Great Ponton Youth Football Club has recently been awarded FA Charter Standard status.
Only registered with the Lincs FA in June 2006 by current club chairman Ian Cruickshank and treasurer Sara Mathieson, formerly of Grantham Town Youth Academy, Great Ponton is a very modern football club.
Intially, Ian only intended to take his own Grantham Town team to his native Great Ponton but, such was the excitement and interest in starting a new club, several established Grantham Town youth teams decided to follow him up the A1 – so virtually overnight the club swelled to nearly 100 members.
Ian said: “At the time it felt like we had more players than Great Ponton residents.”
With strong support from Paul Teare and Harry Fletcher, of Grantham Town, and Great Ponton parish council chairman Peter Jackson, the club has grown considerably since those early days, gaining an additional field, mains water supply, toilets, portacabins, a floodlit pitch and two car parks.
Ian said: “Our mission then, as it is now, was quite simple – we wanted to create a happy, caring and friendly local club open to all.”
Ian thanked the “drive and commitment” of club secretary Sally Bradley and managers Dave Rawding, Scott Newcombe, Danny Short and Ian Death, along with coaches Johnathan Hodgkinson, Donna Hodgkinson, Dave Cook and John Barthorpe.
They were all delighted and proud to receive the FA Charter Standard, award by Lincs FA’s Reg Jackson who
fondly recalled playing football as a boy for the old Great Ponton team.
Ian said: “We are pleased to have a good set of players and parents who support the club week in, week out, and also all the coaches and helpers that make playing football at Great Ponton playing field a possibility.”
l Anyone interested in getting involved with the club, either through playing, coaching or sponsorship, should contact 01476 360204 or Ponton Main Services on 01476 530261.