The FA Charter Standard Club Award has been introduced to raise standards, recognise good practice and reward the quality within our clubs at all levels within the game.
The Charter Standard Award comes in different guises to suit all clubs and leagues;
Charter Standard Club - For Junior Teams Under 16 and below
Charter Standard Club Status is for junior/youth clubs with teams under the age of 16 years of age. The award is designed to reward best practice, aid delivery across the club volunteer spectrum and educate coaches and club officials. For Charter Standard Club Status, the club must meet the following criteria:
- Club Constitution/Rules
- Copy of Annual Accounts
- Code of Conduct for players, coaches, parents and officials
- Equity Policy: To show equal opportunities in the club
- FA Child Protection Policy: Appoint a designated Child Welfare Officer who should have attended FA Child Protection workshop and completed an FA CRB check.
- Qualified Coaches: One Coach per youth team should have achieved Level 1 and applied for or completed an enhanced FA CRB check
Charter Standard Development Club - For Junior Teams with at least five teams with a minimum of four age groups
Development Status displays a club's determination and commitment to developing their club further, the club needs to have obtained the criteria below:
- Charter Standard Club status
- At least five teams
- A football development plan
- One club coach to hold the Level 2 qualification (lead coach)
Charter Standard Community Club - For Clubs with 10 teams (Adult through to Youth and including at least one Girls' team)
One of the aims of the Community Club Award is to become the main focus for football in the local community and environment. This is the ‘Flagship’ award and full support, guidance and advice is on hand from the Suffolk FA Football Development Team at all times. To achieve this prestigious award the club needs to have obtained the following criteria:
- Charter Standard Club status
- At least 10 teams
- Ranging from Youth to Adult
- Mini soccer provision
- Boys' and girls' teams
- A three-to-five year football development plan
- One club coach to hold the Level 2 qualifiaction (lead coach)
Charter Standard Adult Club - For Adult Clubs
This award rewards and recognises the work and commitment of adult clubs across the county. Adult clubs need to maintain standards as much as any club. Minimum criteria needed to achieve Charter Standard Adult Club Status:
- Emergency first aid
- Code of conduct
- Minutes of AGM meeting
- Copy of annual accounts
Charter Standard Clubs - Case Study
A coach and parent have voiced their support of the club philosophy aopted at Elmswell Youth FC.
Elmswell Youth FC’s four-point philosophy aims to ensure that all players receive fair playing time for their age groups, all players’ technique is developed to a standard where they look to play through the thirds, players are taught to play in a variety of different positions to increase their skills and confidence, and whilst the club’s teams should aim to win, it is not at the expense of the aforementioned points and respect is shown at all times.
Gary Pinyoun, who coaches at Elmswell Youth FC and is the club’s chairman, said: “There never will be a situation where a player won’t get a game. They will always receive fair playing time. If a player doesn’t start one week then they are absolutely guaranteed to start the following week. There is no such thing as players who are permanently substitutes; they are all involved in the game.”
He developed the philosophy in consultation with other coaches to give concrete guidance to not only the players or the coaches but parents as well.
Andy Taylor, who has been coaching at Elmswell Youth FC for around 20 years, added: “The impact of the philosophy is that there are loads of kids playing football. With our philosophy of anyone can play and they all get a game we have more people coming over to the club than really we can handle, which is great. Some clubs may be struggling to get players. I think we’re the opposite at the moment because the parents and the kids know they’re going to be playing football.”
Elmswell Youth FC’s good work is paying dividends as the club has attained its Charter Standard status. The FA Charter Standard Programme was launched in 2001 and is a core component of The FA Football Development Programme.
The FA Charter Standard is an industry kite mark which encourages good practice. Clubs who attain the award must have a written constitution, commitment to provide mini soccer for U10s, school-club links and exit routes for players into the adult game. Clubs also have to demonstrate they have audited accounts and public liability insurance cover.
“The benefits of achieving Charter Standard status are getting back up from a lot of people like the County FA and the training of coaches. That’s really important. We try and get them on the new modules as I just love the new modules,” said Mr Taylor.
Gareth, whose son plays for Elmswell Youth FC U9s, has also been impressed with the club’s philosophy.
He said: “The philosophy is a fundamental part of the club but I think we have always had those underlying principles anyway. I think it’s good that we have it documented and everyone can see what we work to. I think it makes a vast difference to some of the children. In the U9’s we’ve got players who have come to us who haven’t played football before and they love turning up and they love the opportunity to play games. We’re all about having fun and developing good all round footballers.”
If you would like to learn more about Elmswell Youth FC’s philosophy please visit http://www.elmswellyouthfc.co.uk/eyfc-news-2/
If you would like to contact a member of the Suffolk FA Development Team about the FA's Charter Standard status please click here
If your club has attained the FA’s Charter Standard status and you would like Suffolk FA to feature your club please contact Nick Garnham, Marketing & Public Relations Officer, on 01449 776380 or email@example.com
Charter Standard Leagues
The Charter Standard League award is a flagship initiative for The FA, and assesses the ability of a league to provide a high quality, safe and enjoyable football experience against a standard set of criteria.
It also encourages the League to continually develop, through ongoing support from the development team at Suffolk FA and the review and ongoing development of a league development plan as part of an annual health check process.
Application forms for all grades of Charter Standard can be found below, anyone wishing to discuss the application process in greater detail should contact firstname.lastname@example.org