Many of Essex’s most well-structured grassroots football clubs have completed their FA Charter Standard ‘Annual Health Check’ as part of a constant commitment to developing a safe, fun and inclusive environment in the game.
The Charter Standard Programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme aiming to improve grassroots football and support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements. Existing Charter Standard clubs must complete their Health Checks by Friday 31st January to confirm these standards are being maintained.
FA Charter Standard status is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable and who prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect Campaign. Essex County FA Senior Football Development Officer, Karl Sear, is keen for all remaining existing clubs to complete their Annual Health Checks straight away.
He explained: “Our ‘Moving Forward’ Strategy states that we want 100% of youth clubs in Essex to achieve Charter Standard status and create a united grassroots football environment which delivers football for all. We want to support clubs to provide the safest and best possible environment for young people engaged in the game. Collectively, we can achieve this.”
“We need to ensure clubs have all the relevant safeguards, procedures and coaching in place to create an engaging and progressive environment. As we all embark on a new year, now is the perfect time for clubs to ensure their coaches are qualified and have all of the relevant first aid and safeguarding training to guarantee their teams are run to the best level possible.”
“Charter clubs benefit from a tailored support package including access to promotional resources and guidance. They receive support with funding applications and free tickets for England youth and women’s internationals. There are also many intangible benefits which show that Charter clubs are more likely to be run sustainably, which can attract more volunteers, players and coaches.”
Please click here if you’d like to find out more about becoming an FA Charter Standard club. Existing Charter clubs can now complete their Annual Health Checks via the online FA Whole Game System. Information on grassroots Essex football is also shared by @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.