Molten East Kent Youth League celebrates

The Molten East Kent Youth League is celebrating after becoming the first league in Kent to achieve the prestigious FA Charter Standard League award.

The FA Charter Standard League award is a flagship initiative for The FA, and assesses the ability of a League to provide a high quality, safe and enjoyable football experience against a standard set of criteria. It also encourages the League to continually develop, through ongoing support from staff at the Kent FA and the review and ongoing development of a League Development Plan, as part of an annual health check process.

This award is even more of an achievement as the league is one of the biggest youth leagues in the county. It caters for 386 teams and for over 6,000 players.

League Secretary, Keith Vaughan, said: "This achievement is one the entire League can be proud of. There are numerous coaches and volunteers who give freely of their time week in-week out and they should take real pride from this accolade."

As part of the criteria to attain the League award, Clubs have also had to become Charter Standard Clubs and therefore undertake some key areas of improvement in their operating standards. Each Club must now have in place amongst other things, a Club Welfare Officer, a Child Protection Policy, all volunteers to have CRB checks, managers/coaches to have appropriate coaching, Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid qualifications.

Stephanie Gadd, Football Development Officer at the Kent FA said: “I am delighted that the Molten East Kent Youth League has achieved this award. It is a fantastic achievement. The league committee and its member clubs should all be congratulated for their part in gaining the award as it has taken ten months to put together the application and ensure all the criteria were met. I look forward to working with the league in future seasons."

Paul Dolan, County Development Manager at the Kent FA praised the league by saying, “I would like to congratulate the Molten East Kent Youth League and member clubs in gaining the prestigious FA Charter Standard League award.

"This award clearly demonstrates how the league is positively assisting the Kent FA to deliver the Kent Football Strategy (2008-2012) and build a brighter future for football in Kent.

"Football remains the most popular sport in Kent and the role of local leagues cannot be underestimated in establishing safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour, gender and disability. Indeed, the contribution that grassroots football can make to building stronger and safer communities, improving health, reducing crime and tackling obesity is clear.”

Information above taken from www.thefa.com - 16 October 2009