Charter Standard

Suffolk FA is committed to raising the standards of grassroots football, to encourage more people to get involved not only in playing but to also help develop people's skills in all aspects of the game and encourage the right environment for all.

The FA Charter Standard is the Kitemark of excellence in Football introduced in 2001, since when more than 4,500 clubs have joined the Charter.

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.

The FA Charter Standard club programme now has three levels:

● FA Charter Standard club (Youth, Adult)
● FA Charter Standard development club
● FA Charter Standard community club

Contrary to popular belief, attaining the Charter is a simple process, supported at each stage by dedicated Suffolk FA staff who will guide you through the process.

Clubs may be surprised to hear that many of you will already meet some or all of the criteria. If you have a constitution, a copy of the club accounts, insurance (this comes with your affiliation), committee minutes, AGM minutes, each team has a qualified coach with enhanced FA CRB check (NB - for adult clubs each team requires a non-playing  FA qualified first aider) you are good to go, if not we are here to help. 

An annual health check and free inservice events for your club are just some of the benefits you will gain, for a full  list of benefits can be found here.

If you would like to speak to Suffolk FA about the FA's Charter Standard please contact a member of the development team:

Chris Walsh County Development Manager
01449 776313 / 07432 735985

Phil Woolnough Football Development Officer (East)
01449 776311 / 07432 735961

Nathan French Football Development Officer (West)
01449 776381 / 07432 735987

Gary Pinyoun Adult Male 11v11 Project Officer
01449 776384 / 07432 581341


Michael Cornall Senior Football Development Officer
01449 776381 / 07432 735985

Jodie Allard Mini Soccer & Youth Football Development Officer
01449 776311 / 07432 735961

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 & Communications Officer, on 01449 776380 or via




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