Football in Jersey is to receive a £20,000 cash boost from the One Foundation as part of an investment in club development and improving standards in grass roots soccer. Individual cash incentives will be available to clubs who achieve specific targets set out in their annual development plans, which are submitted for approval to the JFA.
Steve Jacobs, One Foundation Council Member said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the JFA to provide assistance to football clubs to support the development of the game, particularly at the grass roots level. The objectives of the F.A. Charter Standard programme, which focuses on delivering best practices across football, align with our own core vision and values for supporting sport locally. We have been impressed with the way in which local clubs have implemented the requirements of the scheme and we are keen to support them as they continue to improve and maintain these standards as well achieving other key objectives identified in their development plans”
The sponsorship from the One Foundation will be targeted to support clubs in the production of their annual football development plans that link to the FA National Game Strategy plus, the completion of the annual FA Charter Standard Health Check process. Plans will focus on a range of objectives and targets, including effective administration, the development of players and coaches, promoting the FA RESPECT programme and implementing FA Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures. Clubs will also be expected to attain the Jersey Club Mark status due to be launched early in 2014. Targets for the Jersey Football Combination League (JFC) will be to produce an annual league development plan, completing the FA Charter Standard health check, implementing recommendations from the FA Youth Development Review, supporting the development of new referees, fair play awards and improving efficiency in administration.
Neville Davidson, CEO at the JFA said: “The FA Charter Standard scheme is the nationally recognised benchmark for Leagues and Clubs and we are one of the first County F.A.s to have our League and all of our Clubs achieve this benchmark. This sponsorship of the scheme by the One Foundation comes at an opportune time as it will allow the JFC and its clubs to continue investing in improvements in the way in which football is delivered, particularly at grass root levels. We are all well aware of the need to maintain investment in the coach education programme and the safety and welfare of everyone participating in the game and the financial incentives for clubs, provided by the One Foundation investment, will allow this to continue and also assist in the achievement of club development initiatives.”
The F.A. Charter Standard programme is the National benchmark standard that the FA looks to Leagues and Clubs to attain.