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We aim to provide a safe and enjoyable environment, in which to allow children and young adults to play football.

Club Ethos

We believe that all groups connected with the club should have a say in how we run our club, it ensures that our aims are decided together and achieved together. Our key aim can be summarised in one word, improvement. Improvement in players, improvement in standards and improvement in attitudes.

We hold regular meetings throughout the year to make sure that as a club our progress is aligned to our ethos. We encourage coaches, parents/guardians and players to provide feedback on how we run our club.

Coaching Philosophy

Our clearly defined coaching philosophy provides direction, purpose and guidance to the process of coaching young players.

We promote a holistic approach based upon the FA’s four-corner model for long-term player development, with age appropriate coaching recommendations for players aged 5-11 and 12-18.

We are a FA Charter Standard Club

The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

Tangible benefits:

Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for under-7 to under-16 teams (see section 4 of this booklet)

  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
  • Invitations to local in-service events
  • Access to administrative support sessions
  • Support with funding applications
  • New FA Charter Standard clubs also receive:
    • An official FA plaque and certificate
    • Resources to help promote the club
    • £100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and Adult Clubs)
    • £150 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
    • £200 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Community Clubs)
    • Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard Development and Community Clubs)

Intangible benefits:

Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club (or league):

  • Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
  • Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
  • Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
  • Prioritises Child Welfare
  • Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
  • Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
  • Can use the coveted FA ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials

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