Congratulations to Headstone Manor Ladies, Charter Standard Club of the Month for February!
Headstone Manor Ladies formed in 2007 by Dawn Allwood, when the youth team made the switch to women’s football, joining the Greater London Women’s League, where they still operate to this day.
The original home of the Ladies team was Headstone Manor Recreation Ground, however over the years the club have moved around, having called Broadfields Country Club and The Hive home. The ladies returned home to Headstone Manor Rec in 2014, a ground they still call home.
Over the past 12 years the club have provided football for more than 200 players of all abilities, but just as impressively the current squad still has several players from the team’s first season!
Since establishing themselves as an adult team back in 2007, the club has progressed and grown, at the end of the 2012/13 season they were promoted to the Greater London Women’s League, Division 2. This league position was consolidated, and the team still play in Division 2 North, this consolidation has turned to success. The team won their first silverware last year as they were triumphant in the Greater London Women’s Trophy with a 2-1 win over Comets.
The club are looking to build on this success as they currently sit 2nd in the league and remain in all 3 cup competitions as they head into the final weeks of the season.
The club were strong supporters of the recent Rainbow Laces campaign, actively promoting this through social media, fully engaging all platers and volunteers at the club. From the club as it was Headstone Girls to their current Ladies, the club ethos has always been about inclusion and fair play.
They very proudly saw their efforts rewarded in 2017/2018 by the Greater London Women's Football League. Achieving runners up out of 57 participating teams for fair play. This has spurred them on to continue and improve their conduct on and off the field to set a good and continuing example of fair play and sportsmanship.
On being Charter Standard, Dawn Allwood, Club Founder, said: “This means we can continuously demonstrate to our current and future players (and volunteers) that we fully adhere to and meet the standards set by The FA and the County FA. We operate with fully qualified volunteers who regularly update qualifications and undertake CPD to ensure that we run a friendly and safe environment for all.”
She also said on being named the Charter Standard Club of the Month: “The award is fantastic recognition for the small group of volunteers who contribute to the day to day running of the club on and off the pitch. It will highlight the work that has been put in as a club to continually maintain the Charter Standard status and the increased exposure will help us develop even further as club.”