We are so very proud to announce that for the second year running we have been awarded the Oxfordshire FA Charter Standard Development Club of the year. A big thank you to all of our volunteers who spend hundreds of hours every year in all weather conditions being there to allow young people of all abilities to enjoy the game of football, something which has always been at the very front of our values as a club.
Below you can read about three core achievements from the club this year..but before you read on it's worth stating this. A club like Chalgrove FC relies on volunteers to provide their free time to make things happen and allow all players, young & old, at Chalgrove FC to enjoy the game of football and the friendships that it creates. We are ALWAYS on the lookout for new volunteers, whether that's coaches to work with younger age groups, committee members, treasurers or just a helping hand. So, if you feel like you can spare some time to support the club please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we'd love to have you on board.
Our key achievements:
We've seen continued success from our link up between the youth & adult sections of the club this season with more players making the transition from U18/U16 through to adult football. For example, 50% of our adult squad (50 players) are 21 or under and 30% are under 20. We've also had 4-5 players from our U16s training with the adult teams since Jan/Feb to support their transition and this will happen again next year with the U15s.
We've incorporated a Walking Football team into the club and now have two members of the Walking Football team on our committee. They have between 12-20 men aged 50+ playing in the village twice a week and we've supported them with their formation, equipment and promotion.
We've successfully launched a girls football team following an expression of interest from a 10-year-old girl at Chalgrove Primary School. One of our coaches has supported this and it's now grown to a group of around 16 girls who train each Thursday and will now represent the club in a local Girls' league in the 2016-2017 season. Sarah Wood of the Oxon FA came to visit and see what was going which resulted in some fantastic press for the club locally and on Twitter.
Finally, we've spent many hours & meetings working with the OFA and our local Parish to get their support in acquiring both short & long term funding for pitch improvements. We realise that in order to support player development we need excellent facilities and we're making good headway with plans to acquire significant funding which will make a real difference to our pitches and to our players (both current and in the future).
So, all in all it's been another year which has seen a lot of focus on trying to develop & improve the club in a way which supports our values of allowing any child of any ability to enjoy & develop in a fun & supported environment.
Updated 15:51 - 25 Jun 2016 by Simon Godfrey