The FA Charter Standard programme assesses the ability of leagues to provide a high-quality, safe and enjoyable football experience against a standard set of criteria. It also encourage leagues to continuously develop through on-going support from county FA staff, as well as review and progress a league development plan.
With this in mind, The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues adjudged to be well run and sustainable, and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
After a lot of hard work by members of the League committee, the OMYFL achieved League Charter Standard status in 2012, but what does this mean to the Oxford Mail Youth Football League?
The League has in place a Development Plan (LDP) showcasing a clear set of actions that will make a practical difference to the league at grassroots, and the progress of their member clubs and players within it.
Improved sustainability for the league.
The league will become more attractive to clubs as research shows FA Charter Standard leagues grow their team numbers.
Greater investment from County FA and sponsors.
In October 2013, The Oxford Mail Youth League won two honours at the Oxfordshire Football Association awards night. We picked up both the Charter Standard League and Youth Respect League of the year awards.
The Oxford Mail Youth Football League has approximately 73% of its member teams at CS level and we are supporting the remaing 17% to help them achieve this. Clubs who which to attain Charter Standard ststus should contact the League Secretary for further information, or contact their County FA development team.
In order to help clubs achieve Charter Standard status, we is developing a resource pack which will be available for download shortly. This pack includes a CS criteria checklist (correct as of October 2018), useful templates for standard policies, links to downloads and guidance on steps to take and where to obtain further information.
Photo: 6th April 2012. Owain Prosser, from the Oxfordshire Football Association, presents officials from the Oxford Mail Boys League with their League Charter Standard award before the Oxford United FC home game v Wycombe Wanderers. From left: Paul Lyon (fixtures & referees secretary), Steve Simmonds (general secretary), Mary Simmonds (registrations and CS coordinator), Paul Harvey (chairman), Owain Prosser (OFA), ? (Oxford Mail)
Photo: October 2013. Oxford Mail Youth League committee members Mary and Steve Simmonds, flanked by Oxford United youth team manager Chris Allen and first-team No 2 Mickey Lewis, after receiving their honours.