Youngsport: FC Highnam wins McDonald's Charter Standard Club of the Year
FC HIGHNAM Youth FC have been awarded the McDonald's Charter Standard Club of the Year by the Gloucestershire FA.
Several club representatives attended a gala reception to collect their award, held at Cheltenham Town FC's Whaddon Road ground.
The club have built up from humble beginnings and over the last ten years have grown from strength to strength.
The club boast boys sides from the development age of Under-Sevens through to Under-16s. All the current teams play their football in the local Gloucester Youth league or the Mid Glos league.
Over the years the club have had their fair share of success, getting to cup finals and having league success at various age groups.
This season brought a grant from Grow the Game, and the club set up a development centre for girls football.
There are currently girls teams at Under-Eights, Under-Tens and Under-14 age levels. They all compete in the Gloucestershire County Girls League.
This month has seen work starting on the construction of the long awaited club house. This will provide changing rooms and showers, store rooms, kitchen area and toilets for the teams based at the Oakridge Playing Fields.
FC Highnam are always looking to strengthen their squads, with new players welcome in all age groups.
Managers and coaches can be contacted via the club's new chairwoman Paula Sedgley by phone on 07793 129709 or by e-mail at pmsbug2002@yahoo. com
■ Under-Fives to Under-Eights train on Saturday mornings at the New Riverside Sports Complex under the guidance of West Bromwich Albion Foundation coach Russ Ralph.
■ Under-Nines train on Thursday nights at Hartpury College and play their seven-a-side games on Saturday mornings at Oakridge.
■ The Under-Tens team are currently looking for an enthusiastic team manager to run the side for next season. They also train on Thursday nights at Hartpury College and play their home games at Oakridge.
■ Both the seven-a-side and nine-a-side teams at Under-11s level are managed by Sanjai Desai. They train at Hartpury College on Thursday nights and play their home games at Oakridge.
■ The club welcome new manager Allan Harper to the helm of the Under-12s this season. They play their nine-a-side games at Oakridge and train with the others on a Thursday night at Hartpury College Complex.
■ James Porter and his Under-15s train at Newent and play their home games at Tibberton Village Hall.
■ The Under-16s train and play at Newent Community School.
■ The Under-10s to Under-14s girls train on Thursday nights at Hartpury College.
■ The Under-Eights girls train on Saturday mornings at Riverside Sports Complex. This season Under-Tens/ Under-12s girls will play all their league matches at Oakridge, with the older Under-14s girls playing their home fixtures at Tibberton Village Hall.