Shinfield RANGERS FC receives FA Community Club Award

A small sample of the many children we hope will benefit from our Charter Standard Community status

Shinfield Rangers FC has achieved the Football Association’s highest accolade in grassroots football by being awarded Charter Standard Community Club status. Shinfield Rangers FC Chairman, James Roth, said:

“This award recognises the outstanding achievements of the volunteer managers, coaches and assistants who run our squads. It will help us to expand the work we do to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for boys and girls and enable them to develop their confidence, improve and maintain fitness and enjoy playing football.  This award also enables us to broaden our work within schools and the wider community.”

The Community Club status is the pinnacle of the FA Charter Standard pyramid with only a few clubs holding the award nationally.  It’s a kite mark that reflects on high standards combined with excellent organisation and planning.

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Raymond Barclay receiving the award from the Mayor on behalf of the Club, with Ray Neenan who represented the Junior Teams

On 1 April, the Charter Standard Community Club award was presented to Shinfield Rangers Football Club  on their Home ground at Millworth Lane by UllaKarin Clark, the Mayor of Wokingham. Other guests included Angus Ross and colleagues, Wokingham Borough Council; Chris Gunter, Reading FC; Ian Clarke, Shinfield Parish Council. Following the presentation our Under 12s played  an entertaining league match against Darby Green & Potley Dynamos whilst some of our younger teams had training sessions.

Photographs of the event can be viewed and downloaded here:

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Our favourite 5-a-side team 🙂

As a direct result of receiving the Award, Shinfield Rangers have been selected as one of the top 100 clubs in the country to become a Nike Partner Club which includes a number of benefits such as a weekend event at St George’s Park National Football Centre that provided a Business Planning workshop run by PWC, a guided tour of St George’s Park, plus Coach training for key figures of Shinfield Rangers FC  from England International legends Terry Butcher and Graeme Le Saux:

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We want to give a big thank you to Lisa Welling  of the Berks and Bucks FA for the prompt action, hard work and help she gave us in preparing for our application.