Charter Standard Clubs

Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme supported by McDonald’s is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues.

The goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.

With this in mind, The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjusted to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:

  • FA Charter Standard Club for Youth & Adult Clubs: the entry-level accreditation
  • FA Charter Standard Development Club: for clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
  • FA Charter Standard Community Club: acknowledging the most advanced level of club development and football provision

For clubs who have FA Charter Standard accreditation, the challenge is to progress to the next level or to maintain that level. For clubs without FA Charter Standard status, the scheme provides aspirational points on its development journey.

Tangible benefits:

  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for under-7 to under-16 teams
  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
  • Invitations to local in-service events
  • Access to administrative support sessions
  • Support with funding applications
  • New FA Charter Standard clubs also receive:
    • An official FA plaque and certificate
    • Resources to help promote the club
    • £100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth & Adult Clubs)
    • £150 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
    • £200 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Community Clubs)
    • Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard Development & Community Clubs)

Intangible benefits:

Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club:

  • Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
  • Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
  • Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
  • Prioritises Child Welfare
  • Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
  • Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
  • Can use the coveted FA ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials

Charter Standard application forms can be found below, for more information, please contact Aaron Clements (Football Development Officer) on 01458 832359 or Aaron.Clements@somersetfa.com

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