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8 | 9 CRC check


In response to changes within legislation The FA now requires all coaches who work with U18s to have an up to date CRC check.


Q: What does this mean for me? Season 2014-2015:


1. Checks issued before 31/12/2009 MUST be renewed before FA LCC membership can be renewed on 01/08/2014


2. Because your check may take time to come back please renew as soon as possible. Online applications are quicker, cheaper and easier


3. If you are in a club please talk to your Club Welfare Officer, if you are in a Football League Club talk to your Child Protection Officer. Premier League Club coaches should talk to their Children’s Services Officer or other club verifier. Please note even with online checks your club Welfare Officer will need to see your identity documents


4. If you are not in a club you may need to see your County FA Welfare Officer. Please ring /email either The FA CRB Unit or your County FA Welfare Officer for advice


Season 2015-16


5. Checks issued between 31/12/2009 and 31/12/12 must be renewed before relicensing on 01/08/15


After 2016


Checks will need renewing every three years so if you have a new check in July 2014 your next one will be due in July 2017 before you relicense for the season 2017-18


Q: I have got a check for another sport will this do?


The FA can now accept some checks from other organisations but a number of conditions apply.


Your check must have been issued after 13/06/2013 and must have been registered for updates with the Disclosure and Barring Service and be for the children’s workforce. A £10 charge will be made to bring the check into The FA and a further £10 will be required to manage the lifetime updating service.


Q: Where can I get further information and guidance?


Further details can be found by visiting www.TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/ criminal-records-checks


Bridging the gap


Under-representation of Asians in football in this country could soon become a thing of the past - according to several leading figures in the grassroots game.


Speaking at The FA’s second Asians in Football Talent ID Best Practice Day at Wembley Stadium, Taff Rahman, Director of Coaching and Development at Pro Touch Soccer Academy, said that he anticipated a major breakthrough in inclusion for minority ethnic footballers in this country.


“It’s all about giving pathways and support mechanisms to actually bridge that gap and I think we are on that bridge now. It’s just a matter of crossing it,” said Rahman, a UEFA A Licensed coach.


Rahman was joined by over 65 coaches at Wembley’s Learning Zone, with delegates’ experience levels ranging from Level 1 upwards.


Mike Rigg, The FA’s Head of Talent Identification and Nick Levett, The FA’s National Manager for Youth Development,


both spoke at the event. Brendon Batson also gave a talk about The FA’s COACH Bursary Programme, and Dr Colin King from the Black and Asian Coaches Association was on hand to answer questions.


The event forms a key component of English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination plan, aiming to help widen football’s talent pool and address the under- representation of Asians in the game at all levels.


It brought together male and female, professional and amateur coaches from across the country, and followed a successful trial run at St. George's Park last year.


Rahman’s views were echoed by Balvinder Shekhon, community development manager at MK Dons: "It was great to see such a diverse group of people in the same room who are genuinely interested in making a difference.


"This is an exciting journey for players, coaches and communities."


Levett added: “We all want more kids playing - wherever they come from.


"The coach can be a massive role model in a kid’s life. Certainly with the coaches that we have here today, they have the passion and dedication to support those kids.”


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