Barry Athletic FC and Barry Town United have been announced as two of twenty three Platinum accredited clubs by the FAWTrust, whilst five other Vale teams have been accredited as Silver and Bronze clubs.
It comes as the FAW Trust says “Junior football clubs, across Wales, have worked tirelessly in 2020 to improve standards and ensure our children have the best possible place to play and thrive.”
The FAW Trust Club Accreditation Programme showcases how standards, both on the field and off the field, have risen in every corner of the country and how the hard-work of our clubs has paid-off.
In the face of the toughest year imaginable for grassroots football, Wales now has 23 platinum accredited clubs, a 64% year-on-year increase of clubs now at the highest level of accreditation.
Standards have risen across all levels and one in five clubs have jumped a level this year.
Eleven clubs were awarded gold accreditation status, 37 silver, 105 bronze and 284 standard.
The highest growth area in 2020 has been clubs moving from bronze to silver, in a trend that has continued from last year.
In the Vale of Glamorgan: Island Marine, AFC Rhoose and Dinas Powys have been recognised as Silver Clubs, whilst Cadoxton Imps and Inter Penarth have been recognised as Bronze Clubs.
These are the forward-thinking clubs who have made a commitment to support their loyal volunteers by appointing dedicated volunteer coordinators and improving coaching standard, while creating more opportunities for U12 – U16 players to play football.
FAW Trust Club Services Manager Danielle Warnes said: “The club accreditation programme is of vital importance because it encourages clubs, up and down Wales, to raise their standards and provide a better environment for children to play and develop a lasting love for the game.
“We would like to thank every club for their extra efforts this year, in extremely difficult circumstances and ensuring their football offer is improving and, more importantly, supporting children when they need football the most.
“I would also like to thank every club accreditation officer for their additional efforts in completing the accreditation application online for the first time this year. Its been fantastic to see the support in this change of process and more importantly has given us the opportunity to showcase the great work that has been done.”