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Youth football: Buckley and Flintb Town United earn Welsh Football Trust Silver Accreditation

TWO youth football clubs in Flintshire have been honoured with one of the highest accolades in grassroots football, the Welsh Football Trust’s Silver Accreditation.

Buckley Town and Flint Town United JFC were awarded silver status through the Club Accreditation Scheme, part of the Welsh Football Trust’s programme to improve opportunities for young people to get involved in football.

Sponsored by McDonald’s, the scheme demands coaches take charge of only 16 players, all teams have two coaches with relevant qualifications and clubs provide adequate equipment for young players.

McDonald’s Director of Welsh Football and one of Flint’s most famous sons, former Liverpool and Wales legend Ian Rush said: “To be awarded Silver Accreditation is a superb achievement. It is testament to the hard work of volunteers who ensure our young players learn and play football in the best possible environment.”

Gordon Borrows, chairman of Flint Town United JFC, said: “On behalf of everyone at Flint Town United I’d personally like to thank all of the coaches here who continue to volunteer their time to give young players the opportunity to learn and play a game that they love.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have received recognition and look forward to reaching the ultimate goal – Gold Accreditation in the coming years!”