We’re pleased to announce that Cinderford Town Youth Football Club has achieved Charter Standard status from the Football Association.

Charter Standard ensures that the club have fully CRB checked coaches who have up to date first aid and child safeguarding certificates with every youth team.   It also ensures that, as a club, we are keen to promote high levels of coaching and that ‘behind the scenes’ the club is well organised and run in line with the FA’s requirements.

With big plans currently being discussed to move the youth side of the club forward, the Charter Standard award will also assist the club’s development with potential to access grants and support previously unavailable to the club.

Below is more information on the Charter Standard program from the FA website….

The FA Charter Standard programme supported by McDonald’s is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 6800 clubs, with 653 advanced level Community Clubs and 300 leagues. The kitemark is a major focus of The FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy and has improved coaching, the number of girls’ football teams and safeguarding children.

The benefits for an FA Charter Standard club include free tickets upon application for England youth and women’s internationals, local in-service FA/McDonald’s coaching events, administration support sessions and support with funding applications.

The ‘hidden’ benefits are key to most clubs working towards the kitemark. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe Club.

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