Hassocks Junior FC is an FA Charter Standard Club
The FA Charter Standard programme supported by McDonald’s is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.
The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 6800 clubs, with 653 advanced level Community Clubs and 300 leagues. The kitemark is a major focus of The FA’s Â£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;
- FA Charter Standard Club
- FA Charter Standard Development Club
- 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
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.
The kitemark lasts for one season and will be renewed each year as part of the club reaffiliation process. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.