Wheathampstead Wanderers scoop Herts FA award

Wheathampstead Wanderers' Andy Ellis and Tracey Devine with Faye White, left, and Hertfordshire FA C

Wheathampstead Wanderers' Andy Ellis and Tracey Devine with Faye White, left, and Hertfordshire FA CEO Pete King, right. - Credit: Archant

Wheathampstead Wanderers was one of five grassroots champions to be recognised at the Hertfordshire Football Association’s annual awards in Letchworth last week.

The club picked up the Charter Standard Development Club of the Year award after creating a positive environment in which children can learn and love the game. A permanent sign at their grounds that reads – “Please remember: These are kids, this is a game, the coaches are volunteers, and the referees are only human.”

A joint project with the parish council has also delivered a new artificial pitch for the club to use, providing new opportunities for both girls and disability football in the local area.

Furthermore, the club held a Respect Weekend to Commemorate the World War I Centenary, raising over £200 for the Poppy Appeal.

Arsenal and England legend, Faye White MBE, was guest of honour on the evening, and presented the Hertfordshire FA Community Award winners with their prizes.

Currently commentating on the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the BBC and Sky, White spoke to the audience about her journey from grassroots to captaining England and Arsenal Ladies, whilst The FA Women’s Cup also made a last minute journey to The County Ground for the award winners to see.

Hosting the community awards was Peter King, CEO of the Hertfordshire FA, who was quick to comment on the inspiring commitment of the volunteers in the county.

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“We know how much work goes into football on a weekly basis and The FA Community Awards supported by McDonalds allow us the opportunity to say thank you to those grassroots heroes that dedicate so much time to the game across Hertfordshire,” he said.

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