The FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald's, was launched in February 2001 with the aim of setting standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people.
The programme is aimed at boys and girls under 16 and will help children and parents find in their local area a club that meets FA standards of coaching, administration, development and child protection. Youth Clubs need to demonstrate :-
However maybe the most important benefit is the recognition, from The FA, that the club provides a safe, quality environment for its young player
The project is at the heart of The Football Association's investment programme for grassroots football that will see £32 million spent to improve facilities and coaching across the country.
What The Players Say
Graeme Le Saux - Southampton FC and England "As a parent I am pleased to support The F.A. Charter Standard for Clubs and its commitment to raising standards and recognising good practice for young players at all levels".
Gareth Southgate - Middlesborough FC and England "As a father I am delighted that The F.A. Charter Standard for Clubs recognises the importance of Child Protection Training and Codes of Conduct in the successful development of youth football at all levels".