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Essex FA go on Charter Standard Workshop tour

Fri 21st Jan 2011 | Football Governance

Essex County FA Club Development Officer Ian Bent plans to tour Essex starting in February as the FA Charter Standard Programme hits the road with a range of workshops and in-service training events to suit all tastes!

All corners of the County will receive a visit from the Charter Standard Workshop Tour between now and March as work continues to offer the best range of application opportunities and training resources for grassroots clubs in Essex. Starting and finishing at Chelmsford’s County Office, eight dates have been set for clubs to visit and discover the benefits of the programme, aligned with five other training events for existing Charter Standard Clubs and Leagues.

“We hope to see any clubs who are working towards the Charter Standard or those who’d like to find out more,” explained Ian. “The advantage of the tour is that it enables us to go around the County and meet with clubs one-to-one and provide assistance, help with their applications and make things as simple as possible. Whether this is their first or last step along the Charter Standard process, I’m confident that attending a workshop will be of benefit to all clubs.”

Designed in 2001, the Charter Standard initiative was launched to improve grassroots football and make a difference in local communities around the Country. The scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League as a benchmark for quality. Essex has more than 150 clubs signed-up and over half the County’s youth teams are currently enjoying the programme’s merits.

Exclusive, in-service training is one of the benefits available to Charter Clubs and the first event on the current schedule is a practical ‘Modifying and Developing Practices’ Workshop delivered by Essex County FA Coaching Development Officer Gary Piggott and FA Regional Coaching Managers. This will show coaches the different mechanisms to adapt and progress sessions from a basic starting point and how to utilise various ways of differentiating when coaching.

A Football Futures (formerly FA Step into Sport) Workshop will then provide an overview of the leadership and volunteering programme for young people aged 14-19 years old and an Equality Workshop will examine ways of breaking down barriers to participation and creating links with all aspects of local communities. This precedes further workshops on School-Club Links and coaching the transition from mini-soccer to 11v11 football.

Ian added: “Part of the Charter Standard criteria is that clubs must attend at least one in-service event each season and the wide range of topics, tutors and venues we use means there is usually something for everyone. We’ve now released details of the next five events, with two more to come in the summer, so there’s no excuse not to find something of value to your club!”






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