So pleased and excited to be able to confirm the re-accreditation of our FA Charter Standard, as a Community Club, for another 12 months.  A real mark of appreciation and recognition of all the hours spent working behind the scenes by our coaches, volunteers and committee members to deliver the highest level of support right across the whole of our Badger Family of teams.  Thank you to everyone that gives up their time to coach, officiate, set up equipment, administrate ot squads, run the Snack Shack, or act as parental taxi service at any one of our four venues across any one of our 22 teams.

The FA’s Charter Standard Award recognises and rewards high quality of levels of provision in grassroots football clubs and has three levels of FA Charter Standard Award for organisations, such as The Badgers.  Since it was launched in 2001, the award has been granted to 4,500 clubs with only 460 advanced level Community clubs, such as us, gaining the highest level of compliance.

FA Standard Criteria Level

The criteria are challenging and once awarded we are subjected to an annual ‘health check’ to ensure our standards of footballing provision do not dip and are being maintained.  Leigh and Bransford Badgers must demonstrate we have:

  • An FA-trained Club Welfare Officer
  • An FA Level 1 coach for each of our teams
  • Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all our volunteers
  • FA Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team
  • An FA Charter Standard Co-ordinator recruited for each club.

Additional Development Club criteria

  • Football Development Plan for three to five years
  • At least one Level 2 coach coaching one of our teams
  • At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Award Module 1, coaching one of the teams.

Finally we need to provide evidence of the addition Community Club criteria:

  • A minimum of ten teams covering mini-soccer, youth and adult football
  • A minimum of one male and female team
  • At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Module 2 coaching one of the teams
  • One person who has attended the FA Mentoring Adults course

Benefits of being an FA Charter Standard club?

The benefits are many and varied. Some are tangible and some intangible, but no less valuable and include:

  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit
  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
  • Access to administrative support sessions

Most importantly our FA Charter Standard Community Club status is a clear demonstration to all our parents, sponsors and the public, that the Badgers, as a junior football club 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