The WFA work closely with the Football Association and the County Football Association network.  The WFA insist all Powerchair Football club are affiliated to their local County FA and we recommend that you work towards achieving FA Charter Standard.

The FA Charter Standard is a programme which recognises and rewards high-quality levels of provision in club and league football. Its awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

The FA Charter Standard was launched in 2001 and now has 6800 clubs, with 653 advanced level Community Clubs and 300 leagues. Currently, it is a major focus of The FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry-level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria is challenging, but is attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.

Criteria for achieving the entry-level award include:

  • having a trained Welfare Officer,
  • CRB checks for all volunteers,
  • Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team,
  • Respect programme sign-up,
  • a Level One coach for each youth team,
  • appropriate club administration in place,
  • a volunteer co-ordinator.

The benefits for an FA Charter Standard club include:

  • free tickets (upon application for England youth and women’s internationals),
  • local in-service FA coaching events,
  • club administration support sessions
  • support with funding applications.

The ‘hidden’ benefits are key to most clubs working towards FA Charter Standard. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all.

To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to your County FA with the requested supporting evidence.