Patcham United FC is a club with a long tradition. For us, it’s not all about serious training: we love it when our teams win, but we’re just as enthusiastic about our groups that simply meet for fun.
We don’t differentiate between our members. Anyone is welcome to join us. Our qualified managers and coaches are team members just like anyone else and will be happy to tell you more about the sports activities we offer and help you find the place that’s right for you.
We’re always happy to welcome new members who are interested in joining in with club activities, helping us organise events or excursions and being part of our community.
All Club Coaches are FA qualified, covering football coaching, first aid and child protection. We are a FA Charter Standard Club, proving via independent inspection, that we are “doing things right”.
The FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald’s, was launched in February 2001 with the aim of setting standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people.
The programme is aimed at boys and girls under sixteen years old and will help children and parents find a club in their local area that meets FA standards. Then- Ex FA Chief Executive Adam Crozier explained the importance of Charter Standard: “The FA is committed to raising the standard of grassroots football in England to encourage more people to play, to develop their skills
and to enjoy the game in the right environment. Clubs who become Charter Standard will be taking part in a genuine grassroots revolution. Every club should be aiming to meet the Charter Standard.” Ex Premiership Manager Harry Redknapp helped launch the scheme. “I knew where to send my kids to get a proper football education but most mums and dads aren’t so lucky. That’s why The FA Charter Standard for clubs is such a good idea. For the first time, parents will know the best clubs in their local area to coach their children.”
England Women’s International footballer, Marieanne Spacey, was delighted that Charter Standard will give equal priority to women’s football: “This project will increase the opportunities for girls to play football and will help the development of women’s football as a sport in this country.”
The FA, in conjunction with various bodies, has drawn up the following set of criteria for clubs wishing to reach Charter Standard:
*A written constitution, Self-certified screening of managers, coaches and officials.
*All managers to have minimum of FA Junior Team Managers Award
*Commitment to attend in-service training
*Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct
*Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10’s
*Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all
Questions and Answers about Charter Standards Clubs
Q Can any club apply?
A Yes, any club which operates teams at Under 16 level and below.
Q Is it difficult to achieve?
A Any award, worth having, does require an element of work. However, particularly for the Club award, the criteria has been set so it is attainable for every club.
Q What are the benefits?
A The “visible” benefits are listed in the brochure. But it’s the “hidden” benefits that should be of most importance to your club. By achieving a Charter Standard Award, you are demonstrating to all members, Parents and the public, that you are a well organized & safe club. The ‘hidden’ benefits are also an excellent way of promoting your club to potential members, parents, volunteers and sponsors.
Q How long does the award last?
A The Charter Standard is an award for three years.
We have over 350 members and continue to expand our services and activities. We do not discriminate on the grounds of ability and all are welcome to join us. Our simple philosophy is “Football For All”.
Come along and see what we do . . . .