The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 4,500 clubs, with 460 advanced level Community Clubs and 120 leagues. The kitemark is a major focus of The FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy and has improved coaching, the number of girls’ football teams and safeguarding children.
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’ or for Clubs offering Adult football only ‘FA Charter Standard Adult 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.
Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria is challenging, but is attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.
Criteria for achieving the entry level award include having a trained Welfare Officer, CRB checks for all 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-ordinator.
The benefits for an FA Charter Standard club include:Free tickets upon application for England youth and women’s internationals
- Local In Service events
- Administration support sessions
- Support with funding applications
- FA/McDonald’s coaching events
The ‘hidden’ benefits are key to most clubs working towards the kitemark. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all.
To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to the County FA with the requested supporting evidence. The application will be assessed by the County FA nominated officer and feedback will be obtained from the leagues that your club plays in to ensure that your club displays the high levels expected of an FA Charter Standard Club.
If you require any support with your application, health checks or have any questions about the FA Charter Standard programme then please feel free to contact Steve Dorey, Football Development Officer on 01642 717770 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The FA Skills is a unique football coaching programme that gives five to 11 year olds of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game.
We’ve been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and have to date provided over 3 million child places on the programme, aiming to reach 4.7 million children by 2014.FA Skills is a nationwide initiative run by The Football Association and funded by Sport England.
We provide after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching, support for charter standard football clubs and we also work within primary schools providing specialist football coaching.
Our aim is to develop better and more technically gifted football players but also to give every child the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
The FA Skills is based on a unique FA coaching model that helps boys and girls of all abilities to grow, develop their skills and to reach their potential. The FA four corner model encompasses four key attributes that are vital for any developing young footballer: Physical, Technical, Psychological and Social elements, helping children to develop more than just their football skills – we’ll help them to gain confidence, build self-esteem, learn to work as team and improve their decision making.
Your child can take part in The FA Skills programme through their primary school or by signing up to take part in our regular after school Skills Centres and free holiday football coaching sessions.