The club have been selected to win the award after positive feedback from unannounced monitoring visits, effective administration and correspondence with the FA, as well as a successful annual Charter Standard Health Check.
Ryde Saints FC has grown significantly as a club since its formation in 1995. A youth section was added to the Senior set-up in 2013 and the club now boasts numerous youth sides, which integrate into the adult setup from age 14 onwards, as well as a thriving girls football programme. In total the club have had over 200 players representing them during the past season led by a network of FA licenced, CRC vetted coaches.
For the new season the club are planning to enter teams into the Mid Solent Youth Football and Hampshire Youth Leagues to further support development of the best and most committed young players.
In recent seasons the club have had some significant achievements with the Senior First team having reached the Hampshire Cup Final twice, winning the competition in 2016 with a 4-1 victory over TwentyTen FC. In addition, the Reserves won Combination Two in 2016. The club’s Youth section have also tasted success with the Under 14s winning the Hampshire FA Futsal Final earlier this month.
Andy Brown, Club Director and First Team Manager said:
“I am very proud of what the club has achieved. It would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of many people both on and off the pitch at all age groups.
“It is a fantastic achievement for the club to win this award. It recognises our hard work, our major contribution to the community and ultimately the development of football in both Ryde and the Isle of Wight in general.”
The highly prestigious award will be presented to the club’s officials by an ex-Southampton professional player, as part of the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards on Saturday 3rd June at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.
As with all Grassroots Football Clubs, Ryde Saints are always on the lookout for funding and sponsorship to support the club’s volunteers as they continue to offer high standard coaching and development to anyone that wants it. If any individual or business feels they would be able to aid and support the club with this, contact Des Murphy on 01983 615243 or Andy Brown on 07734580243.