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Award winning community football scheme achieves charitable status

David Holmes - 28th May 2019

Award winning community football scheme achieves charitable status Woking Football Club is delighted to announce that the Cardinals in the Community initiative has been successful in its application to become an independent charity. Cardinals was originally launched in 2004 as Woking Football in the Community to consolidate the growing interaction between the Club and local community - particularly in the areas of education, health and fun based sport. The expansion has been dramatic with a vast menu now offered, including After School Sports Clubs, Walking Football, Special Needs and Wellbeing Tournaments, mobility work with Dementia sufferers, ladies and girls football and Junior Citizens.

The scheme has been repeatedly recognised nationally with Woking FC being awarded the Conference South Community Club of the Year, twice the Conference Premier Community Club of the Year, Non League Community Club of the Year and also providing the Best Community Programmes for Disability and Schools - all in the last 8 years. The Cardinals in the Community will continue to work closely with Woking Football Club in all aspects of its operations.

Rosemary Johnson, Chairman of Woking FC commented ‘ It has been a privilege for our community club to be a catalyst for ‘Cardinals in the Community’. The club, and indeed the town, should be very proud of Jane Spong, Chris Sexton and the Cardinals team who have achieved so much in recent years. Whilst we recognise the independence of the new charity the Football Club remains deeply committed to seeing Cardinals in the Community go from strength to strength and serving everyone within the town and beyond.’

Mike Deavin, the Chairman of Cardinals in the Community comments “It has been a long journey to get to this point but I am delighted that we will now have all the advantages of working as an independent charity. We have a great team and we will continue working closely with WFC who have been hugely supportive of this venture, Cardinals in the Community has an exciting future and the community in and around the Borough of Woking will feel the benefit.”

In addition to its ongoing community activities Cardinals will be managing the planned new 3g sports facility at Woking College, which includes a full size football pitch, with changing room, offices and other community facilities. This will be run in partnership with Woking College and Woking Borough Council

For more details contact: Mike Deavin – m.deavin@btinternet.com
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