Witton Albion JFC

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Witton Albion JFC is an FA Charter Standard Community Club based in Northwich, Cheshire. We run teams from U7s to U18s who play in the Mid Cheshire Youth Football league. We also have Girls'... More

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Witton Juniors Win Safeguarding & Welfare Award

(Paul Threlkeld 26/09/2017)
Witton Albion Juniors are delighted for their Child Welfare Officer, Paul Threlkeld, to receive the Cheshire FA Safeguarding and Welfare Award. Paul collected the award at the Cheshire FA Awards evening held at Stockport County on 8th September. The event was organised by Cheshire FA and their charity partner, Once Upon a Smile, to celebrate the commitment and dedication of volunteers in the grassroots game across the county.

After receiving the award, Paul commented, “It is great to be recognised in this way. There have been many challenges along the way and the club committee and coaches have been very supportive.”

The award was presented by Cheshire FA’s Stuart Manifould and Georgia Kenyon. Stuart told the audience of grassroots volunteers that they were looking for someone who was putting welfare at the top of the priority list and reached out to the local community to ensure this. Paul Threlkeld had been identified for his work in bringing together the welfare officers of clubs in the Mid-Cheshire District Youth League to develop better working relationships and share good practice. Paul commented,

“This reflects the commitment across the club and the league to want to make youth football better for all of our players. The support from CWO’s across the clubs in the Mid-Cheshire Youth League has been fantastic as we try and provide our young players with the best environment to develop and to enjoy the game.”

When introducing the item, ITV Sport’s Matt Smith referred to the challenges facing the sport in the wake of an investigation into historic cases of child abuse in football. Every football club with players under the age of 18 must have a Child Welfare Officer to ensure appropriate safeguards and support is in place and Paul believes that further developments are required.

“The work done by the FA means the game is safer than ever though it has to remain the priority of everyone involved to maintain high standards for our players. This includes the environments in which they can develop both as footballers and as people. Certain behaviours that would not be tolerated anywhere in else in society seem to be accepted ‘because it’s football’. This is an outdated view and if we really want to effect change we must stand up for what we believe.”