League rewarded for community efforts

WELL DONE: Peterborough League vice-chairman Keith Sharp (left) and development director Alan Mutton with former Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn.
WELL DONE: Peterborough League vice-chairman Keith Sharp (left) and development director Alan Mutton with former Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn.

Officials from the Peterborough & District League attended the FA Community Awards national ceremony, presented by McDonald’s at Wembley on Sunday, to 
collect the prestigious FA Charter Standard League of the Year Award.

The FA and McDonald’s Community Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise and celebrate volunteers, coaches, clubs and leagues across England whose hard work ensures the ongoing success grassroots football in local communities.

The Peterborough & District League achieved Charter Standard status in 2011 and since then has continued to grow and now offers football to over 100 teams from the local area including a veteran’s league.

The league has been championing the FA Charter Standard scheme and now boasts 99 per cent of clubs within their set-up have achieved this through their guidance. They are striving for more clubs to achieve Community and Development status.

In conjunction with Job Centre Placement Providers, they give opportunities for long-term unemployed and disabled workers to gain experience.

In January 2014, the league established a youth committee to support clubs with projects including two successful drop-in centres.

At the ceremony on Sunday, the Peterborough & District League collected their award from ex-Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn ahead of the FA Community Shield.

At the half-time break, the Peterborough & District League officials then joined World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst on the pitch in front of the capacity crowd.

Sir Geoff, McDonald’s director of football and part of the national judging panel, said: “The Peterborough & District League embodies the spirit of a 
grassroots football.

“The dedication and commitment they have shown is incredible and they are undoubtedly deserving of this recognition. Our national game relies upon people like the Peterborough & District League at a grassroots level. Without their commitment, young footballers couldn’t continue to develop or thrive.”