FA Charter Standard

Upton Football Club is awarded the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club Award

Cheshire County Football Association has awarded Upton FC the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club award for grassroots football.

The FA Charter Standard Club programme, supported by FA partner McDonald’s, was established six years ago and helps clubs to improve standards of coaching, administration, player development and child protection.

The national FA Charter Standard Community Club award is the pinnacle of the FA Charter Standard programme and is presented to those clubs, like Upton FC, who have raised their standards in these areas and lead the field in promoting best football practice, both on and off the pitch in grassroots football.

Cliff Elliott, Chair of Upton Football Club said ‘‘This award is the culmination of a lot of hard work both on and off the field since the club was formed in April 1994. Thanks has to go to all players, managers and parents who have helped ‘the fastest growing football club in Wirral’ to achieve the high standards set out by The FA.

Particular thanks go to Ann Hesketh whose tireless efforts have been the main driving force behind the club’s new ‘go forward’ attitude. It is also important to realise that the club now needs to move to the next level and can’t just rest on its laurels, and together we look forward to a bright future for all at the club”.

Upton FC were presented with their Community Club award at Tranmere Rovers FC home game against Nottingham Forest FC at Prenton Park on April 12, where they were honoured by Terry Harrop (CCFA Vice Chairman) and Frank Robinson (Wirral DFA Secretary).

Terry Harrop, Vice Chairman of the Cheshire County FA commented: “The FA Charter Standard award acknowledges the fantastic support that Upton FC is providing within the local community and its efforts to provide opportunities for players to develop their skills and play football in a safe and positive environment.”

James Self, Cheshire County FA Football Development Officer commented “Upton Football Club are a well organised club that sets themselves high standards in what they deliver, having a multi-team set up with excellent social, training and playing opportunities for all. This award is very special, as a Community Club is one of the truest measures of success for The FA Football Development strategy. The Cheshire County FA is committed to raising the standards of football at grassroots level and the dedication and achievements of clubs like Upton FC make this possible”.

Since 2002, over 50 clubs representing more than 500 teams in Cheshire have achieved FA Charter Standard Club, Adult Club or Development Club award with a further nine clubs – including Upton FC – reaching the Community Club standard.