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Club Development Officer, Ian Bent, is looking forward to 'one of the highlights of the Essex County FA calendar' as the annual FA Charter Standard Festival comes to Shrub End Community Sports Centre in Colchester, with two days of fun and games planned as a thank you to the County's leading youth clubs.
Boys and girls from Charter Clubs across Essex are being invited to the home of the Colchester United Community Sports Trust in Boadicea Way on the weekend of 6th and 7th June to take part in various 'skills stations' as well as training sessions led by a team of qualified coaches from the Essex County Football Association, the FA Tesco Skills Team and Football in the Community coaches. This year's Festival will benefit from the introduction of a second day for the very first time and Bent believes this is a tribute to the growing number of forward thinking clubs in the region.
"We are hoping the introduction of a second day will result in this being the most popular Festival to date," Bent predicted. "This has also enabled us to offer a 'girls only' day this year which shows the growth in the girls game and the high number of female teams gaining the Charter Standard award. The success of the event will largely depend on the number of participants, so we are hoping our Charter Standard clubs take advantage of this excellent opportunity for a great football day out."
The ECFA event is open to clubs with teams who are currently in the Under-10s or 11s age group. Clubs are being asked to assemble a maximum of two squads of around ten to twelve players who do not necessarily have to be playing league football, as clubs with children who are simply training are also welcome to attend. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Every participant will walk away with a goody bag as a memento of the day, similar to last year when over one hundred participants revelled in the summer sunshine. The FA Charter Standard Programme is a best practice guide which sets yardsticks of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League as a benchmark for quality to improve the playing experience for all.
"This event is a way of thanking all our Charter Standard Clubs for their hard work over the past year," Ian continued. "This will be my first experience of the Festival but I am really looking forward to the weekend and firmly believe it is one of the highlights of the ECFA calendar. The event is free of charge as a thank you to our clubs for the high levels of effort they put in each year in achieving and maintaining high standards within the grassroots game."
The event will take place at Shrub End Community & Sports Centre, Colchester United Community Sports Trust, Boadicea Way, Colchester. The boys' day will be on Saturday 6th June between 10am and 2pm and the girls' day on Sunday 7th June, also between 10am and 2pm. Booking Forms can be downloaded at www.essexfa.com or can be requested from Ian Bent on (01245) 393094. Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, with forms to be received no later than Friday 29th May.
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