FAW Club Accreditation

A guide to getting your club FAW accredited to the highest possible standard


What is club accreditation?

Our club accreditation programme helps us to grow the game, in a safe, effective and responsible manner.

The aim of the scheme is to raise standards at every junior club in Wales' six area associations, so parents can be confident in the care their children will receive at their chosen clubs.

We do this by ensuring clubs have more and better coaches, all qualifications are valid and the provision and procedures in place are conducive to positive experiences for all our players. 

The results of our Club Accreditation survey say 74% of clubs felt that club accreditation had a positive impact on club development by raising coaching standards, increasing the profile of the club and improving club structures.

Our Club Accreditation Criteria explains what clubs need to achieve for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Standard level accreditation

Each club needs to completes a club accreditation application for the FAW to assess what level they're operating at, in terms of coaching, safeguarding and governance.

In achieving an accreditation level, each club will get access to a tiered rewards package to recognise their achievements but also incentivise them to gain a higher level. 

Why does my club need accreditation?

Put simply, without accreditation your club wouldn't be allowed to play. Each club needs to achieve Standard level to be permitted to play affiliated junior football every season. 

But it's far more than that. It's the best way to convince parents of potential players, coaches and volunteers that you are a well-run club that meets FAW coaching and safeguarding standards and is attractive to join. 

Sounds great. Where do I sign? 

The first thing you need to do is look at our club accreditation criteria, so you are fully aware of the accreditation criteria at each level.

Then you need to submit an FAW Club Accreditation application annually ahead of the new season. This application will be available through the Licence section of your COMET club account. If you do not have access to a Club Accreditation application, contact the COMET team. 

Once your application is submitted, we can assess which level you are currently operating at and accredit you accordingly for the season ahead.

For further support and guidance click on the supporting resources below. 

Webinar: Club accreditation and Coach Education
Webinar: Club accreditation and Coach Education

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