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Manuden Junior Football Club achieves FA Charter Standard

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Manuden Junior Football Club is celebrating achieving the FA Charter Standard a year ahead of schedule.

Tim Mather took over as chairman two years ago and has seen the club almost double in size in that time, with 98 junior members aged nine to 16 and 41 minis (under-eights) now enjoying their football there.

They expect to have 10 or 11 teams in action next season, with their excellent facilities at Manuden Village Community Centre being a real draw.

Being awarded FA Charter Standard status means Manuden have been recognised for their long-term vision to provide the best-quality product they can for boys and girls in the area.

The standard tells players and parents that the club is making their football environment safe, fun and inclusive by raising standards and awareness and taking action.

"I'm immensely proud that we have achieved charter status a year ahead of our plan to do so," said Mather, who is also an under-13B coach.

Manuden Junior Football Club chairman Tim Mather, left, and head coach Ross Kitteridge
Manuden Junior Football Club chairman Tim Mather, left, and head coach Ross Kitteridge

"The charter status requires that the club has all the correct policies and procedures in place, that our finances are in good shape and that our coaches have attained the relevant coaching qualifications.

"Since I started at Manuden as a coach I've seen the club grow from three teams to 10-plus next year and with plenty banging on the door to join us."

UEFA B licence coach Ross Kitteridge, who also runs classes and events for primary schools in the Bishop's Stortford area with his business Kitteridge All Sports, heads up the 15-strong coaching team who offer fun, educational and challenging sessions.

The club enjoyed some great successes on the pitch before the pandemic struck, with the majority of their teams finishing high up in their respective leagues.

"With a UEFA B-level as head coach, the coaches have someone they can learn from too and Ross is a massive asset for us as a club," said Mather.

"Obviously Covid has cut short the enjoyment, but we're looking forward to welcoming our players back and we're already planning for next season.

"At heart we will always be a community-based club who just want children – boys and girls – to come and enjoy playing football."

Go to https://manudenjfc.com to find out more about the club.

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