally when she volunteered to run a lunchtime girls football club. This led on to her taking a Level One coaching course. Becoming Landrake Mini-Soccer Centre co-ordinator followed. She now helps to run the centre with nearly 30 children attending each week. Kate has encouraged three other parents to pursue their Level One coaching qualification. She organizes the mini-soccer centre to attend festivals, fixtures, tournaments regularly and the school holiday soccer schools. This all goes with helping to raise funds for the Landrake Football Pitch Project. Kate is also a full time mum with four young children who travel everywhere with her, in her football minibus.
Truro-based Martin Hatfield had a long playing career with most of it gracing the Cornish turf. He turned his skills to coaching when his daughter Lucy began to play at Goonhavern Girls FC. Martin assisted in the running of several girls sides before becoming assistant club manager at Goonhavern Ladies and Girls. He enjoyed many successful years at Reen Manor developing young female footballers.
When the club relocated to Truro City in 2008 his daughter had moved to university, however Martin continued to put his efforts behind the ladies and girls set ups and support the female game. Martin had short spells working within the boys at Truro Grasshoppers but his appreciation of girls football development has won through. When several officers moved on from Truro City Girls FC, Martin was keen to ensure that the local girls continued to have an opportunity and has worked tirelessly to contribute to the success of the Girls' club, which has been expanded with a team entering the Cornwall Women's League.
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