Charter Standard Community Club – An overview

Our FA development programme for Charter Standard Community Club Status

What is it?

The FA Charter Standard kitemark is awarded to football clubs who provide a high quality football experience. FA Charter Standard clubs are proven to be well run, sustainable, and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’.

Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.

As a club we have maintained FA Charter Standard Club which needed to feature a trained Welfare Officer, CRB-checked volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordination.

We already met the criteria for FA Charter Standard Development Clubs which must in addition have at least five teams, have a club development plan, a Level 2 coach, and club officials must attend two in-service development events per year.

Our application for FA Community Club Status meant we needed to have at least ten teams. We must have male and female football provision, a Mini-Soccer team, an advanced 5 year development plan, and stage at least one workshop per season to improve behaviour. We need at least one coach to have completed the specialist youth coaching module 2 and one club official needs to have attended an FA mentoring course. The club must have a schools co-ordinator and volunteer co-ordinator in addition.

So what is in our 5 year development plan?

The good news is we were already doing a lot of great things as a club and we just need to keep up the good work, such as:

  • Growing our teams each year and backfilling at the young age groups.
  • Having a positive relationship with the local schools
  • Providing a development pathway through the age groups into the senior game
  • Actively supporting the respect campaign and raising standards of behaviour. (To maintain our status we must continue to improve and maintain a good record)
  • Being able to provide good facilities whilst growing our teams through good relationships with the local authorities & schools
  • Run award ceremonies annually
  • Ensure governance over the annual health checks

What’s new?

There are lots of plans being worked through on taking the club forward and continuing to grow. Here are the key headlines:

  • Create a Football development subcommittee, this needs to be formed with representatives from the juniors, seniors, girls, disability and coaches.
  • Coach development – supporting the pathway whether that be level 1 or 2, youth modules, or branching out into specialist areas like goalkeeping, futsal etc.
  • Create a new junior disability team
  • Develop referees (10 referees within 5 years)
  • Develop Youth Leaders  through the football futures programme (this is youth leaders from 14yrs plus)
  • Grow the girls section in the way we did with the boys
  • Increase the number of female coaches.
  • Create a juniors skills You Tube channel to promote self-learning, encouraging kids to practice outside of sessions and show what they can do.

We’ve lots of new and exciting initiatives on the roadmap and as a committee we are looking for help. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining a subcommittee to be part of building and maintaining our Community Club status then please let us know by contacting one of the committee members.

It would be great to have you involved.