Ickenham Youth Football Club Are Named Charter Standard Club Of The Month For January
The club started just 14 years ago in 2006, when previous Chairman Derrick McCorkell, his wife & a few parents put their heads together and created an opportunity to allow their children to play regular football in a fun, safe environment.
The word of the new club quickly spread around Ickenham and the surrounding areas. Before long the club had grown to where we are today, with at least three teams at each age group. The club now offer football to local children from U5’s all the way up to U17’s and have recently struck up a partnership arrangement with Ickenham FC offering U18’s football and a route into the adult game.
The club started as just one team 14 years ago and has grown to provide approximately 500 children the chance to play football, with over 90 volunteers combining to create just under 40 teams, for boys, girls and also SEN football (through Pentland Field school).
The club are currently working to improve the standard of coaching across their coaches, ensuring they provide them with the support they need through both the FA Coach Mentor Programme and their own in-house mentoring scheme. The club and its committee of volunteers have committed to secure the and enhance the previous success and growth. This includes their 5 year plan which aims to further develop their girls section, increasing it’s offering to their community, building a clubhouse for their home grounds, and ensuring the club has a consistent philosophy and DNA that is fully embedded at all age groups, no matter whether it is a male, female or SEN team.
On being named Charter Standard Club of the Month, Club Secretary, Zoe Robinson, said: “Being a Charter Standard Community Club is very important to us. It allows us to demonstrate the highest standard of compliance and opens the door for opportunities to develop the club further. It pushes us to engage with the footballing authorities and that drives discussions around future initiatives. Part of our 5 year plan developed from discussions with Middlesex FA, bought about our youth council which is in its first year and [this] is already proving to be a great success. This month representatives from the Youth Council will present a short piece on their wishes for the future development of the club.”