FA Accreditation status:
Formerly known as Charter Standard status pre covid, the club continues to achieve accreditation status as a club with the F.A.
The elevated status brings with it a number of benefits for the club and its members and evidences the continued progress we have made in ensuring it achieves high standards in what it does, whilst retaining its community atmosphere.
The club management committee will continue to take the club further forward and ensure that our members and their families continue to love grassroots football.
The club rules and regulations as detailed below are effective until amended at a club general meeting.
- Any member of the club or an associate of them is found to be guilty of conduct not befitting the club may be fined, suspended or expelled by decision of the management committee. The management committee will meet to consider any relevant matters and decide upon any action to be taken, with the individual being notified of any decision in writing.
- All members are required to pay training fees in advance, as required by the club.
- Where a member received a fine from an affiliated league or Kent FA, the club are required to pay said fine within fourteen days, on the members behalf. The club will then recover those costs from the member direct, or their parent or guardian. Failure to pay within these timescales may result in the member being suspended until payment is received.
- All members who are registered to play for one of the club’s teams must endeavour to attend all training sessions and matches. It is the decision of team managers as to who will play in matches. Where a member may not be available, they must inform the relevant team manager as soon as possible to make them aware.
- The annual membership fee is payable before the relevant season commences. Anyone who may have issues not being able to do so should contact either the club’s chairman or secretary, to discuss possible options.
- Official club kit and clothing should be worn by all members for all matches without exception. The wearing of any form of trousers is not permitted, with the exception of goalkeepers at the discretion of team managers.
- No member can take part in training or in matches unless they are wearing shin pads. Football boots must be worn except at the team managers discretion.
- First and/or emergency aid may only be provided by a FA qualified first aider, who has completed the relevant course within the previous three years.
- All kit and equipment remain the property of the club at all times. Members and their parents or guardians will be liable for any damage to kit in their possession.
- These rules may be amended at any general meeting of the club, or temporarily at the discretion of the club chairman.
The club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child or young person under the age of eighteen years, at the commencement of each season. The club is committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for all of its members.
We subscribe to the F.A.’s safeguarding, child protection policies and best practice and adopt these within this document.
The key principles of the F.A.’s child protection policy is that:
- The welfare of the member is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
- All members have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or guardians is essential.
- We acknowledge that every child or young person who participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected form poor practice or abuse.
The club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
The club have a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all under the age of eighteen years by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that the F.A.’s child protection regulations (see The F.A. Handbook) apply to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. All team managers, coaches and other volunteers need to report any instances of where you know or suspect potential instances to the club’s welfare officer(s).
We endorse and adopt the F.A.’s child protection and best practice guidelines for recruiting volunteers and will:
- Develop a role profile;
- Request identification documents;
- As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing;
- Request references and follow them up before appointing;
- Require a F.A. DBS unit enhanced disclosure to be completed.
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become involved with the club, guidance will be sought from Kent F.A. It is noted and accepted that the F.A. will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained and all decisions will be made in the best interests of those aged under eighteen.
It is accepted that the aim is to prevent anyone with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with anyone under the age of eighteen and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with those under the age of eighteen. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm and to minimize the risk of grooming within football.
The club has appointed a club welfare officer(s) in-line with the F.A. approved role profile and the requirement to complete child protection and best practice courses.
The club welfare office is the first point of contact for all club members and their parents and guardians in regard to concerns re the welfare of anyone under the age of eighteen. Contact information is provided at the end of this document. The club welfare officer will liaise with the club management committee and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. The child welfare officer will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of poor practice and abuse among club members.
We acknowledge and endorse the F.A.’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the club welfare officer, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the Kent F.A. child protection officer.
Codes of conduct for players, parents, spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by the club.
In order to validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by affiliated leagues or Kent F.A. in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.
Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
The club welfare officer – Kerry Butler – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent F.A. – email@example.com
F.A. and NSPCC Helpline 0800 023 2642 – www.nspcc.org.uk
Club Management Committee
Chairman Neil Hadley – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07812 004513
Secretary Martin Colwell – email@example.com – 07734 915164
CWO Kerry Butler – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07828 696052
Treasurer Sandy Turner – email@example.com – 07572 434265
Under 8’s Tom Revell – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07872 916699
Under 9’s Aaron Davis – email@example.com – 07921 631484
Under 11’s Paul Dew – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07769 261943
Under 12’s Aaron Moffat – email@example.com – 07407 063300
Under 15’s David Turner – David.firstname.lastname@example.org – 07845 112513
Rising Stars Academy – Chairman as above & David Turner as above
Martin Colwell – August 2023 version.