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Club and League Development

Club Matters

Sport England’s Club Matters website is now up and running! This new section has been populated with a number of new resources, case studies and guidance, with more being developed soon. All resources are designed to provide some helpful advice for all clubs and delivery organisations throughout this period.


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

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

The FA Club Structures Guide

Click here for the latest Club Structures Guide. For any further support please contact