To be a FA Community Charter Club one of the criteria that needs to be met is to have a qualified coach for every team within the club. Horsham Sparrows FC is currently the only FA Community Charter Club in Horsham; but others are working towards achieving the status.
Recently Horsham Sparrows achieved another first when they were the first local club to hold an in-house Level 1 coaching course. The course was run by FA coach Roger Crouch and enabled 16 candidates made up of a cross section of players, coaches and volunteers to attend over 2 weekends at Southwater Leisure Centre. Topics included drills and warm up techniques, child safety and emergency aid and the course is designed to provide the candidates with all the skills needed to run a football team.
The club were able to hold the course due to the generous help of sponsors and sporting bodies. Keysource, a local IT company that have previously supported the club, funded 5 candidates as did Active Sussex, a local initiative that promotes girls and women to get into sports coaching.
Sparrows Club Secretary Simon King said “We are entirely volunteer-run and non-profit making so we rely heavily on goodwill and sponsorship to pursue initiatives of this sort that benefit the club and the local community”.
The course was also backed by Sussex County FA who have already helped the Horsham Sparrows by providing a coaching Mentor who works closely with managers and coaches at the club.
Simon King added “The real credit must go to the candidates themselves. As with all other local clubs, having volunteers who are prepared to give up their time for free are a valued asset and the commitment they show ensures football can be provided for anyone who wants to play.”