ONCHAN AFC have become the latest Manx football club to achieve FA Charter Standard status.
Charter Standard, which is the FA's kitemark scheme for quality assurance, shows that the club is well run and has a clear code of rules that make reference to membership, equality and discipline among other things and ensures that the club has codes of conduct for coaches, managers, players, parents and spectators.
Parents can be assured that all coaches working within junior teams are qualified, have completed CRB checks and attended emergency aid and safeguarding children workshops.
Charter Standard adult clubs are clubs with open age teams only – for these to qualify, one representative from each team must have an emergency aid certificate.
Charter Standard status is a key benchmark for quality and is looked upon by funding agencies such as the Football Foundation when clubs apply for grant aid. Umbro also endorse the scheme and provide 100 worth of kit and equipment vouchers to those who have attained the award.
Onchan are the 11th club on the Isle of Man to achieve the award, meaning that more than 70 per cent of junior teams playing within the Isle of Man FA Junior League are playing in Charter Standard clubs.
The Isle of Man FA has set a target of becoming the first county FA to have 100 per cent of the clubs associated with it having Charter Standard status.
For more information about the FA Charter Standard scheme, please contact the football development officer Jack Walton on 613750.