Proposed amendments to the Club Accredatation Programme were approved by the FAW Council in April 2012 and the Regulations Governing the Implementation of the Club Accreditation Scheme have been updated - Please click here for the full regulation document.
As you will identify from the Regulations extract, the main changes are as follows :
1. Clubs will hold their Accredited status for 3 seasons (previously 1 season).
2. Clubs may progress towards a higher level during this time, however this must be within the Accreditation audit window (October 1st – November 30th). If successful, the club will hold the higher Accredited status for another 3 seasons.
3. Clubs must upload their details on to the Junior Football Portal.
4. Reference made to the Goalpost Safety guidelines.
Those clubs that did not complete the Accreditation Scheme last season, or have since failed to complete the conditional aspect of their Accreditation award, must go through the process again in the 2012/2013 season. Football Development Officers will be on hand to identify and fully support these clubs (as well as any new clubs that have come into existence).
The central aim of the Club Accreditation Scheme is to increase regular participation amongst boys and girls. This will be achieved through assisting clubs to deliver a quality assured football programme.
The criteria of the club accreditation scheme varies between levels but focuses on the following key areas:
- Constitution and affiliation.
- Player welfare and equal opportunities.
- Coach education.
- Equipment and faciilities.
- Player and Volunteer recruitment and development.
- Identification and support of talented players.
The Accreditation levels.
The scheme has four levels of accreditation for clubs to work to towards:
- Standard Award - mandatory for all clubs playing within junior football.
- Bronze Award.
- Silver Award.
- Gold Award.
Benefits of the scheme
- Improved image of your club.
- Use of a charter marked logo.
- kit voucher system for bronze, silver and gold.
- Ongoing professional support from Football Development Officer.
- Resource folder to aid club organisation.