YOUTH FOOTBALL: Ropsley Colts set the Standard

Gary Reeves receives the award on behalf of the club from The FA's Reg Jackson and Sophie Bartup, with Ropsley Colts club members looking on. Photo: Toby Roberts
Gary Reeves receives the award on behalf of the club from The FA's Reg Jackson and Sophie Bartup, with Ropsley Colts club members looking on. Photo: Toby Roberts

Formed in 2012, the Ropsley Colts have been awarded FA Charter Standard status.

The FA Charter Standard programme is a kitemark which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 4,500 clubs, with 460 advanced level Community Clubs. The kitemark is a major focus of The FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy and has improved coaching, the number of girls’ football teams and safeguarding children.

Ropsley Colts welcomed both Lincs FA director Reg Jackson and development officer Sophie Bartup to the club on Saturday for the presentation.

Colts committee members in attendance included club chairman and under-11 coach Gary Reeves, secretary Charlie Reeves, treasurer Jo Mortimer and club welfare officer Celia Cooper-Brown.

Charlie commented: “Attaining the accreditation has been two years of hard work, so a big thank you to everybody that has helped us reach this point in the club’s development.”

The club now has approaching 100 members, playing under-5 to under-12 football. Training takes place on Saturday mornings at the Ropsley Village Hall playing fields and the club’s teams compete in the award-winning Onyx Teamwear Grantham Youth Football League on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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