What it means to be FA Charter Standard


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The FA Charter Standard has become a familiar phrase in grassroots football but what does it actually mean for a local club to receive this level of accreditation? 
The FA Charter Standard programme is a scheme open to all grassroots clubs and leagues, with the ambition to raise standards in the grassroots game by supporting the development of clubs and leagues. 
It is essentially a badge of honour for clubs and leagues that have demonstrated their ability to offer well-organised and sustainable football. 
The Charter Standard recognises clubs that prioritise qualified coaching, place safeguarding at the top of their list and follow the values of the FA Respect Programme. 
There are two basic entry levels for accreditation: FA Charter Standard Youth and FA Charter Standard Adult. 
Advanced levels are available to clubs who offer further playing opportunities, beyond the norm, initiate procedures designed at growing participation, involve a variety of people in the process and provide safe environments for male, female and disability players. 
Clubs who achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and, where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels. Clubs that work in partnership can be linked and recognised to achieve the development or community club levels of accreditation. 
The FA Charter Standard League accreditation recognises those leagues that are well-run and organised in a way that ensures the enjoyment of football. 
The FA introduced interim criteria for the scheme during the Covid crisis and examples of the requirements that must be met for youth football include all youth teams having coaches with full DBS checks, a club welfare officer and safeguarding policy. 
At least one official per youth team should have an FA Level One coaching badge (or above) and coaches are encouraged to enrol on the FA Playmaker course. 
There is a full set of guidance available on the Devon FA website and Charter Standard is definitely a worthwhile ambition for local clubs. 
For clubs or leagues interested in learning more about the FA Charter Standard, contact Dai Carpenter at the Devon FA through david.carpenter@devonfa.com   

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