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People & Clubs Accreditation

People and Clubs Accreditation is the Irish FA’s accreditation scheme for all clubs across Northern Ireland.

The accreditation initially had two levels but after further consultation, has been refined down to one level known as the People and Clubs Accreditation. It aims to recognise and reward our people and clubs who go above and beyond by providing their members with great experiences, have a developmental and inclusive environment, follow safeguarding guidelines and link in with the local community.

We will work together with you to complete this process and provide you with templates to help complete the process and an Irish FA staff member to work with you through the accreditation.

We recognise that people in our clubs give up a lot of their time helping to run football in this country and we aim to make that easier for them by providing them with templates and resources that they can download on their portal as well as making the People and Clubs Accreditation (previously known as Club Mark) more accessible.

The accreditation can now be completed via our online Club Portal (below).  

The online portal has a variety of features:

  •        - The ability to complete People and Clubs Accreditation and the Club Minimum Operating Standard
  •        - Club documents- keep your documents up to date and in one place
  •        - Template documents that are available to all clubs
  •        - Resources- a variety of resources for people and clubs
  •        - Club Profile- edit and manage your club details on the Accreditation portal
  •        - Role management- download a variety of role descriptions and keep a record of your club people in one place. 

List of accredited clubs

Accredited Clubs


  •       - Clubs who achieve the accreditation will be listed on our website.
  •       - Potential Coach Education and Equipment Bursaries for achieving accreditation
  •       - Strengthens a club’s readiness and access to funding
  •       - Club’s will be recognised as best practice clubs for development and inclusion
  •       - Potential video and promotional opportunities through Irish FA programmes

For any more information on People and Clubs Accreditation please contact at or your Regional Club Development Officer.

Accreditation User Guide

IFA Club Guide.pdf

Club Development Officers

Kyle Robinson

North East and South and East Antrim

Dean Holmes

Lagan and North West

Malcolm Roberts

Newry Mourne and Down and North Down

Robert Davidson

Armagh Banbridge Craigavon and South West

Dean Watson

Armagh Banbridge Craigavon and South West