Atherton Collieries recently received confirmation from the Lancashire FA that they are now an FA Charter Standard club.

Joseph Gibbons, the club’s Charter Standard co-ordinator said, “It has been a project we have been working on as a club for quite a while now.”

“We originally started off looking at the application a couple of years ago but it came at the wrong time as we had a major transitional period both on and off the field.

“Since then we have been making sure that the many volunteers and coaches at our club are qualified to the accepted standard. Whether this be through coaching badges, first aid training or through safeguarding measures.

“The latter is a really important subject in football at the moment, so we wanted to make sure we are being proactive by appointing a safeguarding and welfare officer while compiling all the relevant paperwork.

“This step puts in a good place if we look to expand the club in coming seasons. If we wish to set up children’s and youth teams we now have processes in order to ensure the safeguarding of our players”.


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