FA Charter Standard Award Gained
Port of Bristol Youth Football Club are proud to announce we have took a major step forward last week when we became a Football Association Chartered club. Officers have made extensive efforts to reach the FA's criteria which not only demanded work amongst the community but also a quality level of coaching ability, a written constitution and a proven structure. In return for working within the community this achievement sees the club receive a considerable number of benefits as well as £450 worth of kit and sponsorship. Welfare Officer Chris George spoke of his delight of the move.
"This is something we have been striving towards since we were formed in 2014 and i think this has been a great step forward for the football club. Not only does this give us more structure as an organisation but it has enabled us to develop many links with the FA with regard to coaching, financial benefit and other perks including tickets to international games for both England men and ladies."
"It's an amazing achievement for the us as we've worked particularly hard to get the award and it's great to see a local club working alongside a national governing body. I really encourage other clubs to follow suit."
This award is given to clubs who demonstrate they offer a well-run and sustainable football club, proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA's Respect campaign as part of their game. There is an annual 'health check', to ensure we maintain and enhance our running of the club and are also advanced levels which we will be looking into in the near future. These are for clubs who look to grow participation, involve a variety of different people and offer different formats within the game.
The programme began in 2001 and is a national initiative to increase the quality and support of football clubs outside the Premiership and the football league. Furthermore, the FA is keen for the programme to strengthen the structure within the surrounding area. The club feel that the "benefits of this award will not only be seen by the current players in the football teams at the club, but also the wider community as it grows.