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Culdrose football club becomes an FA community club

Published: 18 Sep 2013

Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Football Club has been awarded a prestigious Football Association award that recognises high standards in its coaching and safety.  

The Culdrose Football club has been awarded FA Charter Standard Community status. The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has over 6800 clubs with 653 advanced level Community Clubs across 300 leagues. 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.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

RNAS Culdrose FC becomes one of only 12 FA Charter Standard Community Clubs in Cornwall and is a unique achievement within the Royal Navy. 

The award was presented by Mr Nigel Hanniford of the Cornwall County Football Association at the Bill Pearce Sports Pavilions, RNAS Culdrose on Saturday 14 Sept to Mr Alan Odgers (Youth Secretary) and Chief Petty Officer Chris Fairey (Head Coach). 

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Plenty, Culdrose Youth FC Chairman & Senior Club Vice Chairman said:  “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work that began back in 2005 as a vision to link the Youth and Senior Club together to allow a natural pathway for players from the age of five into adult football. We now have 14 teams boasting over 200 Senior and Youth players providing a real tangible community link through football”.  


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