Ossett Town Juniors have been rewarded for playing a key role in their local community by receiving a top honour from the Football Association.
The Ingfield club, which boasts a thriving junior section of over 400 players, an under-19s Academy, a ladies section and a senior side, has received the prestigious FA Charter Standard Development Club award.
The honour recognises clubs up and down the country which showcase high levels of provision such as being well run, sustainable and which place child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount.
The club’s volunteer workforce has worked hard to meet the minimum requirements set by the FA and has developed a three-year plan that builds on the foundations already put in place.
The plan will introduce structured growth and retention of players and volunteers, raise standards and address abusive behaviour, develop facilities and focus on coach and workforce development to ultimately produce better players.
One of the key areas of improvement is the club’s desire to address the number of girls playing the game.
Ossett Town’s Chris Harrison said: “We are constantly recruiting to grow and one area that needs addressing is the number of girls playing football.
“It’s unfortunate that in the local area there are not many opportunities for girls to enjoy the beautiful game but we’re aiming to put that right.
“We want to establish a girls section in keeping with our vision.”
That vision starts tomorrow, Saturday, when the club holds its first event for girls to get involved in football at Gawthorpe Community Academy.
The event, held in conjunction with the Academy but open to female footballers aged 5-11 from around the city, aims to give budding youngsters a first taste of the game with fun and football on the menu for two hours.
Coaching will be overseen by Clayton Flower of Complete Sport with the FA Skills Team.
The event is free and takes place from 10am-12 noon.
To register a place text FESTIVAL as well as the child’s name and age to 07977 253693.
Town are also holding a half term soccer school, the ‘Ossett Soccer Samba’ from Monday, October 28-Wednesday, October 30.
Players from around the district aged between 4-12 years of age are welcome to attend and each day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.15pm at Horbury High School at a cost of £12.50 per day.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.