FA chief visits Whaley Bridge Club – one in 500

Whaley Bridge Football Club has achieved unique recognition from the Football Association, with a visit from national chairman David Bernstein.  The visit celebrated  Whaley Bridge becoming the 500th FA Charter Standard community club.

Steve Rampley, chair of the Whaley club, welcomed Mr Bernstein (a former Manchester City chairman) and other figures from the Derbyshire Football Association.

The Charter Standard programme recognises  the quality of local clubs , which are well run, with good child protection, coaching and safety .Whaley Bridge runs 13 teams –  the two successful men’s outfits and ten for boys’ and one for girls’. 

Mr Bernstein told the club:  “You are demonstrating that you are a well-organised, safe club, offering opportunities for all.  As an FA that is what we are here to encourage, particularly at the grassroots level.”

During the visit, Dawn Heron, chief executive of Derbyshire County Football Association met some of the Whaley Bridge under-13 girls’ team.  Dawn is a cricket and netball player – but not football, because it wasn’t played at her school when she was younger.  She had a word of sympathy for 12 year old  Antonia White, who broke a leg during a game in March.

• David Bernstein, left, with Whaley chair Steve RampleyDavid Bernstein, in light blue jacket, celebrates with junior players

Dawn Heron meets some of the girls' teamDawn Heron with Antonia White