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Lexden Saints is proud to announce we have recently achieved FA Charter Standard.

The FA Charter Standard programme is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, Lexden Saints is demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that we are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all.

Ultimately this means Lexden Saints is working towards providing the best possible opportunities for kids to have fun, learn and develop.

FA Charter Standard is an award Lexden Saints has been working towards for some time, and there were many obstacles to be overcome in our pursuit of this standard.

We have had to prepare and work towards a club development plan (a shared vision that identifies our purpose). We’ve also had to think about the future growth of the club, we’ve had to secure a club base for matches (Thomas Lord Audley School), ensure all managers and coaches are qualified to FA Level 1 standard as a minimum. Also, every manager, coach, helper and committee member is CRB checked and all the relevant people have current Emergency Aid and Safeguarding Children certificates.

The FA, in conjunction with various bodies, has drawn up the following set of criteria for clubs wishing to reach Charter Standard:

  1. A written constitution
  2. FA CRB checked volunteers
  3. All managers to have minimum of FA Level 1 Coaching Course
  4. Commitment to attend in-service training
  5. Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct
  6. Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10’s
  7. Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all