Youth Club Affiliation Requirements

Gloucestershire FA is intending to launch the club affiliation process in May 2017. Ahead of this it is important that we make you aware of two new mandatory requirements introduced by The FA so that youth clubs are prepared for the changes and can take necessary action now.

1) Online Safeguarding for Committee Members course

To provide a consistent level of safeguarding awareness across all youth clubs, The FA has decided that successful completion of the course is mandatory for specific committee roles in grassroots clubs with under-18 teams.  A minimum of three officers, including club secretaries, club chairpersons and club welfare officers will need to complete this for affiliation to be approved in 2017-18 season.  This will increase to a minimum of four officers and include the club treasurer, for the 2018-19 season onwards. 

If club officers hold an FA Safeguarding qualification, they are still required to complete the on-line training.  Other club officials may also access the course, although for them it is entirely optional at this stage.

The free online Safeguarding for Committee Members can be accessed through the following link

On completing the course you will be able to download a certificate to demonstrate successful completion.

2) Personal Accident Insurance for Youth Football

In January The FA approved the introduction of mandatory personal accident insurance for all age groups and formats of youth football from the start of season 2017-18.  Mandatory minimum levels of benefit cover were established and will form part of the personal accident cover purchased by clubs in order to satisfy affiliation requirements.

Mandatory Levels of Benefit Cover
Life Cover          £10,000
Accidental Death         £10,000
Permanent Total Disablement        £100,000
Loss of One or More Limbs        £100,000
Loss of Sight in One or Both Eyes       £100,000
Loss of Speech          £100,000
Loss of Hearing :-
Both Ears          £100,000
One Ear           £25,000
Loss of Internal Organs         £25,000
Tetraplegia / Quadriplegia        £100,000
Triplegia / Paraplegia         £50,000
Concussion          £10,000
Temporary Total Disablement for Adult Club/Team Officials
12 month Benefit Period       £200 per month
Home Help Benefit
12 month Benefit Period       £200 per month
Broken Bones (Legs, Foot, Arms, Collar Bone, Jaw &/or Cheek)    £200
Broken Bones (Fingers & Toes) £75
Primary Dislocation (Kneecap, Elbow, Shoulder &/or Hip)    £250
Snapped / Ruptured Achilles Tendon or Anterior Cruciate Ligament (requiring surgery) £250
Coma Benefit
365 day Benefit Period        £30 per day

Clubs are encouraged to include the following additional levels of benefit cover:-

Student Not in Gainful Employment Benefit
2 Month Benefit Period        £100 per month
Emergency Dental Expenses (Pain Relief)      £200
Emergency Medical Expenses (inc. X-Rays & Scans)     £200
Extra Travelling Expenses (including Hospital Parking)
1 month Benefit Period         £100
Home/Car Adaptation         £25,000
Hospitalisation Benefit
30 day Benefit Period        £30 per day
Rehabilitation & Retraining        £5,000
Facial & Bodily Scarring         £600
Medical Certification Expenses        £50
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Details of the levels of Group Personal Accident Insurance provided by Bluefin Sports will be available for the launch of club affiliation, to find out more visit  Gloucestershire FA recommends that youth clubs discuss the new insurance requirement with parents and carers of young players to establish what their needs would be in the event of an accident or long term injury to their son and daughter.

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