UPTON FC have received the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club Award for grassroots football from the Cheshire County FA.
The award, established six years ago, helps clubs improve standards of coaching, administration, player development and child protection.
It is the pinnacle of the FA Charter Standard programme and is presented to clubs like Upton FC, who have raised their standards in these areas and lead the field in promoting best football practice both on and off the pitch.
The club was presented with their award at the recent Tranmere Rovers home game against Nottingham Forest by members of Cheshire FA.
Upton have teams that compete in the Wallasey Junior Football League and Mini Soccer League and operate their own mini-soccer training school on Saturday mornings, teaching football skills to boys and girls of all abilities from aged six-upwards.
Cliff Elliott, chairman of Upton FC, said, “This award is the culmination of a lot of hard work, both on and off the pitch, since the club was formed in April 1994.
“Thanks go to all the players, managers and parents, who have helped the fastest growing football club in Wirral achieve the high standards set out by the FA. Particular thanks go to Ann Hesketh, whose tireless efforts have been the main driving force behind the club’s new ‘go forward’ attitude. The club now needs to move to the next level and together we can look forward to a bright future.”