As a minimum, clubs must be affiliated to a County FA and have at least one team playing in an FA sanctioned league.
It is understood the club’s accreditation lasts for one season, and an “annual health check” must be completed each year thereafter to review the club’s status.
The FA Charter Standard sets out to seek the best place for people to play and enjoy football. Clubs who are accredited are able to demonstrate they offer positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.
FA Charter Standard clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources received depends on the level of accreditation a club achieves.
The Benefits clubs experience include:
• Attract and retain players, supporters and volunteers
• Funding for football equipment
• Access to promotional resources and guidance
• Tailored support from The FA and County FAs.
Joe Matthias Football Development Officer at the Herefordshire Football Association said, “Hereford’s Charter Standard application was of the highest standard and we would like to congratulate them on achieving their Development Club Status.
“As part of the process the club have completed a thorough club development plan and Herefordshire FA look forward to supporting the club with this as they continue to grow and progress.”