Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard is the quality mark for all local football clubs which is achieved by having qualified coaches and good practice codes of conducts for players, coaches, managers, parents, spectators and we are here to help you achieve a Charter Standard Club.


The Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League.

The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 4,500 clubs, with 460 advanced level Community Clubs and 120 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.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria is challenging, but is attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.

Criteria for achieving the entry level award include having a trained Welfare Officer, CRB checks for all volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordinator. 

Charter Standard In-Service Events 

As part of the commitment, once awarded the FA Charter Standard, a club must attend a minimum of at least one in-service event per year. More importantly, Cornwall FA hopes  these events, which are free to Charter Standard clubs, will be seen as a real benefit to clubs - a reward for achieving and retaining the Charter Standard status.

Further Information

Please find a selection of documents below to support you, also use this link Charter Standard Cubs for further information and for any support regarding or questions on The FA Charter Standard Clubs then do not hesitate to contact Phil Cardew either by email or by phone 01208 262988 and he will be more than happy to help you.

We sincerely thank you and your club volunteers for all the work you do for the development of football in Cornwall. 

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