A JUNIOR football club has been awarded the highest accolade a grass roots football club can achieve from the Football Association.

MP Michael Dugher congratulated Wombwell Junior Football Club after they were given the Football Association Charter Standard Community Club award.

"This is brilliant news, congratulations to Wombwell Junior School," the Barnsley East MP said. "The club provides such a fantastic service for the community and children in the area and this award is thoroughly deserved."

The junior side are the only club in Barnsley with the status and the award puts them alongside such teams as Stocksbridge Park Steels and Worksop Town.

They have also been selected as a 'Hub' team, one of only two in Barnsley and eight in the whole of Yorkshire, to work with the FA on their Tesco Skills programme. This is a programme for all children between the ages of five and eleven.