Kingswood United named East Riding FA Charter Standard Club of the Month for April
The East Riding FA Charter Standard Club of the Month Award recognises clubs in our county who are going above and beyond to create fun, safe and inclusive environment for people to play and enjoy football.
Formed back in 2019 Kingswood United have enjoyed rapid growth with the club now boasting over 20 teams. Incredibly the highest age group within the club is U13s with all the teams competing in either the East Riding Girls League or the Hull and District Youth Football League.
Although Kingswood United is still a relatively new club they have made huge strides in providing the largest housing development in the city with an opportunity for its young people to play football.
Club Chairman Shane Davey said; “Kingswood is a growing community with a number of young families in the area. At the time Kingswood United was set up there wasn't too much for children to do in relation to organised sports on Kingswood itself. The forming of the club has brought many children and families together. We like to be a part of the community, helping and supporting however we can with football and beyond.
The club recently became a Limited Company by Guarantee and are also in the process of creating a board of trustees. This demonstrates that the club is putting the correct measures in place to ensure the Kingswood United is a club that is here for the long term. The rapid growth they have enjoyed both on and off the field is hugely impressive and they have also been successful in engaging with a number of key stakeholders as demonstrated by their partnership with Beal’s Homes and the Paul Ingle Boxing Academy.
Kingswood United is at the centre of the local community and provides an excellent opportunity for people to play and enjoy football in a friendly and welcoming environment. They have helped reinvigorate Bude Park as a sporting venue and proudly welcome people from Kingswood, Bransholme and Sutton Park to the club. The fact the club now has a defibrillator is another example of the club going above and beyond to safeguard its members.
Club Chairman Shave Davey added; “Like all clubs, we couldn't do what we do without the people who give up their time for the club, from the coaches to members of the committee and beyond. They have really supported us and have been the key in the club growing so quickly.
All of our volunteers are from the local area and are passionate about the club and supporting our children. With regards to the wider community, again we have been so lucky with the response from them. It puts a huge smile on my face when I'm walking around the area seeing children with their training kits on. We have had such great support from families, businesses and beyond and we are so grateful for this.”
The club is also FA Charter Standard compliant and adheres to the latest FA Safeguarding requirements. Taking the first step in to adult affiliated football is another demonstration of the club creating a holistic offer for the local community with male and female football taking equal priority at Kingswood United.
When asked where the club might be in five years’ time Shane Davey said; “It has been incredible to see how quickly the club has grown in two years, starting with a soccer school of 40 children to having over 20 teams in that time. As time continues, we want Kingswood United to continue to grow and develop as a club, being there for as many children as we can who are interested in the sport.”
With this being a particularly testing time for all our grassroots football clubs Shane Davey said; “It is an absolute honour to be named East Riding FA Charter Standard Club of the Month. In such a tricky year, we have continued to work hard behind the scenes in developing the club whilst continuing to support our children where we could. Receiving this award is a big thank you to every member of the club who continue to help and support us.”
If your club has done something outstanding and deserves recognising, then please click here to make your nomination for the May East Riding FA Charter Standard Club of the Month Award