AFC Rushden & Diamonds are pleased to advise their supporters that the Club’s Charter Standard status has been re-awarded following the regular annual “healthcheck” being successfully carried out. Club Officials Stacey Hawkins and James Waller completed this review this morning, thus ensuring that we remain compliant with Charter Standard expectations, a status we achieved at the start of the 2013/14 season. The club is very grateful for the support received from the Northamptonshire FA as we completed the healthcheck.
The FA Charter Standard programme, supported by McDonalds, is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount. The criteria is challenging and include having a trained Welfare Officer, CRB checks for all volunteers working with children, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordinator. We are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that we are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all.