Hares net FA award

March Town FC have been awarded FA Charter Standard status as well as being recently granted a 30-year lease on their GER ground.

On this “important kitemark” the club stated: “The FA Charter Standard programme is a quality assurance programme, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, and place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

“In the last two seasons there has been significant work done off the pitch by our dedicated band of volunteers to help achieve this status. The long term aim has been to bring the Hares to the closer to the community and this award demonstrates that we are heading in the right direction.”

On Saturday, March 29 the Hares will host an open day at their home league game with Ipswich Wanderers. Entry will be free; gates open at 2pm.

Club officials will be on hand to present information on the clubhouse build, the vision for the Hares and discussing opportunities as to how people can get involved.

March chairman Phil White said: “The award is a fantastic thing for us. It proves we’ve got everything in place, that we’ve got the proper coaches who have all got their badges.

“Everything is in the right position to go forward. People are working under the radar, but they all do a great job. We’re getting kids involved at the open day and we’ll celebrate getting the lease.”

Manager Paul Blanchflower said: “It’s excellent for the club. We will also have new facilities, with a decent changing-room. Some say the big stand is an eyesore, but it’s a Victorian stand.”

The club added: “Next season we plan to grow our junior section with more teams, meaning greater opportunities for young players to get high quality coaching from qualified coaches (including) dedicated goalkeeping.”

Max Mattless, Jake Ogden, Aaron McKenna, Ryan Peacock and Max Flintoff have departed the club.