Charter Standard Club

The FA Charter Standard Club Programme is a best practice guide that sets standards of Coaching, Administration and Child Protection for all clubs outside of the Football League and Premier League.

As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all. It also recognises the club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development and the raising standards of behaviour in football.

The Derbyshire County FA highlights the importance of club development and the need to develop a more effective Club structure, to help provide 'football for all'.

The FA Charter Standard Club Programme has three levels:
FA Charter Standard Club (Youth, Adult)
FA Charter Standard Development Club
FA Charter Standard Community Club

To achieve FA Charter Standard status, clubs will need to complete an application relevant to one of the levels listed above. If you would like to apply for FA Charter Standard please contact Liam Rooney on

FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check
To support clubs in maintaining the standards of The FA Charter Standard Programme, an annual health check process has now been introduced for all FA Charter Standard Clubs that will replace the existing three year renewal process. This will support clubs in:

  • Tracking the validity of their voluntary workforce in relation to coach education and welfare.
  • Identifying their workforce / coach education requirements for the season. The health check form presents information held on your club and the volunteers within the club together with asking questions regarding how the club adheres to The FA Charter Standard criteria.

The information gathered year on year will be maintained to help build a greater picture of the volunteer structure at your club so we know what further support you need. In the documents section below please find the FA's "Charter Standard Clubs" literature which provides clubs with guidance on how to receive or generate their unique club health check form, and how to complete it correctly. Derbyshire County FA will be able to support you with all elements of the Health Check so please do contact them for further support and to receive a copy of your club Health Check form.

All FA Charter Standard clubs are required to complete and return their Health Check form to the Derbyshire County FA by the end of March each year. If they have not done so their FA Charter Standard accreditation may be suspended. If a club has not completed their Health Check form or contacted the Derbyshire County FA by the end of June each year, their accreditation will expire. On completion and submission of the Health Check form the club will receive Nike Footballs. 

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