Arrowe Park Blades FC

Constitution and Club Rules

The Club shall be called “Arrowe Park Blades F.C.”

1. Club Colours.

The Club colours (from season 2012-2013) will be Royal Blue & White Hoop Shirts, Blue shorts and blue & white hoop socks.

Away colours will be yellow.

ALL teams representing the club will play in the above Club colours.

2. Objects.

The object of the club shall be to provide facilities, promote the game of Association Football, to arrange matches and social activities for its members and community participation in the same.

3. Status of Rules

These rules (the “Club Rules”) form a binding agreement between each member of the Club.

4. Rules and Regulations

(a) The members of the Club shall so exercise their rights,power and duties and shall, where appropriate use their best endeavors to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affair of the Club are carried out in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated (“Parent County Association”) and Competition in which the Club participates, for the time being in force.

(b) No alterations to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserve the right to approve any proposed changes to the Club Rules.

(c) The Club will also abide by The FA's Child Protection Policies and Procedures,Codes of Conduct and Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy as shall be in place form time to time.

5. Club Membership

(a) The members of the Club from time to time shall be those persons listed in the register of the members (the “Membership Register”) which shall be maintained by the Club Secretary.

(b) Any person who wishes to be a member must apply on the Membership Application Form and deliver it to the Club. Elections to membership shall be at the discretion of the Club Committee and granted in accordance with the anti-discrimination and equality policies which are in place from time to time. An appeal against refusal may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the complaint Procedure in force from time to time. Membership shall become effective upon an applicant's name being entered in the Membership Register.

(c) In the event of a member's resignation or expulsion , his or her name shall be removed from the Membership Register.

(d) The FA and Parent County Association shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand.

6. Annual Membership Fee

(a) An annual fee payable by each member shall be determined from time to time by the Club Committee and set at a level that will not pose a significant obstacle to community participation. Any fee shall be payable on a successful application for membership and annually be each member. Fee shall not be repayable.


(b) The Club Committee shall have the authority to levy further subscriptions from the members as are reasonable to fulfil the object of the Club

7. Resignation and Expulsion

(a) A member shall cease to be a member of the Club if, and from the date, he/she gives notice to the Club Committee of his/her resignation. A member whose annual membership fee of further subscription is more than (2) months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned.

(b) The Club Committee shall have the power to expel a member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interest of the Club for the to remain a member. An appeal against such a decision may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time.

(c) A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the income and assets of the Club (the “Club Property”).

8. Club Committee

(a) The Club Committee shall consist of the following Club Officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Minutes Secretary and up to five other members, elected at an Annual General Meeting.

(b) Each Club Officer and Club Committee Member shall hold from the date of appointment until the next Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) unless otherwise resolved at an Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”). One person may hold no more than two positions of Club Officer at any time. The Club Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club. Decisions of the Club Committee shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Clubs Committee meeting. The Chairperson of the Club Committee Meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie. Meetings of the Club Committee shall be chaired by the Chairman or in their absence the Vice-Chairman .The quorum for the transaction of business of the Club Committee shall be three.

(c) Decisions of the Club Committee of meetings shall be entered into the Minutes Book of the Club to be maintained by the Club Secretary.

(d) Any member of the Club Committee may call a meeting of the Club Committee by giving not less than seven day's notice to all members of the Club Committee.The Club Committee shall hold not less than four meetings a year.

(e) An outgoing member of the Club committee may be re-elected. Any Vacancy on the Club Committee which arises between Annual General Meetings shall be filled by a member proposed by one and seconded by another of the remaining Club Committee members and approved by a simple majority of the remaining Club Committee.

(f) Save as provided for in the Rule and Regulations of The FA, the parent County Association and any applicable Competition, the Club Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Club Rules.

(g) The position of a Club Officer shall be vacated if such person is subject to a decision of the FA that such person be suspended from holding office or from taking part in any football activity relating to the administration or management of a football club.

9. Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings

(a) An AGM shall be held in each year to:

  • receive a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year;

  • receive a report of the Club's finances over the previous year:

  • elect the members of the Club Committee;

  • and consider any other business.

(b) Nominations for election of members as Club Officers or as members of the Club Committee shall be made in writing by the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be existing members of the Club, to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the AGM. Notice of any resolution to be proposed at the AGM shall be given in writing to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the meeting.

(c) An EGM may be called at any time by the Club Committee and shall be called within 21 days of the receipt by the Club Secretary of a requisition in writing, signed by not less than five members stating the purposes for which the Meeting is required and the resolutions purposed. Business at an EGM may be any business be transacted at an AGM.

(d) The Secretary shall send to each member at their last known address written notice of a General Meeting (whether an AGM or an EGM) together with the resolutions to be proposed at least 14 days before the meeting.

(e) The quorum for a General Meeting shall be

(f) The Chairperson, or in their absence a member selected by the Club Committee, shall take the chair. Each member present shall have one vote and resolution shall be passed by a simple majority. In the event of an equality of votes the chairperson of the Meeting shall have a casting vote.

(g) The Club Secretary, or in their absence a member of the Club Committee, shall enter Minutes of General Meetings into the Minute Book of the Club.

10. Club Teams

At its first meeting following each AGM the Club Committee shall appoint a Club member to be responsible for each Club's football teams. The appointed members shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the team. The appointed members shall present to the Club Committee at its last meeting prior to the AGM a written report of the activities of the team.

11. Club Finances

(a) A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the Club (the “Club Account”). Designated accounts signatories shall be the Club Chairperson, the Club Secretary and the Treasurer. No sum shall be drawn from the Club Account except by cheque signed by two of the three designated signatories. All monies payable to the Club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in the Club Account.

(b) The Club Property shall be applied only in furtherance of the object of the Club. The distribution of profits or proceeds arising from the sale of Club Property to members is prohibited.

(c  The Club Committee shall have power to authorize the payment of remuneration and expenses to any member of the Club (although a Club shall not remunerate a member for playing)and to any other person or persons for serviced rendered to the Club.

(d) The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, away match expenses, post-match refreshment and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.

(e) The Club may also in connection with the sport purposes of the Club:

  1. Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment;
  2. employ members (although not for paying) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Club Committee without the person concerned being present;
  3. pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests;
  4. and Indemnify the Club Committee and members acting in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).


(f ) The Club shall keep accounting records for recording the fact and nature of all payments and receipts so as to disclose, with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position,including the assets and liabilities of the Club. The Club must retain its accounts for a minimum of six years.

(g) The Club shall prepare an annual “Financial Statement”, in such format as shall be available from The FA from time to time. The Financial Statement shall be verified by an independent, appropriately qualified accountant and shall be approved by members at general meeting. A copy of any Financial Statement, on demand, be forwarded to the FA.

(h ) The Club Property, other than the Club Account, shall be vested in not less than two and more no more than four custodians, one of whom shall be the Treasurer (“the Custodians”),who shall deal with the Club Property as directed by decisions of the Club Committee and entry in the Minute Book shall be conclusive evidence of such a decision.

(I ) The Custodians shall be appointed by the Club in a General Meeting and shall hold office until death or resignation unless removed by a resolution passed at a General Meeting.

(J) On their removal of resignation a Custodian shall execute a Conveyance in such form as is published by The FA from time to time to a newly elected Custodian or the existing Custodians as directed by the Club Committee. The Club shall, on request make a copy of any Conveyance available The FA . On the death of a Custodian, any Club Property vested in them shall vest automatically in the surviving Custodians. If there is only one surviving custodian,an EGM shall be convened as soon as possible to appoint another Custodian.

(k) The Custodians shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the Club Property for all expenses and other liabilities reasonably incurred by them in carrying out their duties.

12. Dissolution

(a) A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at a General Meeting and shall be carried by a majority of at least three-quarters of the members present.

(b) The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Club Committee shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.

(c ) Any Surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the Club shall be transferred to another Club,a Competition, the Parent County Association or The FA for use by them for related community Sport.


Code of Conduct for Football

Arrowe Park Blades FC Code of Conduct for Football


Football, at all level, is vital part of a community. Football will take into account community feeling when making decisions.


Football is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it,in whatever form, from being expressed.


Football recognizes the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Football is committed to appropriate consultation.

Young People

Football acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example.


Football acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standard of financial and administrative behaviour within the game, and will not tolerate or improper practices.

Trust and Respect

Football will uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, club or other organizations.


Football rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.


Football is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

Integrity and Fair Play

Football is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.


Code of Conduct for Coaches

Arrowe Park Blades FC Code of Conduct for Coaches/Managers

  1. Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  2. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  3. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  4. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain person benefit or reward.
  5. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  6. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  7. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and where appropriate, parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  8. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. Other Coaches, Officials, Sport Scientists, Doctors and Physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  9. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. Fair play) and never condone violations of the law of the game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the law of the game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  10. Coaches must consistently display high standards or behaviour and appearance.
  11. Coaches must participation in all fund-raising if needed.
  12. NOT to use or tolerate inappropriate language
  13. All Annual sign-on fees, at the amount set by the Club Senior Committee, must be paid full to the Club Treasurer by the deadline date given.
  14. All Monthly Team payment, at the amount by the Club's Senior Committee, must be paid in full to the Club Treasures by the deadline date given
  15. All Managers must have an accurate and documented set of accounts which can be requested by the Club Treasurer at any time for Audit purposes
  16. All coaches/managers appointed by the Club will be qualified to a minimum FA Level 1 standard (after a set period
  17. The Club will provide each team representing the Club with Kit,training equipment(within reason),adequate clothing, referee fees and winter training fee's
  18. The appointed coach/manager MUST appoint a team treasurer, who is responsible for the collection of the team subscriptions etc. The team treasurer must report to the Senior Club Treasurer and ALL monies is to be deposited into the club bank account by the Senior Club Treasurer.(a receipt will be issued by the Club Treasurer for monies received).

Code of Conduct for Players.

Arrowe Park Blades FC Code of Conduct for Players

Obligations towards the game:

A Player should:

  1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique,tactics and stamina.

  2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

  3. Set a positive example of others. Especially young players and supporters.

  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time wasting.

  5. Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

  6. Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards ones own team:

A Players should:

  1. Make every effort consistent with fair play and the laws of the game to help his own team win.
  2. Resist any influence which might, or might seem to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.
  3. A Player should pay subs every week even when training is missed.

Respect for the Laws of the Game and Competition Rules.

A Player should:

  1. Know and abide by the Laws, Rules and spirit of the game, and the Competition rules

  2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

  3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents.

A Players should:

  1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

  2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect towards the Match Official

A Player should:

  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead the Match Officials.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Respect toward Team Officials.

A Player Should:

  1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.

  2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition

Obligation towards the supporters.

A Player Should:

  1. Show due respect to the interest of supporters.


Bullying of any kind either verbally or written regarding Players religion, race, colour, appearance or ability level is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Club. Any Player found guilty of bullying following the Clubs agreed disciplinary procedure, will be excluded.


Discipline Procedure

The Player will

  1. Receive a verbal warning

  2. Receive a “Yellow Card”.

  3. Receive a second “Yellow Card”

  4. Receive a “Red Card”

The Player will receive a “Yellow Card” which will be in place for a period of two months.

If no further issues the “Yellow Card” is removed.

However, if further issues arise within the two month period a second “Yellow Card” is issued.

If further issues continue to arise within the two month period a “Red Card” is issued

A “Red Card” = Expulsion from the Club.

When leaving the club.

A Player Should:

  1. Return all kits and team wear.

  2. All subs up-to-date.

  3. Failure to do both for the above will result in not able to sign for another club.


Code of Conduct for Team Officials

Arrowe Park Blades FC Code of Conduct for Team Officials

This Code applies to all teams / Club Officials (although some items may not apply to all officials)

Obligations toward the game.

The Team Official should:

  1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

  2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.

  3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.

  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.

  5. Show due respects to match Officials and others involved in the game.

  6. Always have regards to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

  7. Not use or Tolerate inappropriate language


Obligations toward the Team

The Team Official should:

  1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the Club/ Team, and to obtain the best results by the Team, using all permitted means.

  2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.

  3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

  4. Promote ethical principles.

  5. Show due respect to the interest of Players, Coaches and other Officials, at their own Club/ Team and others.


Obligations toward the Supporters

The Team Official should:

  1. Show due respect to the interest of supporters

Respect towards the Match Officials

The Team Official should:

  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Code of Conduct for Parents/ Carers/ Spectators

Arrowe Park Blades FC Code of Conduct for Parents/ Carers/ Spectators

A Parent's/Spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child's attitude towards:

  • Officials.

  • Managers.

  • Spectators.

  • Other Players.

Parents and Spectators should always be Positive and Encouraging towards ALL of the children not just their own.

Parents and Spectators are encouraged to:

  • Applaud the Opposition Team as well as their own.

  • Avoid coaching the child during the game.

  • Not to shout and scream.

  • Respect the Referee's decision.

  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football NOT just the most talented.

  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

  • All parents must participate in all fund-raising if needed.


Parents/Spectators must agree to adhere to the Club's Codes of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.


Equality Policy

Arrowe Park Blades FC

Equality Policy

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everybody is treated fairly and with respect and that Arrowe Park Blades Football Club is equally accessible to them all.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club is responsible for setting standards and valves to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by,anyone who wants to participant in it.

Our Commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.

This policy is fully supported by the Club Officers who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club, in all it's activities will not discriminate,or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief or disability. It means that Arrowe Park Blades Football Club will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club is committed to taking positive action where inequalities exist, and to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness-raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination and promote equality in football.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation-race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts and any new legislations. 

Equality Policy

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to its attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.

Club Complaints Procedures

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken they should follow the procedures below:

1.They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the Committee

The report should include:

(a) Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place

(b) Any witness statements and names

(c) Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way

(d)Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made

  1. A preference for a solution to the incident .
  2. The Club's Management Committee will sit for any hearing that are requested
  3. The Club's Management Committee will have the power to:
  4. (a) Warn as to future conduct

    (b) Suspend from membership

    (c ) Remove from membership any person found to have broken the Club's Policies or Codes of Conduct.

If the complaint is with regards to the Club's Management Committee the member has the right to report the discrimination direct to the relevant County Football Association.

Child Protection Policy.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club

Child Protection Policy

  1. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and every young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association's child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy statement contained in that document.
  2. The key principles of The FA Child Protection Policy are that:
  • The Child's welfare is, and must always be, the paramount considerations.

  • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their 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 organizations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club recognizes that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

  1. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association's child protection regulations (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on the club tour, football coach, club official or medical staff.
  2. We endorse and adopt The FA'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 and follow up with two references before appointing.

  • Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines. 

All current Arrowe Park Blades Football Club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Arrowe Park Blades Football Club, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The FA CRB Unit Enhanced CRB Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies of practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimize the risk of “Grooming” within football.

    5. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club supports The FA's “whistle blowing” policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can “whistle blow” by contacting The FA Child Protection Manager on 02077454471, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London, W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police,social services or NSPCC. Arrowe Park Blades Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary

    6. We acknowledge and endorse The FA'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 CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying the CFA CPO.

Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Arrowe Park Blades Football 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 leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.

      9. Further advice on Child Protection matters can be obtained from:

  • The County Football Association's Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook.

  • The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection.

  • 24-Hours Helpline 0808 800 5000.


  • The FA Child Protection Team on 0207 745 4649 .

Player Recruitment Policy.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club

Player Recruitment Policy

Identifying a Club's Needs

It is essential to identify a club's recruitment needs in order to select the appropriate group to target. Factors, which may affect target group selection in order to develop the club,i.e. junior ,youth or senior players are as follows:

  • Demand from the local community.

  • Existing playing opportunities (e.g. Local Authority/ Football in the Community schemes/ other local Clubs).

  • Existing league opportunities available (e.g. Mini-Soccer, Girl/ Boys Leagues, County League etc.).

  • Local Schools, Colleges or Universities who are able to provide new Players.

If a group is targeted in order to attract new members, it is important that the appropriate structure and support of the whole club is in place to cater for the needs of the players and that there should be a local opportunity where that new club can play games. It is also important to remember that every player joining your club will probably do so for very different reasons.

Benefits of targeting specific groups

Senior Players

(a ) Are needed to strengthen and develop existing senior and reserve sides.

(b) Assist with the general running of the club, especially coaching younger players and being role models.

(c ) Generate income through increased membership.

(d ) Bring organizational skills to the club through their existing job.

(e ) Raise people from playing side as role models to Junior Youth Players, reflecting exit route for Junior Players.

Junior Youth Players

(a ) Are the future of the sport and of your club.

(b ) Provide future Players, Coaches, Officials and Administrators for all teams.

(c ) Help raise the profile of the club in the local community.

(d ) Provided an opportunity to identify parents who may have footballing or organizational skills; they may wish to assist with administration or organization of the club.

(e ) Assist in the development of existing Coaches and can become potential Coaches themselves.

(f ) Generate income by increased membership and enhance the likelihood of grant aid (see Funding Handbook).

(g ) Provide better access to local authority and school facilities and equipment.

(h ) Are offered the change to participant in meaningful activities which support a young person's health and social skills development.

Methods of Recruitment

There are numerous methods of attracting players to clubs. Activities to recruit new players can be organized in partnership with Local Authority, Sports Development Officers, Football in the Community Officers, County Schools Association, County Football Association, Football Development Officers.

Recruiting in partnership with existing football providers will ensure your club gains maximum promotion opportunities and that every potential player is aware that you are developing a new team.

Player Recruitment (Juniors)

  • Come and Try It, Introductory Coaching Sessions.

  • Taster Days.

  • Kick Start Coaching Schemes (Active Sport)

  • Coaching Courses

  • Top Sport Community Football Clubs

  • Mini-Soccer Centres.

  • Festivals

  • Club Open Day/ Parent Meeting

  • Taster Sessions in Schools.

  • Posters/Fliers/Adverts

  • Press Releases.

  • Local Business/Sport Centre competition.

  • Youth Gamesmanship.

  • Tournament

  • Club Information Leaflet (See FA Resources Leaflet).

  • Recreational Games.

  • Veterans.

It is important to keep records of players once they have been recruited to your club in case of emergencies etc...(See Membership Register). It is also essential that all newly recruited players are issued with The Codes of Conduct of you club.(See Registration Packs).


All football clubs are urged to obtain adequate insurance cover for their players in case of injury or accident whilst playing or travelling to matches.

This may even be mandatory for some competitions or County Football Associations. Clubs must also protect themselves by obtaining suitable public liability insurance and coaches' personal insurance. For further information please contact your County Football Association.

Coach Recruitment and Development Policy.

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club

Coach Recruitment and Development Policy.

Qualified Coaches

It is imperative for the development of the game that all coaches at all level within clubs hold a recognized FA qualification or are working towards becoming qualified.

Recruitment of suitable Coaches

Research has consistently shown that the major factors, which motivate individuals to become involved in coaching are:

  • A desire to continue their involvement in sport after playing and continue to meet their competitive needs.

  • A desire to help young people to develop sport, particularly their own children.

  • A desire to put something back into sport.

When recruiting new coaches it is always useful to contact your County Football Association Football Development Officer or Local Authority Sport Development Officer to seek advice.

Remember when recruiting to follow the advise the Child Protection and Best Practice Workshop and from the section in this manual on recruitment.

Finding new coaches is not and easy task, however it is a good idea to target the following group of individuals:

  • Ex-players or players who are coming to the end of their career.

  • Students, particularly those studying Physical Education or Sport Degrees, A-Level Physical Education, G.N.V.O Leisure and Tourism, C.S.L.A students, Junior Football Organizers and Step into Sport.

  • Parents/Carers.( This could be part of you Soccer Parent session).

  • Young players to work towards taking a qualification, working alongside more experienced coaches.

  • Teachers, particularly those who have an interest in football.

Advertising within the local community. The Football Association recommends for the safety and welfare of coaches and players, the following measures are adopted when recruiting coaches:

  • Clubs should follow The FA Best Practice and Procedures

  • Coaches should be required to complete an application form identifying experience, qualifications and references. (See Volunteer Application Form

  • Coaches should be required to be interviewed

  • Coaches should be required to sign up and deliver the club's Code of Conduct.(See Club's Code of Conduct for Coaches).

  • Coaches should be required to work in pairs wherever possible.


Coach Development

Helping coaches to become qualified and develop is a key factor in the development of clubs.

The Football Association provides a range of courses for coaches at all levels (See is recommended that all coaches join the Football Association Coaches Association (FACA) and their local county coaches association to keep coaches up to date. FACA provides the following services and support to coaches; Continued Professional Development, regular coaches magazine (Insight), insurance cover and access to resources.

SportcoachUK also provides an extensive range of supporting courses, such as “Working with Children,” “Fitness and Training” and many others.


Refereeing Recruitment and Development Policy.

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Refereeing Recruitment and Development Policy.

There are three main advantages for clubs to develop their own referees:

  1. If a referee isn't appointed to you game you have someone within your club with knowledge and experience who can officiate

  2. If a referee is appointed to your game you have an assistant who is qualified as a referee.

  3. You have someone available to assist in educating your club members and players with regard to the laws of the Game, thus enhancing their enjoyment of football.

How to become a referee.

All County Football Association regularly organize referee training courses.

The course, which lasts for 12 hours usually over a six-week period, is complete once the potential referee has successfully undertaken an exam.

The new referee should then register with their local County Football Association.

What happens next?

On passing your exam, you become a Level 7 referee. Under 16's are registered as a Level 8 referee and can only officiate in youth football.

Many County Football Association organise a mentoring scheme to support their newly-qualified referee.

You can referee as often as you wish.

For those who take to refereeing and enjoy the unique and important role referees play in football,there is a career pathway which could one day lead to games in semi-professional and professional football.

Promotion through the levels will be based on a referee's performance, assessment, attendance at In-Service training events, successful completion from time to time of exams on the Laws of the Game and from Level 4 onwards successful completion of a promotion interview.

Refereeing onwards and upwards.

Level 8 – Youth Refereeing

Level 7 - Junior County Referee

Level 6 - County Referee

Level 5 - Senior County Referee

Level 4 - Supply League Referee

Level 3 - Contributory League Referee

Level 2 - Panel League Referee

Level 1 - National & International List of Referees

Once you have got the refereeing bug – the sky's the limit!!! 

Volunteer Recruitment Policy.

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Volunteer Recruitment Policy.

The first stage of any recruitment process involves planning. Club officials should draw up a role profile, which highlights the main areas of an identified voluntary role. They should also decide upon the skills and experience that an individual would need to fulfil the requirements of the role and draw up a person specification. The club recruitment process must be developed in such a way that they treat every applicant in a fair and consistent manner.


In order to attract new volunteers it may be necessary to advertise outside the club itself, for example, on a sports hall notice board, a local school, shop/community hall or newspaper.

The advertisement should reflect the Club's Child Protection Policy and it should contain the skills and experience required and the duties to be undertaken. However, it should not discriminate in term of age, race, gender or disability.

Application Form

Club should use application forms to collect information on each applicant. The Volunteer Application Form can be adopted for club use. Each applicant's information is then collected in a consistent way.

More than one official should look at the application form to ensure that a fair and equitable scrutiny is completed. It's very important that clubs ask for identification documents to confirm the identity of the applicant, for example, a passport or driving license.


It is highly recommended that club officials meet with all applicants prior to any recruitment decisions being made. More than one official should be present. The meeting/interview will enable the club to explore further the information provided in the application form. The questions to be asked should be prepared in advance and should provide the applicant with the opportunity to recount previous experience and give examples of how they have or would handle situations.

Whilst it is important to elicit information regarding applicant's technical capabilities it is also necessary to explore his or her attitude and commitment to child welfare. Listed below are examples of questions that could be used to discover this information :

  • Tell us about any previous experience you have working with children or young people.

  • Give a child related scenario and ask the applicants what they would do. For example, “It is a winter evening and the training session has finished. A parent has not arrived to pick up their child. What would you do?” The applicant would be expected to say that they would stay with the child and contact the parents to find out where they were.

  • Is there anything we should know that could affect your suitability to work with children or young people?


At least two references should be requested from individuals who are not related to the applicant. One reference should be associated with the applicant's place of work and if possible one that demonstrates the individual has been involved in sport, particularly children's football previously. References should be followed up prior to any offer of appointment being made. If the references raise any concern you are advises to contact The FA Child Protection department for advise and guidance (See example of Volunteer Reference Form).

Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) Disclosures

CRB checks are another tool in the recruitment procedure.

A CRB Enhanced Disclosure tell The FA about a person's recorded offences. It can indicate that a person is not a suitable person to work with children, For example if they have a history of sexual offending. It may also tell The FA that further investigations are required, for example if the person has a history of drug dealing or racist offending.

Volunteers and others in football should be assured that The FA will take into account the Rehabilitate of Offenders Act and only consider offences which are relevant to the care, supervision and training of children.

The FA is not allowed to tell the club or County FA about the actual offending and so applicants can be assured of confidentiality. The FA will however tell the club and County FA whether or not the person is considered suitable to work with children.

Applications for CRB checks should be dealt with by the club's designated person for Child Protection. If an applicant claims to have an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure the club should seek advice from the FA CRB Unit or Goal website on how to proceed.


Recruitment Decisions

Club's should consider all the information they receive via the application form, confirmation of identity, the outcome of the take up of references and the FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure. This information should then be considered alongside the outcome of the meeting/interview to make an informed decision as to whether or not to accept the applicant into their club.

Post Recruitment

It is important that once a new volunteer has been recruited follow up action is taken, for example:

  • Any qualifications should be substantiated, for example requesting photocopies of coaching certificates.

  • That new volunteers are made aware and sign up to the clubs Child Protection Policy and procedures, best practice guidelines and any codes of conduct.

  • That ant training needs are established and actioned statements of the roles and responsibilities of the new volunteer is prepared.

  • Initially, a period of supervision/ observation or mentoring could be introduced to support the new member.

Football Workforce Development

Developing an effective, skilled and supported workforce within your club is one of the most important elements to ensure the club becomes sustainable and successful.

Providing volunteers with clearly defined roles and responsibilities that are recognised, valued and rewarded by the club and the wider community is key to the maintaining their involvement and keeping them motivated.

Training and developing the workforce is a key role of the club and the County FA have a number of resources and workshops that can be organised to support club volunteers.

These include:

  • Developing your club.

  • Managing your club finances.

  • Creating club links

  • Developing and managing volunteers.

  • Developing funding opportunities.

  • Running a club.

  • Running a youth team.

  • Developing young leaders (Step into Sport).

  • Developing your facilities.

  • Marketing your club.

Contact your County FA Football Development Team to access these workshops.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Provide leadership and direction for the club.

  • Oversee the work of the Club Committee.

  • Chair meetings of the Club.

  • Advocate of the football Club for the local community.


  • Official contact between Club and County FA and other clubs.

  • Ensure Club affiliation and league membership.

  • Ensure effective correspondence and communication.

  • Provide minutes of meetings for officials club records.

  • Match day duties to support teams and officials.


  • Manage and administer finances of the club.

  • Create annual income and expenditure sheets and balance sheets.

  • Create and maintain a cash book for at least two years.

  • Ensure all payments and fines are paid on time and recorded.

  • Support all fund-raising and sponsorship opportunities.

Volunteer Co-Ordinator

  • Recruiting new volunteers.

  • Ensuring volunteers are inducted to the club.

  • Provide volunteers with a brief of their role.

  • Ensure there is a training programme for volunteers.

  • Ensure volunteers are recognized and rewarded.

School's Liaison Officer

  • To establish links with local schools.

  • Meeting the school at least twice a year.

  • Ensuring schools receive information of club activities.

  • Develop opportunities for young leaders and players.

 Coach Co-ordinator

  • Recruiting new coaches.

  • Provide coaches with a training/ support programme.

  • Co-ordinate the coaching programme throughout the club.

  • Establish and / or support a coach mentoring programme.

  • Ensure the coaches are recognised and rewarded.

Referee Co-Ordinator

  • Recruitment and support for new referees.

  • Liaison with referees on match days.

  • Ensure referees are recognised and supported.

  • Establish and / or support a referee mentoring programme.

Club Complaints Procedure Policy

Arrowe Park Blades Football Club

Complaints Policy

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken they should follow the procedures below:

  1. They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the Committee.

Your report should include:

(a ) Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.

(b ) Any witness statement and names.

(c ) Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.

(d ) Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made.

(e ) A preference for a solution to the incident.

  1. The Club's Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.
  2. The Club's Management Committee will have the power to:

(f ) Warn as to future conduct.

(g) Suspend from membership.

(h) Remove from membership.

Any person found to have broken the Club's Policies or Codes of Conduct

Goalpost Safety Guidelines.

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Goalpost Safety Guidelines

The Football Association, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards Institute, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines for the safe use of goalposts.

Too many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect use of goalposts. Safety is always of paramount importance and everyone in football must play their part to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.

  1. For safety reasons goalposts of any size (including those which are portable and not installed permanently at a pitch or practice field) must always be anchored securely to the ground:

  • Portable goalposts must be secured as per the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb on, swing or play with the structure of the goalposts.

  • Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may overturn.

  • Regular inspection of goalposts must be carried out to check that they are properly maintained. 

  • Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be dismantled and

  • removed to a place of secure storage.
  • The use of metal cup hooks on goals will be banned from commencement of season 2007/08 and match officials will be instructed not to commence matches where such net fixings are evident for safety reasons. Nets should only be secured by plastic hooks or tape and not by metal hooks. Any metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalpost should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks.
  • Goalposts which are “home made” or which have been altered from their original size or construction should not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries.
  • There is no BS/CEN standards for wooden goals and it is unlikely that wooden goals will pass a load or stability test. Th FA recommends that wooden goals should be replaced when necessary with compliant metal, aluminium or plastic goalposts. All wooden goals previously tested by independent consultants have failed strength and stability tests.


Press Release Guidelines.

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Press Release Guidelines

Many people in football industry have a poor view of the media - often negative football stories achieved larger headlines – but, due to the huge public interest in the game, their power in communicating messages to a wide audience is unrivalled.

Whilst often appears that the media is only these negative stories, tremendous opportunities exist to promote your activities and the role of football generally.

Developing a Media Strategy

Effective communication with the Media should ideally be managed through a strategy, which sets out what message you want to communicate, and how you go about doing it.

Develop the message you want to get over

  • What does your Association/ Club do? Provide a “profile”. Outlining your full range of activities is a useful tool to have, to help external organisation gain an understanding of the scope of your work.

  • Information about regular activities: competitions, coaching courses, refereeing.

  • New developments: grants, local initiatives and sponsorship deals.

Who Communicate

  • Identify a Press Officer

  • Encourage your associations, leagues and affiliated organisations to do the same.

  • Establish internal lines of communication to ensure the relevant information gets to the press officer for dissemination.

Get to know who your local media contacts are

  • When and where they appear.

  • What audience they cover.

  • Identify sections or programmes that can be planned in advance.

  • Be aware there are other issues which will also need to be addressed at short notice.

  • Regular: fixtures/ results for competition.

 How to communicate

  • Press releases.

  • Bulletins and newsletters.

  • Posters, leaflets, websites etc..

  • Personal contact.

Effective communication tools

  • Press releases.

  • Telephone interviews.

  • Face to face interviews.

  • Photo-call opportunities.

  • Local radio.

  • Regional television.

  • Open day / special events.

  • Sponsorship.

  • Newsletters and bulletins.

  • Developing long-term relationships with the media.

Producing a good press release

  • The date.

  • A good headline with the correct layout.

  • The key message should appear in the first paragraph: -Who? -What? -Where? -When?

  • Check spelling and grammar.

  • Note to editors, contact name and telephone number.

  • If you are the nominated spokesperson, make sure YOU are available.

Celebrating Football

Photographs and Video

There has been much talk whether it is safe to take pictures of under 18s playing sport. The FA would like to assure parents, careers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.

Potential Risks

The FA has developed this guidance to help avoid the following:

  • The inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images for use on child abuse websites on the internet (often referred to as pornography sites);

  • The identification of children when a photograph is accompanied by significant personal information that will assist a third party in identifying the child. This can lead, and has led, to children being “groomed”; and

  • The identification and locating of children in inappropriate circumstances which include:

(a ) where a child has been removed from his/her family for their own safety:

(b ) where restrictions on contact with one parent following a parental separation exist

e.g. in domestic violence cases;

(c ) in situations where a child may be witness in criminal proceedings; or

(d ) other child protection concerns.

The majority of images taken are appropriate and taken in good faith. If we take the following simple measures we can help to ensure the safety of children in football.

Common sense considerations to ensure everyone's safety:


  1. Share The FA's guidance on taking images with all parents, carers and members when they join the Club;

  2. Ensure the club has parental consent to use a player's image if it is to be used in the public domain e.g. club website or newspaper article. This is essential in relation to point 3 below;

  3. Ensure that any child in you club who is under care proceedings, is protected by ensuring that their image is not placed in the public domain. This can be done by using an annual consent form, so that parents/carers can identify if this applies to children in their care.

  4. Focus on the activity rather than the individual;

  5. Ensure all those featured are appropriately dressed (a minimum of vest or shirt and shorts);

  6. Aim to take pictures which represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in football e.g. boys and girls, disabled people, ethnic minority communities;and

  7. Report any instances of inappropriate images in football to The FA Case Manager or Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) contact details can be found on the following page.


  1. Publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless you have written consent to do so and you have informed the parents as to how the image will be uses;

  2. Use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on websites;

  3. Use an image for something other than that for which it was initially agreed, e.g. published in local press when initially produced for a clubhouse commemorative picture; and

  4. Allow images to be recorded in changing room, showers or toilets – this includes the use of mobile phone that record images.


  • It's not an offence to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so;

  • No one has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land;

  • If you have serious concerns about a possible child protection issue then call the police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk;

  • The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and/ or videoing of football activities will be permitted when carried out on private land. However you need to make this known before allowing individuals access to the private property. If they do not comply then you may request that they leave; and

  • Try not to use images that include individuals wearing jewellery (as wearing jewellery whilst playing is contrary to the Laws of the Game as well as being a health and safety issue).

Commissioning Professional Photographers and the Local Media

If you are commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to cover a football activity ensure you and they are clear about each others expectations. Remember the key is to plan ahead and communicate early on.

  • Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour;

  • Inform them of your club's commitment to safeguarding children and young people and establish who will hold the recorded images and what they intend to do with them, e.g. place on a website for sale, distribute thumb nails to the club to co-ordinate sales;

  • Issue the professional Photographer with identification, which must be worn at all times;

Celebrating Football

Photographs and Video

  • Inform participants and parents or carers prior to the event that a professional photographer will be in attendance and ensure you have established that no one under 18s will be compromised due to child protection concerns if their image is taken – remember this can be done by using the annual consent form at the start of the season.

To report potentially unlawful material on the internet please contact:

The Internet Watch Foundation


Telephone: 08456 008 844

Fax the hotline: 01223 235 921

FA Case Management


Dealing with an Incident/Accident

  1. Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there danger of further injuries?.
  2. Listen to what the injured person is saying.
  3. Alert the first-aider who should take appropriate action for minor injuries.
  4. In the event of an injury regarding specialist treatment, call the emergency services.
  5. Deal with the rest of the group and ensure that they are adequately supervised.
  6. Do not move someone with major injuries. Wait for the emergency medics.
  7. Contact the injured person's parents/ guardian.
  8. Complete an accident report form (See “Accident/ Incident Form”)