We’re incredibly proud to announce that Hythe & Dibden YFC have been awarded the Hampshire FA Grassroots Club of the Year 2023 award… again!
After receiving the same accolade in 2019 we weren’t sure how we would top such a high level of recognition from English football’s governing body. But to receive it twice in the space of four years is an incredible honour, for everyone involved at the club.
This award belongs to all of us. Players. Parents and spectators. Coaches. Helpers who run the line and referee, collect subs, man the kiosk, arrange socials and more. Your hard work and excellent conduct as well as belief and support in what the club is trying to do is fundamental to this success. And of course our incredible club committee, volunteers who put in a huge level of effort, consistently going above and beyond to keep the club operating at the highest possible standards.
A huge thanks also for our sponsors, MIMO Connect and Robertson ETOs. Their support makes a huge difference to the club’s ability to operate and provide excellent kits for the children and young people at the club.
It’s fantastic to hear that we were cited by Hampshire FA as being “incredibly inclusive“, as inclusivity is incredibly important to us. At Hythe & Dibden YFC it’s our mission to empower as many children and young people as possible with positive skills and values through football. Our club motto is ‘We All Can Play’. This comes from our belief that the benefits of football should be available to all.
Hampshire FA also informed us that one of the other reasons for the award was to do with the excellent learning experiences delivered by our volunteer coaches.
“The teaching and learning experience offered was of high quality, allowing all children the opportunity to shine and thrive in the environment and with a workforce that truly cares about its participants.”
This is particularly pleasing also, as many of our team of dedicated volunteer coaches put in so much effort behind the scenes attending education workshops and CPD events, researching practices, and working together and with the club mentors to develop their teaching skills and techniques.
We will not rest on this achievement, and are looking forward to pushing the club in the right direction for the coming 2023/24 season, with lots of exciting plans including coach mentoring, facilities improvements, and pathway. Watch this space.
The future is bright in green and white.