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Maintaining our Club Charter Standard

To maintain our Club FA Charter Standard, we are audited every year (March) and the following requirements are assessed:

- Every team/coaching group has a first aider (aged 16+) (3 year CLASSROOM renewal) or medical practitioner (eg. a GP)
- U21 and younger teams must have a coach with FA Level 1 (minimum) in Coaching Football (aged 16+) (doesn't expire)
- U21 and younger .... coach must have FA Safeguarding Children classroom module (3 year ONLINE renewal)
- Any team with players under 18 years of age need coaches/helpers (including first aiders) with DBS (formerly CRB) (3 year ONLINE renewal through the Club)
- Referees (age 14+) need a Mini-Soccer course (6 hours of study for 5v5 and 7v7) or Basic Refereeing course (24 hours of study for 9v9/11v11) plus DBS and FA Safeguarding Children. Referees get well paid per game!

Ideally senior teams also achieve Level 1/2 minimum coaching qualifications but the idea is that this is phased in through the junior systems. Senior teams may also include U18 age players ... so DBS/Safeguarding requirements will apply.

The Club will run some internal courses but it is the team/individuals responsibility to keep up to date.

If you have none of the above then you will need a FA FAN number to get started (any coach, parent or other helper can get one and this links to the England Supporters Club too):

If you have lost your FAN number or password then same link but choose 'retreive' :

Please email a new FAN number to the Club and we will add you to our Charter Standard system

Also email any current non-FA First Aid certificates (3 year renewal) to for checking if they are FA valid.

The Safeguarding Children course must be the FA version.

For DBS renewal please email and we will send you a link.

To check your qualifications and run FA Online courses please login here: https://

Please keep up to date each year and a COACHING LICENCE is now required, free of charge and required 3 hours online/other training per year..


Any cost of courses can be reclaimed (using the course email confirmation as proof) via

Note the ONLINE RESPECT course for PARENTS/CARERS and a certificate can be printed. Use this in case of problems.

The FA Coaching Pathway:

Latest CLASSROOM based courses in neighbouring FA areas:

Level 1


Also CMCoaching

Please help to keep us as a responsible Club

Where next?

Respect Codes of Conduct - Juniors and Youth Please communicate at the start of each season via Respect briefings to players and adults (coaches,


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