Wiltshire FA have awarded FA Charter Standard status to Salisbury FC Youth.
The FA Charter Standard Programme is the FA’s accreditation scheme, open to all clubs affiliated to Wiltshire FA, that aims to raise standards in the grassroots game.
Tim Hall, Senior Football Development Officer at Wiltshire FA said, “We are delighted that Salisbury FC Youth have achieved FA Charter Standard status, it recognises their hard work, commitment and quality. The club can be proud to offer a safe, inclusive environment where people can enjoy football.”
Clubs who achieve FA Charter Standard status must maintain high standards and demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football clubs, prioritising qualified coaching, safeguarding and respect.
Tim continues, “The club committee have been excellent since we started working together and I would like to thank Club Secretary, Michaela Winter, who has been instrumental in pulling everything together to ensure the club meets the criteria, providing evidence that the Charter Standard ethos is definitely running throughout the club.”
FA Charter Standard makes a positive difference to the way clubs are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. This positive atmosphere encourages participation and helps to both grow and sustain the game.
Club Secretary at Salisbury FC Youth, Michaela Winter said, “We are very proud to be an FA Charter Standard Club. We have over 200 children, from under 7 to 18 years olds, and we are passionate that they all have fun, develop and ultimately love the game. By achieving this Standard we are showing our dedication to providing an enjoyable environment for our next generation of football enthusiasts.”
Salisbury FC Youth, run by over 40 volunteers, is the youth section of Salisbury FC. The Raymond McEnhall (Ray Mac) Stadium, a purpose built 5,000 capacity stadium is home to Salisbury FC, hosts 6-a-side stadium tournament held each May for the youth teams.
Tim concludes, “The criteria clubs have to meet is challenging but achievable. We support clubs through the process and encourage more clubs to contact us to find out more about becoming an FA Charter Standard club.”
There are benefits for clubs to be accredited to The FA Charter Standard such as information on key events, player and volunteer recruitment and retention and kit vouchers. Wiltshire FA are committed to developing and supporting grassroots football and are working to develop additional, local benefits for FA Charter Standard clubs in Wiltshire.
Find out more about The FA Charter Standard