Top marks for Welsh and Scottish CW teams

Club Website teams in Wales and Scotland are celebrating this month after winning awards from their respective governing bodies.

Six clubs whose website is powered by Club Website achieved silver accreditation from the Welsh Football Trust (WFT), while eight were awarded a Quality Mark by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

Both awards recognise clubs raising standards within junior football.

In Wales, congratulations go to Bridgend's Bryntirion JFC, Swansea's Mumbles Rangers and Garden Village FC, Newport side Villa Dino Christchurch JFC, Pembrokeshire's Tenby AFC and Thornhill Athletic of Cardiff.

They were among 22 clubs this month awarded the WFT's silver accreditation, the third level of a four tier accreditation scheme that forms part of the Welsh Football Trust’s programme to increase participation and deliver a quality assured football programme.

To achieve silver status, clubs must provide a minimum of two coaches per team - one of which must hold a Football Association of Wales (FAW) 'C' Certificate - while each coach must work with no more than 16 players. Clubs must also establish a formal recruitment process and provide correct equipment for each age group.

Sponsored by McDonald’s, Community Partner of the FAW and the WFT, the accreditation scheme was launched at the start of the 2007/08 season to ensure standards of excellence within the grassroots football community.

Legendary Welsh striker and now McDonald’s Director of Welsh Football, Ian Rush, said: “To be awarded silver accreditation is a superb achievement.

"All the clubs have done exceptionally well to earn the accolade, which is testament to the hard work of a huge number of volunteers across Wales who ensure our young players learn and play grassroots football in the best possible environment.”

In Scotland, five Club Website clubs - Duns FC, Cockenzie Star FC, Edinburgh South FC, Pencaitland YFC and Salvesen Community FC - were among 14 awarded the SFA's Quality Mark Standard Award, while two achieved the Development Award and one received the prestigious Community Award.

The Quality Mark scheme, run in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to raise standards and increase participation in grassroots football.

The Standard Award recognises clubs that demonstrate a robust and sustainable club structure alongside good operating standards in areas including player & coach development, management, administration and welfare.

Having already achieved the Standard Award, Edinburgh United and East Lothian side Musselburgh Youngstars progressed to collect the Development Award by demonstrating a commitment to the development of players through at least four age groups, while West Lothian's Linlithgow Rose received the Community Award - the highest level awarded to clubs in Scotland.

This prestigious award is bestowed only upon clubs with eight teams or more - representing children, youths, adults and girls/women - that can demonstrate the highest standards of coaching and development, while developing a sense of community belonging.

So well done to Linlithgow Rose Community FC for this excellent achievement and, from all the team here at Club Website, congratulations to all of our award-winning clubs in Wales and Scotland.

Keep up the good work!

To find out more about the WFT's accreditation scheme, visit the WFT website.

To find out more about the SFA's Quality Mark, visit the SFA website.

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