FA Charter Standard Community Club

Thirsk Falcons FC Awarded FA Charter Standard Community Status

Following the announcement that Thirsk Falcons Juniors had achieved North Riding FA’s Charter Standard Club of the Year 2015 award in addition to becoming the first English club to partner with Celtic FC on their international programme, the club has now reached the FA Charter Standard Community Club status – the highest achievement in grassroots football.

Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme supported by McDonald’s is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to ‘raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.’

The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs deemed to be ‘well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme’. 
Working closely with North Riding FA, Thirsk Falcons Juniors has now been awarded FA Charter Standard Community Status which acknowledges the most advanced level of club development and football provision.
Steph Turnbull| Football Development Officer for North Riding FA said…… “The North Riding FA are pleased to award Thirsk Falcons Juniors with Charter Standard Community Status. NRCFA have recognised the excellent progress Thirsk Falcons are making to develop junior football in their area, they have surpassed the standards needed for charter standard and are continuing to develop further and further. This is a huge achievement for the club and one NRCFA are thrilled to award.”

Wayne Sowden, chairman of Thirsk Falcons FC, said….. “We’ve worked extremely hard to develop the club and achieve our goals over this last few years.  Our club secretary Geoff Nash has put in many hours to ensure the club meets the level required to achieve community status.   With a new and robust committee combined with the development of close working relationships with our partners North Riding FA, Sowerby Gateway, Hambleton DC, Thirsk Falcons Seniors and our many sponsors, we are now in an excellent position to further enhance our club’s ever-growing profile and continue to develop young footballers to be the very best they can be, at whatever level of football they are at.”

Young players can start to get involved with Thirsk Falcons from as young as 3 years old following the club’s ‘fledglings’ partnership with North Yorkshire Soccer Academy.  Players can then progress to under-sevens teams all the way up to under 18s, before hopefully moving on to Thirsk Falcons Seniors.  

Following the ‘Club of the Year’ award earlier in the year Steven Wade County Development Manager for North Riding FA said….. “We are fortunate to have so many fantastic clubs and volunteers who help us strive towards providing better and more footballing opportunities for young players. We know how much work goes into football on a weekly basis and The FA Community Awards supported by McDonald’s allow us to say thank you to those who dedicate so much time to the game across North Riding. We wish them all the best for the next stage of the awards and hopefully they can go all the way and pick up a national award later in the year.”