FOOTBALL: Bottesford FC achieve FA Charter status

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

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Thriving Leicestershire football club Bottesford FC have taken another big step forward – after receiving a significant FA award.

The club has achieved The FA Charter Standard Community Club status. Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, recognising and rewarding clubs for their commitment and achievements.

It is a very prestigious award, given only to a select number of clubs across the country.

The award was a vital element of the club’s recent successful application for funding for a new clubhouse – and it has been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

Bottesford FC chairman Daniel Gribby said all within the club were delighted: “It’s a wonderful achievement for our club to be recognised in this way – and is yet further evidence of our growing stature. It’s a great credit to all concerned that, after six months of hard work, we`ve been awarded this status around two years ahead of schedule.