The Surrey County FA and Premier League side Fulham FC launched an exciting new reward scheme on Saturday at Craven Cottage, which will see the west London club link with and offer support to five Charter Standard clubs in Surrey.
Walton Casuals FC, Goldsworth Park Rangers FC, Horsley FC, Epsom and Ewell Colts and Guildford Saints FC can now proudly boast to be a Fulham FC Community Club, and were officially presented with a plaque during a pitch presentation ahead of the Whites game against West Brom recognising the new partnership.
Each club was identified to link with Martin Jol's team due to their Charter Standard status and their commitment to Fulham's Junior Club Day, which was held earlier this year.
Over the course of the 2012/2013 season, the five clubs will receive signed merchandise, a section on FulhamFC.com, Billy the Badger appearances at tournaments, the opportunity to provide ball boys and girls at home matches, exclusive ticket deals and the chance for their coaches to observe three Academy Sessions at Fulham's training ground, the first of which is schedule to take place on October 16th.
Former Fulham players Luis Boa Morte and Kit Symons presented Eddie Robinson (Horsley), Mike Lovett (Epsom and Ewell), Beccie Hobson (Guildford Saints), Lorraine Walton (Goldsworth Park) and Graeme Allen (Walton Casuals) with their Community Club Plaques at the weekend, with each club representative then enjoying a 3-0 win for the home side courtesy of complimentary tickets.
"We are delighted to become a Fulham FC Community Club - anything we can do to improve our players experience of football is always welcome," said Julie Jenne, Club Secretary of Horsley FC.
The match on Saturday also saw the first set of ball boys and girls from each club take their place pitch-side, Lorraine Walton saying: "It was a great day out, and along with the the ball boys and girls, we really enjoyed the game."
To learn more about the Charter Standard programme and its benefits, click here.