FA Community status for Rozel

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They join Jersey Wanderers as one of only 125 clubs, among the 40,000 affiliated to the FA, to have achieved this recognition.

The FA’s Community Club initiative is aimed at developing the structure and quality of clubs and building on the foundations of the FA Charter Standard Clubs scheme.Rozel Rovers’ president Charlic Ahier said: ‘We are very proud to have been recognised by the FA for the standards we are achieving and the football opportunities that we provide.’The club has grown significantly from the early Occupation days at Cottage Farm through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers.

We now field ten teams from minis through to seniors with the complex at Le Couvent being used six days a week.

Training is held from Monday to Thursday nights with games taking place on most weekends.

The facilities are superb for both players and supporters and many families can be seen attending the matches.’Our application for FA Charter Standard Community Club status and the production of our Strategic Development Plan shows our commitment to the future development of Rozel Rovers in the years ahead.

Special mention must go to club coaches Gary Bellot and Tony Parkinson who have been instrumental in the planning which has led to our achievement’.FA Community Clubs are required to meet criteria ensuring they provide opportunities for players irrespective of age, gender, religion and ability.

Along with development plans, clubs must provide football for a minimum of ten teams ranging from youths through to adults with qualified coaches who have an awareness of child protection issues and first aid.JFA president Charlie Tostevin said: ‘The JFA has made a commitment to raising standards, encouraging more people to play, to develop their skills and to enjoy the game in the correct environment.’All those involved at Rozel Rovers should be immensely proud of their achievement and the fantastic service they are providing for football on the Island.’This award provides the club with a kitemark to promote their work in football development and to promote their provision of a safe and quality environment for all interested participants in the game.’JFA Football Development Officer Brian Oliver said: ‘Rozel Rovers are to be congratulated in achieving the pinnacle of the club development pathway through the hard work of many volunteers.’Gaining this award has not been easy but has been achieved by a club who have continued to commit themselves to being at the heart of the local football community, not only for existing players, coaches, administrators and supporters but for future generations of participants also.’

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