ST ALBANS City Youth picked up two awards at the Hertfordshire FA’s annual ceremony. Held at Sopwell House with special guests ex-footballer Gaizka Mendieta and Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, SACY won Community Club of the Year and Anthony Gosling scooped Young Volunteerof the Year. Gosling recently obtained his level 1 coaching badge and his refereeing badge. On top of this he has completed over 100 hours of coaching through helping at halfterm camps, volunteering at the county FA futsal finals and the county FA school games. Consequently he became his school’s sport ambassador and organises and runs events for others.
A spokesman for SACY said of the club award: “It is recognition of all the hard work put in by the club’s volunteers over many years and the club would like to thank the Herts FA for their support with a number of projects.”
Mendieta and Balague both took part in question and answer sessions about their lives in football and each presented three awards. Balague said: “It is a privilege to attend these awards and hear about those who dedicate their lives to football. When you hear some of the stories and the amount of time that is put into grass roots football by so many different people, it’s really inspiring. “I congratulate all the winners.” Hertfordshire FA Chief Executive Nick Perchard added: Congratulations to the winners and all those who were nominated. “The people nominated for our awards are the life-blood of the game in Hertfordshire. They give up so much of their time to get people of all ages playing football, and we thank them for everything they do.”
FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald's, was launched in February 2001 and is a core component of The FA Football Development programme. The project is aimed at all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League, helping players, children and parents to find a club in their local area that meets FA standards.
Charter Standard is recognized as a kite mark within Grassroots Football and is regarded as a statement of quality. The FA have set down criteria which needs to be met by clubs in order for them to be recognized as an FA Charter Standard Club.