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Club and League Development

FA Club & League FORUM

In the coming weeks, clubs and leagues across the region will be able to enjoy a brand-new series of podcasts, focusing on finances.

The Money Matters series consists of four episodes, which will be released every Wednesday in July for listeners to enjoy at their own convenience.

Here’s a brief run through what each episode will touch on.

An Introduction to Club Finance

Begin to gain an understanding of accounts and how to ask the appropriate questions at your next club or league committee meeting.   

Ways in Which to Manage Your Money

Exploring the main responsibilities when it comes to managing money as well as the valuable internal controls which can be used to support this. 

How to Work Best Within the Budgets You Have 

Understand how you can prepare and review budgets with confidence and work within your club or leagues means. 

Understanding Different Taxes

An overview of the different taxes and where to find further information on these taxes.

You will be required to sign up to receive the links to each podcast, which will be released every Wednesday evening at 8pm.

To sign up, please click here

Open Club Matters Workshops
The virtual Club Matters workshops are proving popular, so to make sure their team can get as many club volunteers onto the sessions as possible Sport England are promoting the following open workshops. The links below take you to the booking page for each individual session.
All of the following sessions will be held at 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Marketing - Tuesday 16th June 2020.
Participant Experience - Thursday 18th June 2020.
Volunteer Experience - Wednesday 24th June 2020.
Legal Structures - Thursday 2nd July 2020.
Leadership Teams - Thursday 9th July 2020.
Planning for the Future - Thursday 16th July 2020.

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