This requires raising standards and addressing poor behaviour within the league and its member clubs by encouraging teams to gain Charter Standard Club status as part of the Charter Standard League criteria.
By reviewing what they do well, what they want to do better and by identifying how they can improve, leagues will also be demonstrating that they are committed to developing better players and to investing in the workforce.
The benefits of achieving Charter Standard League status are that leagues will have a clear development plan in place, together with an agreed support package with their County FA. Charter Standard Leagues will also be demonstrating that they are committed to the Respect programme and will have procedures in place to improve standards and address poor behaviour in the game, a key priority for all those involved in football. Leagues will also gain recognition that they are committed to a quality experience for all and that they are a well-run league.
22 Lancashire FA sanctioned Leagues have so far received the Award:
Accrington & District Junior Football League
Barrow & District Junior Football League
Blackpool & District Youth Football League
Bolton, Bury & District Football League
Central Lancashire Junior League
East Lancashire Football Alliance
Lancashire Amateur League
Lancashire FA Ability Counts League
Lancashire FA Women’s County League
Lancashire Sunday League
Lancaster & Morecambe Service To Youth League
Lune & District Junior Football League
North Bury Junior Football League
North Valley & Burnley Unity League
North West Counties Football League
North West Women's Regional League
Mid Lancs Colts Junior Football League
Poulton & District Primary League
South Lancashire Counties Football League
West Lancashire Girls League
West Lancashire Football League
Wigan & District Youth League
For further information on the criteria required to be in place for the Award, contact League Development Officer John Treacy on 01772 624000 or click here to email him.