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Setting the standard

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

CONTINUING to shine in Suffolk, for the past two years flourishing football sides in Lowestoft have tasted success regionally.

Following on from the achievements of Waveney Youth in 2007, Kirkley and Pakefield FC have now been honoured with the Regional Charter Standard award.

CONTINUING to shine in Suffolk, for the past two years flourishing football sides in Lowestoft have tasted success regionally.

Following on from the achievements of Waveney Youth in 2007, Kirkley and Pakefield FC have now been honoured with the Regional Charter Standard award.

And prior to K&P first team's home game against Wivenhoe on Saturday the club received the FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year for the Eastern Region.

With 43 teams, ranging from sides that compete in the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth league from U9 to U16, girls teams, a ladies side, three veterans teams, an U18 youth side, and four senior sides that play in the Ridgeons League, Anglian Combination and Lowestoft and District League on Saturday's, Walmer Road is home to a hive of activity.

And on Saturday, Suffolk FA representatives presented the award to the chairman Charles Samkin and club presidents Bob Jenkerson and John Pitts, with Waveney MP Bob Blizzard the special guest for the day.

Also present in the picture, were a couple of the club's youth teams (the U11 girls and U10C boys team) who were represented alongside the K&P first team.

“This award is something that everyone who has any involvement with the club has contributed towards and you should all be very proud,” a K&P spokesman told The Journal this week.

Equally proud if the achievements, Dave Woodruff, the club's commercial manager said: “We were so proud of this award for all the hard work in schools, with the disabled and of course with our 32 youth sides at the club.

“The award covers over 600 clubs from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Rutland!”

Prior to the first team's victory over Wivenhoe, a pre-match meal for fans, sponsors and invited guests was hailed as “a great success.”

Guests included the Mr Blizzard, match day sponsors from Cyril Sweett in Norwich, and main sponsors Halliburton.

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