Our photograph shows Tim Jones, Football Development Officer for the Broxtowe area, presenting the clubs Charter Standard plaque to secretary Deb Bennett, in front of the stand at the Play Soccer USA area. Tim and Deb have worked closely over the past few months to ensure that the club met the criteria.
Tim commented "Eastwood CFC have worked hard to get all of their coaches qualified and to meet the standards set by The FA's Charter Standard program. The club are growing in size and are making full use of the facilities they have at the ground, it's great to see so many local kids playing regularly on the pitch. I'm sure the club will continue to grow in the coming years."
Deb told Notts FA "We are really pleased to have been awarded Charter Standard status byThe FA, it is down to the hard work of all our coaches, volunteers and everyone associated with the club. We now have thriving adult and junior sections, and these have now been joined by the ladies section, which is a brilliant step for the club. We will be working with Nottinghamshire FA over the coming months to achieve Community Club status, which is where we want to be!"
Charter Standard remains an important part of The FA's aim to improve the experience of players in grassroots football. All clubs are encouraged to achieve Charter Standard status, and to maintain this through the Annual Health Check process each year. One of the many benefits is that all players are coached by FA qualified coaches, who have a valid Criminal Records Check (CRC) Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children certificates, as well as their coaching qualification.
Any club who are keen to apply to become Charter Standard can get advice from one of the Nottinghamshire FA Football Development team:
Leanne Woodhead - City and Gedling - Leanne.Woodhead@nottinghamshirefa.com
Callum Convery - Rushcliffe/Newark and Sherwood/Bassetlaw - Callum.Convery@nottinghamshirefa.com
Tim Jones - Ashfield/Mansfield/Broxtowe - Tim.Jones@nottinghamshirefa.com