What is Charter Standard?
The FA Charter Standard programme 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.
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.
What are the Benefits?
New FA Charter Standard clubs will receive:
- An official FA plaque and certificate
- Resources to help promote the club
- £100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and 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 and Community Clubs)
On renewal each season FA Charter Standard clubs will receive:
- Nike Footballs/Kit following completion of the Annual Health Check renewal
- Free tickets upon application for England Youth, U21 and Women’s Internationals
- Local FREE in-service CPD coaching events
- Reduction on Level 1 and Level 2 courses
- Administration support sessions
- Priority over new funding grants and support with writing applications
- Access to the FA Skills team to develop 5-11 year old football
- Access to the Football Futures Volunteer programme
In addition to these above benefits please CLICK HERE for the specific benefits links to each different level of award.
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.
How to Apply?
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.
To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to Bedfordshire FA with the requested supporting evidence. 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.
The FA Charter Standard Working Party will provide feedback on each application, which will include an action plan and a recommendation. If your club meets the criteria, the County FA will forward your application to The FA for awarding. If your club does not meet the criteria, your County FA will provide an action plan and advice.
The kitemark lasts for one season and will be renewed each year as part of the club annual health check process. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend FA Charter Standard in-service events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.
Application Forms / Healthcheck Notes
FA Charter Standard Club Application Form
FA Charter Standard Development Club Application Form
FA Charter Standard Community Club Application Form
FA Charter Standard Adult Club Application Form
Annual Healthcheck Guidance Notes
Charter Standard Criteria
Club Constitution & Rules
Club Equality Policy
Club Safeguarding Policy
Development Plan - Example
Code of Conduct for Football
Respect Code of Conduct for Adult Players
Respect Code of Conduct for Youth Players
Respect Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team Managers & Club Officials
Respect Code of Conduct for Spectators and Parents / Carers
The FA Emergency Aid Bridging Document