Ripley Rangers FC continues to flourish with the club landing two top awards, just 18 months after it was formed.
The club, which started up in May 2011, has won the Charter Standard Club of the Year award from the Derbyshire County FA, and also the award for the East Midlands too.
Ripley Rangers currently runs nine football teams for boys and girls, ranging from four-year-olds up to under 18s, from its base at Mill Hill School.
Club chairman Gary Hounslow explained: “The club was set up because we thought there was a gap in the sporting community we could fill, offering opportunities on the pitch and the chance to build friendships off the pitch. It’s a friendly club.
“We take kids from all over the Amber Valley area. We don’t put any parameters on it and we have about 120 kids involved now and 12 coaches.
“I think it’s a real achievement to win these awards so soon after starting up. It’s a reward for all the hard work by parents, coaches, kids and also the support we’ve received from the community and local businesses, plus the likes of councillors Stuart Joynes and David Bowley, and Mill Hill for the use of the facilities. We also thank the Derbyshire FA for the equipment they presented as part of winning the award.
“We want to expand year on year and eventually start up an adult side. We are still looking for a few players for the under eights so go to www.ripleyrangersfc.co.uk for details.”