What Is Charter Standard?
What Is Charter Standard?
A club that has achieved the FA Kite Mark.
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Charter Standard


What Is C. S.?

Beautiful game as standard

Falling in love with playing the beautiful game happens to different people for different reasons and at various times of their lives.

Setting the Standard

C.S. Stands for Charter Standard.

The FA’s Charter Standard Award recognises and rewards clubs who are making the experience of playing the game a positive one. Created in February 2001 and open to all clubs up to non-league level, the award is given to club’s that show they are well run and sustainable with safety and child protection paramount.

In today’s society, parents want to know their child is playing football in a safe environment, in the care of adults who are insured, CRB checked and qualified as coaches. Displaying The FA’s Charter Standard Award gives the security that these minimum requirements are in place and that the club has a commitment to player and coach development as well as raising the standards of behaviour across the game. By showing people what a good club should look like the parents, coaches and volunteers who drive the grassroots game have a clear focus in which to channel their endless energy and enthusiasm.


Seeds of change

The process of achieving the Charter Standard award does involve a number of administrative tasks. But let us not lose sight of why we need codes of conducts and a qualified volunteer workforce. If you know that your club environment is a safe and positive one, where the coaches and parents support and encourage development and learning - you will be safe in the knowledge that all the young people at your club will have the best opportunity to fall in love with the game, improve their skills, forge friendships and remain involved in the game for their whole life.

Sensing the empowerment a young person can experience by simply playing the game - the excitement and escapism they feel when they aren’t under any pressure - is what makes all the hard work of achieving Charter Standard Status worthwhile. It is the duty of all of us in the football family to work together to make this happen for many years to come.


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