Lancing FC are pleased to become the 9th club in the county of Sussex to reach the highest level of accreditation offered by the Football Association, achieving Community Club status under the FA’s Charter Standard programme.
Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme, supported by McDonald’s, is the FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.
With this in mind, FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:
FA Charter Standard Club for youth and adult clubs: the entry-level accreditation
FA Charter Standard Development Club: for clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
FA Charter Standard Community Club: acknowledging the most advanced level of club development and football provision.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the club” said Daniel Fuller-Smith Secretary and Charter Development Officer for Lancing FC. “Gaining community club charter status was core to our first year’s objectives and we put a lot of work in over the summer to ensure that the foundations were in place to allow an application as a community club”.
Lancing FC Youth Secretary Brendan Carey added: “Extending our status from standard to community club status recognises the commitment that the club has building the best environment for our players and coaches. We believe that better coaches together with better facilities will attract better players. This has been a busy year as we have put a lot of the focus on improving our coaching across the club".
Club Chairman, Steve Taylor, added: “Putting a 5 year plan in place as part of the application has given the club the focus it needs to put the right building blocks in place. This will see us become an SSE Wildcats centre and we are starting a disability side for the 2019-20 season”.