FOOTBALL: ‘Fantastic achievement’ hailed as Saints get Charter Standard

Up to standard: Paul Hamnett, Football Development Officer for Lincolnshire FA, presents Carl Wilson, of Tydd St Mary, with the FA Charter Standard Award. Photo: Colin Smedley

Up to standard: Paul Hamnett, Football Development Officer for Lincolnshire FA, presents Carl Wilson, of Tydd St Mary, with the FA Charter Standard Award. Photo: Colin Smedley

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TYDD St Mary Football Club have officially been granted The FA Charter Standard Adult Club award by the Football Association.

Established in February 2001, the Charter Standard programme helps clubs to improve standards of coaching, administration, player development and child protection.

The award is presented to those clubs who have raised their standards in these areas and lead the field in promoting best football practice, both on and off the pitch, in grass-roots football.

Tydd’s club secretary Carl Wilson said: “This is a fantastic achievement that brings us into line with the standards set by the Football Association some years ago – and ensures best practice across our entire membership.

“I have always been very proud of the standards that we set as a club and achieving this award confirms that we really do offer the best possible environment for our players to develop and achieve.”

First team boss Mark Greenacre added: “It will be an exciting summer for the club and this news is the perfect start.

“We now have refurbished changing rooms with showers and have three newly qualified FA Level 1 coaches, with a programme of development that will position Tydd at the heart of our local community.”