WCFA Charter Standard Festival

Sunday 3 September saw Westmorland County FA host its second Charter Standard Festival supported by McDonalds.

The Festival saw over 400 participants from ages under 7 through to under 11 including boys and girls playing friendly football, and they were supported by over 300 spectators and volunteers at Queen Katherine School, Kendal.

The festival arranged by Westmorland County FA was a massive success and gave teams the opportunity to get back into the football season and also gave teams moving to new age groups the chance  to practice the new rules and new formats. All matches were refereed by qualified referees. As The FA’s longest standing partner, McDonald’s is committed to supporting the FA’s wider vision to boost participation in the national game. There are now over 60,000 mini soccer and youth football teams - 85% of which have attained Charter Standard status (100% in Westmorland) which means nearly one million under 16s now have access to a qualified coach through their clubs

Although there was no charge for entering the festival a small donation was collected for car parking that raised money for the North West Air Ambulance and a defibrillator for the County FA HQ. The North West Air Ambulance Charity takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible and working collaboratively with our partners to ensure they are transferred to the best medical/trauma centre for treatment thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury. Just as many critically injured patients would not survive without the service, your North West Air Ambulance Charity would not be here without you. The service is funded by the generosity of the public through donations, fundraising activity, lottery membership and through our network of retail outlets, who provide vital charitable funding to keep our service flying. Westmorland County FA are delighted to announce we raised £320 towards these two excellent causes.

Pictures were taken throughout the event, please click on the link below to have a look through the photos.

The Festival would not of been possible without the support of volunteers from Young Leaders and referees, all who gave up their time to help set up and close the festival as well as the coaches who gave up their time to ensure football was played in the right atmosphere.

Peter Ducksbury, Chief Executive at Westmorland County FA said “The Charter Standard Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind the Association has ever organised, the fact that it went so well and was enjoyed by so many is a testament to the volunteers and staff. We were also delighted to raise money for two excellent causes The North West Air Ambulance Charity who provide such a fantastic service, and has been used on many occasions on football pitches in Westmorland.”

Below is some of the feedback we have received from the festival:-

Thanks for yesterday - was a good day - Tim Audin, Ibis JFC

Thanks for yesterday really good festival everyone had a great day - Colin Fox, Wattsfield YFC

Thanks for today, the kids had a great time – Steve Irwin, Heathwaite YFC

Many thanks to all involved today - our boys thoroughly enjoyed it 😊.  Also a big thumbs up to the ref on Pitch 4, who was excellent. – Peter Whitehead, Heathwaite YFC

Westmorland County FA would like to thanks Queen Katherine School, The FA, McDonalds, Discount Sports, Young Leaders, volunteers and the coaches for their hard work putting the festival together.

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