Football club set to toast elevated status

A MIGHTY effort has paid huge dividends for Alstonville FC as the soccer club prepares to celebrate a country-first honour.

The Crawford Park club is hosting a special presentation after receiving Level 2 status as part of the Football Federation Australia National Club Accreditation Scheme.

Villa is believed to be the first club in the country to receive the title, which highlights the importance of grassroots community efforts.

Club president Paul Jarrett said the accolade underlined the dedicated efforts of players and personnel.

"The club makes up about 20% of the community here," he said. "It's a big part of life for people.

"I think there's a real commitment from everyone to make things better for players, club members and everyone involved.

"Everyone puts in a mighty effort and wants to do what is needed to make the club great."

The scheme involves clubs working up to four levels of accreditation.

It rewards the successful promotion of the round ball game and efforts in the wider community.

Villa should now reap important social and financial benefits, including greater player involvement, sponsorship and funding opportunities.

"Being accredited shows that you want to progress further in the game," Jarrett said.

The presentation takes place at the Crawford Park clubhouse next Tuesday (4pm).

All players, club supporters and assistants are welcome.

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