Bromsgrove's Meadow Park celebrates FA award

By Beth Sharp Friday 21 March 2014 Updated: 25/03 12:58

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STAFF and players at Meadow Park Football Club have been celebrating after becoming Bromsgrove’s first FA Charter Standard Community Club.

The teams and their coaches say they are delighted and proud their hard work has finally paid off as they have now been awarded the highest status in football by the FA.

The prestigious award recognises organisations which are ran well, sustainable, and ensure child protection, safety and quality coaching are at the centre of their clubs.

To celebrate the award, Meadow Park FC held a special training session which was attended by Nichola Trigg, the Worcestershire FA’s CEO.

The volunteer-led not-for-profit club, which has 13 teams, caters for more than 250 children each week and considers itself a charity as it completely relies on fund-raising campaigns and donations.

To get where it is, the club has overcome enormous financial hardship in the last few years thanks to the hard work and support of the entire Bromsgrove community.

The whole club was almost completely derailed when, whilst fund-raising to collect hundreds of thousands of pounds to redevelop its site and secure its future, it was discovered the organisation’s tax status did not, unlike most charities, exempt it from VAT.

Among the club’s aims are to help solve community issues, including improving discipline and tackling anti-social behaviour by encouraging young people to channel their energy into sport and live a healthier lifestyle.

And in return the club is being supported by the Bromsgrove community. James Giles and Sons Ltd is Meadow Park’s newest recruit - sponsoring the girls’ under 15s team and paying for them all to have a new kit.

Paul Hutchins, the club’s chairman, said the players’ attitudes reflected those of their coaches who were very dedicated to training the teams and encouraging good behaviour and respect.

“Our priority as a club is to create an enjoyable environment where kids can excel and fully fulfil their dreams.”

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Buy photos» Meadow Park Football Club’s chairman and coach Paul Hutchins and Nichola Trigg, Worcestershire FA’s CEO, pleased to hold the prestigious award plaque in their hands. Picture by Beth Sharp.

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