Community Status

FA Charter Standard Community Club Award

The Club has just received the FA Charter Standard Community Club Award. For those who don’t know, the FA Charter Standard Club Programme has three levels, and the “Community Club” level that we have achieved is the highest possible. This is a testament to how far we have come as club in a very short space of time.

The Community Club award is the ultimate FA Charter Standard goal. It demonstrates that a club has a high-quality, multi-team (minimum of 10 teams) set-up with a clear development pathway and excellent social, training and playing opportunities for all.

Achieving Community Club Status is one of the truest measures of success for the FA’s Football Development Strategy. There are now around 3,400 FA Charter Standard clubs, of which around 350 are Community Clubs. Highworth Town Juniors is proud to be one of only a handful of clubs in Wiltshire to achieve this award.

The FA Charter Standard club programme was established in February 2001 and aims to demonstrate that grassroots clubs have the necessary infrastructure to provide a great environment for football development, and as well has providing parents and carers with the reassurance that their child is playing football in a safe and friendly environment, it also brings the clubs a number of benefits:

  • The club is well run and has a sustainable structure that supports and rewards volunteers.
  • It provides a safe and effective environment for players and volunteers to develop their skills and continue their involvement in football.
  • The local community can see that you have the FA Charter Standard and are supporting the FA Charter Standard club programme.
  • The club has access to the FA Charter Standard in-service programmes for coaches and volunteers organised by county FAs.
  • The award significantly increases the opportunities to receive external funding from sports agencies.
  • The club can use the FA Charter Standard logo to promote itself.
  • The club receives free England Under-21, Youth and Women’s match tickets.
  • There is access to discounted Umbro kit and equipment.

Before we could submit our application for this award, there was much work to do. We had to write and submit the following:

  • A child protection policy and procedure adopted.
  • Codes of conduct for team officials, players, managers, coaches, parents and spectators adopted.
  • A team membership registration list.
  • Medical record and consent forms for all players obtained.
  • Establishing a volunteers register to include coaching qualifications, first aid certificates, and Criminal Record Bureau checks to maintain up-to-date certification.
  • A five year Football Development Plan to include ground development, team development, workforce development (staff, coaches, referees, volunteers), demonstrating links with local school and other elements of the community, as well as communication and marketing plans.

Having achieved the award, the hard work now really starts with the Club striving to implement the plan we have submitted. To do this we need your help. If you would like to get involved with the Club, be it managing a team or simply helping out, then please contact one of the committee members via the contact us link on this site.

You can read more about the FA’s Charter Standard programme at http://www.thefa.com/GetIntoFootball/CharterStandard/Club.