Annual Health Checks
Stay Proud to be The FA Charter Standard accredited
Annual Health Check 2018-19 - now open!
It’s time for all FA Charter Standard clubs to make sure that their people and policies are up to the standard to make them the best possible place to play and enjoy football.
In a change for this year the annual health check window will be open from 1 September 2018 until 31 January 2019. All clubs must have completed their annual health check before 31 January 2019.
To start your annual health check log into The FA Whole Game System by clicking the link below.
STAY PROUD - START YOUR CLUB ANNUAL HEALTH CHECK NOW
What is The FA Charter Standard?
Charter Standard is open to grassroots football Clubs and Leagues. The programme is open For All and includes adult, youth, male and female formats.
The programme encourages improvement across grassroots football. Clubs who achieve The FA Charter Standard are able to demonstrate they have what it takes provide the best standard of grassroots football.
Charter Standard helps clubs develop policies and practices making them proud to provide football in a safe environment and where competitive football is fun and open to everyone.
This means clubs are better placed to attract and retain players - helping them to grow sustainably.
Help and support meeting the criteria is available to Clubs and Leagues. For the first time funding is available for clubs to go toward The FA Level one coaching qualification.
To find out more about becoming FA Charter Standard accredited visit our dedicated Charter Standard page.
Clubs and leagues who achieve The FA Charter Standard status receive additional support and resources from The FA and Berks & Bucks FA including:
o Promotional resources
o Football equipment
o Support from The FA and Berks & Bucks FA
Berks & Bucks FA is set up to help clubs and leagues to achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation.
Does your club want to become proud to be The FA Charter Standard accredited?
To start your journey contact your Berks & Bucks FA today.
Any club can get the support they need to apply for FA Charter Standard accreditation. FA Charter Standard accreditation demonstrates how clubs, leagues, volunteers, parents and players play their part in providing fun, safe and inclusive football opportunities for all.
As a minimum clubs must be affiliated to a Berks & Bucks FA and have at least one team playing in an FA sanctioned league.
Clubs should contact Berks & Bucks FA to apply for FA Charter Standard status.
Clubs work in partnership with us to demonstrate and work toward meeting the accreditation criteria. Help and support is available from our team of experienced staff.
We then work together to complete an FA Charter Standard application form. We will then review your application and supporting evidence with a number of experienced individuals within the game. If a club meets the criteria they are awarded a relevant level of accreditation. Support is available to help clubs meet the standard.
We will organise a meeting or invite you to one of our league workshops where we can help audit and assess your league. As part of this meeting we will identify outstanding objectives against the criteria and help leagues work toward meeting these.
The FA and Berks & Bucks FA do not charge to become accredited. Clubs also receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their FA Charter Standard status.
A club’s accreditation lasts for one season. An annual health check must be completed each year to review a club’s status. The FA Charter Standard accreditation may be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record or no longer meets the criteria.
Clubs which achieve FA Charter Standard status can be proud to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football. They are able to demonstrate they offer positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.
FA Charter Standard clubs receive access to benefits that will help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources you receive will depend on the level of accreditation a club achieves. Benefits clubs experience include:
• Attract and retain players, supporters and volunteers
• Funding for football equipment
• Access to FA and Football Foundation funding pots
• Opportunity to become an FA Partner Club in new Football Foundation facilities, receiving preferential rates
• Access to promotional resources and guidance
• Tailored support from The FA and County FAs
The FA, Berks & Bucks FA and associated partners offer a number of additional benefits to those above so speak to us today to find out more.
The criteria are outlined within the application form. There are different criteria for both. It also has some relevant differences for the Youth and Adult game. Broadly the criteria are based around having the following in place:
• Code of conduct and operational policies
• Coaching qualifications (Youth only)
• Links, Pathways & Development Plans
These criteria are designed to make clubs in the best place possible to play and enjoy football.
Higher levels of accreditation are available to clubs who offer above the minimum criteria. Clubs who achieve Community or Development status are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.
The precise criteria to become an FA Charter Standard League is identified as part of your Berks & Bucks FA meeting or forum. Broadly leagues are required to meet the following objectives:
• 60% of registered teams are members of FA Charter Standard clubs
• Demonstrate support for new teams to achieve FA Charter Standard status
• Supporting and implementing The FA’s Respect campaign
• Having a league referees’ officer
• Demonstrate active link to another league to support player development and transitional pathways
• After 3 years, have a minimum of 85% teams as members of FA Charter Standard clubs
Working together with Berks & Bucks FA, we help make sure you are delivering the best offer possible for players to play in a safe, fun and inclusive environment and support for the people who help run your teams.