Each year The Northants FA hold their annual awards and this year Brixworth Juniors were nominated for Charter Standard Club of the Year.
There are currently over 1300 affiliated clubs which make up the membership of Northamptonshire County FA but thanks to information they received, the FA were impressed enough to send out a film crew of volunteers from Tresham College to speak to the club. They interviewed some of the committee members and also filmed a training evening where one of the younger girls was asked a few questions and she even showed off a few tricks for the camera!
As a club Brixworth have really promoted girls football in the past two years and it is something that club secretary Simon Compton believes is one of the main reasons that the club received the awarded.
Simon said: “It’s terrific that the club and its coaches should be rewarded for the hard work and effort that they all put in.”
“Thanks to the committee and the coaches over the season for their hard work and commitment. They give up their spare time and promote excellent learning and good sportsmanship values within the club, allowing players to play and show off their skills in a friendly and easy going environment.”
Some of the things the FA looked at to make their decision:
- Brixworth are a grassroots club with a philosophy of inclusion for all.
- As a club, Brixworth try to inspire the children to learn and play football but also to give them life skills along the way.
- The Club has a policy of Respect and looks to ensure that they monitor their behaviour towards referees, coaches and the children at all times!
- Coaches are fully trained with all coaches and parent-helpers qualified in safeguarding matters. It is expected that all helpers have a DBS check and are encouraged to take the safeguarding certification. Some coaches also continue on to take further youth modules and level 2 qualifications.
- Half of all coaches are also FA Licensed and actively seek out further CPD (Continuous Professional Development) events
- Brixworth have two pitches (St. Davids & The Ashway).
- There are currently 17 boys teams and over the last 2 years The Club has re-introduced girls football to the village.
- There is an under 12s girls teams and a weekly girls session for u10s and below.
- The Club is really proud of the numbers of teams registered, and great to see girls football being encouraged and actively participated in, there are around 210 boys and around 25 girls.
The club would also like to thank all the parents who kindly took the time and effort to nominate specific coaches or the club in general for its high values.
Good luck to all age groups for the season ahead!