Setting the Standard
The Cleveland Youth Football League has been awarded the FA Charter Standard League award and was presented with their Charter Standard plaque on Thursday 10th December by the North Riding County Football Association Development Manager Steven Wade at County Headquarters.
The FA Charter Standard League award is a national kite mark recognising those leagues that are providing quality football opportunities in a safe environment.
Bernie Nicholson Cleveland Youth League Secretary said “We have been working very hard alongside the North Riding County FA for the past 6-12 months to ensure that our league met the high standards required to receive such an accolade.” He continued “There are many benefits from being awarded this status but the most important benefit is the recognition, from The FA that the league demonstrates to all members, parents and the public that we are a well organised, safe league offering opportunities for all.
Tom Radigan North Riding County Chief Executive said “Here at North Riding County Football Association we are committed to raising the standards of grassroots football by encouraging more people to play, to develop their skills, and to enjoy the game in the right environment. We encourage leagues to work towards achieving Charter Standard status so we can continue to improve the national game."
Jamie Clarke the Respect Lead Officer said “The Cleveland Youth League have led the way in youth football within the North Riding County FA by implementing the key elements of the FA’s Respect programme. They have been keen to become operational as soon as possible and have fully taken on board the ethos of the programme”.
By achieving Charter Standard status, a league will:
· Gain recognition that it is committed to a quality experience for all
· Gain recognition as a well run league
· Have procedures in place to improve standards of behaviour
· Demonstrate a commitment to investing in its workforce
· Have a clear development plan in place
· Have an agreed support package with the CFA
· Will be perceived more favourably by its member clubs.