The health check was carried out by Vice Chairman Mick Martin and the county FA, so we thought it might be an idea to find out from Mick what's involved in retaining the Award.
Mick, you have just completed this year's health check, can you give us a brief outline of what's involved?
Each year the Club has to pass a fairly rigorous FA health check to make sure all Managers, Coaches and assistants have passed the necessary CRC (formally CRB) checks and have passed a Safeguarding Children course. All teams have at least one FA Lev 1 Coach who has an Emergency Aid qualification and are signed up as an FA Licenced Coaches.
Remembering that all our Managers/Coaches Etc are all volunteers at the Club, it is quite an achievement each year to keep all the necessary qualifications up to date and also get new volunteers qualified for the following season. Remembering all volunteers have another working and home life to consider which understandably doesn’t leave a lot of time left for courses & qualifications which have to be addressed to stay working with youth Football.
How long have the club been charter standard?
We were awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club award in Nov 2005 and so have 13 years of continuous membership.
What does it mean to the club to be charter standard?
We are proud to be an early holder of the FA Charter Standard award system which establishes the Club to be operating at the highest level within the policy and Codes of conduct which the FA have developed. It doesn’t mean just Coaching football for the Club, it’s Coaching Managers, Players and Parents to maintain an encouraging attitude in all respects not only for their own team members but also to opposition players, Parents, officials and also the Referee.
Updated 22:40 - 12 Feb 2018 by Richard Munn
We did have the next stage up Community Club award but we had to drop down a level when we were unable to get enough girls to establish a girls only side although we were and are still involving girls in our set up with several training and playing in mixed sides.