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Club and League Development

FA Club & League Webinar - How To Use SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTIVELY 

The FA’s next Club and League Forum webinar is set to focus on how you can use social media effectively.

The online workshop will be taking place on Wednesday 13 May 2020 from 8pm.

During the course of the 90-minute webinar, clubs and leagues will be able to look into the range of social media channels that are available to them – and how to best maximise their functionalities and save volunteer time.

To register a place on the How to Use Social Media Effectively webinar, please click here

Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme open to all grassroots clubs and leagues.

It aims to raise standards in the grassroots game, supporting the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding commitment, quality and achievement.

Findings show that FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are more sustainable. If you would like further details on the accreditation please CLICK HERE or do not hesitate to get in touch via

FA League IT Grant

Due to the increasing requirement of using technology within football administration, The FA provides sanctioned leagues with grants to support financial costs in adopting technology. The grant is available to all sanctioned leagues which meet the eligibility criteria below, prioritising leagues that use FA systems such as Full Time and Whole Game System Player Registration.

The primary use of any equipment purchased must be to assist the administration of the league and should be regarded as essential for that administration.  

For more information on the criteria and how to apply, please CLICK HERE

Engaging with Under-18s Online - Extended Safeguarding Guidance

During the Covid-19 pandemic and what is likely to be on going ways of working, The FA has extended its safeguarding guidance for anyone working in football who engages online with under-18s.

The extended guidance is contained in two new safeguarding guidance notes – one for club coaches/managers and the other for parents/carers. A link to each document is given below.

The coaches/managers’ guidance outlines best practice on all aspects of communicating online with under-18 players, i.e. the appropriate setting, session content and general behaviour etc.

The parents/carers’ guidance focuses more on general tips on children’s online activities now and in the future – as well as expectations they should have of the club to which their child(ren) belong.

We are encouraging every league and club in the county to review the new guidance and distribute the relevant link to your coaches and parents as soon as possible, so you can keep abreast of best practice when engaging with children (i.e. in football, under 18-year-olds).

Online Procedures for coaches/managers 

Online Tips for parents/carers