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Our Charter Standard Clubs

BBFA Adult & Youth Charter Standard Clubs

we're proud to be Charter standard

Listed below are our high quality FA Charter Standard Clubs (as of April 1st 2019), ranging from one team adult, youth clubs to multi team, multi ability community clubs who will provide football for girls, boys and adults. 

Development Clubs fulfil a criteria to provide football for at least 5 teams, and both Charter Standard Development & Community clubs will have highly qualified coaches and have written a development plan so they can assure everyone within their club is in a quality positive environment with the opportunity to progress.

Every team within a Charter Standard club will have access to an FA qualified coach, with a valid FA safeguarding and FA Emergency Aid.  All those volunteers in direct contact with the children must have a valid FA DBS check. These teams are directly supported by the FA with funding and Nike match balls. 

If you are looking for a team to join as volunteer or player just drop us an email on the details at the bottom of this page with the name of the Club you are interested in and we will put you in touch. 

Those teams higlighted in green have been awarded the status in 2019, those suspended have not completed their 2019 Annual Charter Standard Health Check.

BBFA Charter Standard clubs

As of 3rd September 2019 (Updated bi-monthly)

Charter Standard Clubs Sept 2019

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.

Leagues should contact Berks & Bucks FA to register an interest in achieving FA Charter Standard status. This is done by completing an FA Charter Standard League Registration form.

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.

It’s free!

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.

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