Huddle Host Club Criteria


1. Host clubs must be a minimum of a ‘standard’ accreditation via the FAW Trust. All criteria must be adhered to in order to apply to be a host centre.

2. Have a Huddle Coordinator appointed in line with the role descriptor provided (can be the same person as the Girls Football Club Coordinator).

3. Appoint a nominated Safeguarding Officer responsible for the Huddle section. Can be the same person as the club Safeguarding Officer but must be present / visible for Huddle participants.

4. All assistant coaches / volunteers must have a valid Enhanced DBS Check via the FAW.

5. Ensure the sessions are taking place in a safe and accessible environment that the participants are comfortable in; i.e. an indoor sports hall, 3G pitch, school yard.

6. All host clubs must adhere to the FAWT data collection guidelines by submitting player name, DOB, email address and number of sessions attended and keep a record of participation at the club.

7. Adhere to the FAW Trust’s request for feedback and insight from participants, parents and workforce throughout the Huddle programme. 8. GDPR guidelines must be adhered to when collecting data and insight. Guidance here

9. Encourage parents / family members to take an active role in the Huddle, particularly recruiting females into assisting with sessions and learning how to coach.

10. Maintain strong communication with the FAW Trust to identify training needs for new or existing volunteers associated with the Huddle.

11. Ensure that Host Clubs and all Huddle sessions adhere to FAW Safeguarding Policies, Practices and Procedures.

12. All external providers are responsible for the Safeguarding and welfare of participants.

13. All deliverers must have a minimum of £5m public liability.


1. Ensure that the Huddle sessions are bespoke to the girls’ needs (i.e. delivered in a sports hall, maintain ethos of fun games) and not catering for existing provision at the club.

2. Ensure all girls are welcomed by the Huddle Coordinator and the ethos is about fun, friendships and building confidence through football.

3. Ensure the sessions are not purely about developing talented footballers, but focus on peer leadership, improving social interaction and exploring what the participants want to learn.

4. Encourage participants to lead the sessions with the guidance of the coaches to develop their creative thinking and confidence in leading others.

5. Coaching ratio of 1:16, with the Lead Coach holding a minimum of a Football Leaders Award and support volunteer who holds a valid DBS.

6. Adopt an equal playing opportunities policy for all participants, regardless of ability.

7. Huddles are aimed at introducing non-registered players within Wales to football.

8. Host clubs are encouraged to run full provision for 5-12 year olds, with sessions split according to age/ability.

9. There must be an exit route team within proximity for girls to transition into if they want to progress from Huddle sessions. This can be within the host club, or an identified neighbouring club with a formal transition agreement in place.