Maghull FC, has been awarded the highest accolade of FA Club Charter Standard.
The FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald's, was launched in February 2001 with the aim of setting standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people. The Charter Standard Scheme is the best-practice guide that sets these standards.
The FA is committed to raising the standard of grassroots football in England to encourage more people to play, to develop their skills and to enjoy the game in the right environment, stating "Clubs that become Charter Standard will be taking part in a genuine grassroots revolution. Every club should be aiming to meet the Charter Standard."
This Award allows all teams at Maghull Football Club to be recognised and accredited as a charter standard club, and includes a certificate and plaque for the clubhouse, football equipment, use of the charter standard logo on our promotional material and ongoing help and support from the FA. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.
Club spokesperson explains "Maghull applied for the FA's Charter Standard Award to provide the club with recognition for the quality provision we provide our members. It is a statement that we are a well-run and motivated club, with a good base of volunteers moving the club forward. The member's welfare is at the forefront of everything the club does, through codes of conduct and good practice. By achieving a Charter Standard Award, we are demonstrating to all members, parents and the public, that we are a well-organised and safe club. The 'hidden' benefits are also an excellent way of promoting your club to potential members, parents, volunteers and sponsors."
Maghull FC can now boast being one of only a handful of FA Clubs in Liverpool to achieve this top and prestigious award as listed on the Liverpool County FA website.
The FA scheme builds upon the foundations of the Charter Standard scheme in placing clubs at the heart of their community. Community Clubs, the pinnacle of the club development pathway, will be those that have a high quality, multi-team (minimum of 10 teams) set up with excellent social, training and playing opportunities for all. All new FA Community Clubs are required to meet FA criteria, ensuring they provide opportunities for players irrespective of age, gender, religion and ability. Clubs must also provide qualified coaches, first aiders and child protection officers.