The FA Charter Standard programme, supported by McDonald’s is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football.

The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, and place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual Health Check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.