Clubs are the heartbeat of football in this country. That is why The FA Charter Standard club programme, which raises standards and recognises and rewards quality, is so important.
Every player at some stage of their career will play in a grassroots club. We have a shared responsibility to ensure that this experience is a positive one - whether you are six or 60.
The FA Charter Standard Programme provides recognition that clubs are well run and sustainable, with child protection and safety paramount. It also recognises a club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development, and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game - all of which are big priorities for both me and The FA.
Haslemere Town achieved Charter Standard Status in 2010.
You can find out more about the programme here