In Staffordshire, 18 leagues are signed up to the FA Respect programme and all FA Charter Standard Clubs endorse the programme, with many embedding a specific Respect Co-ordinator within their club or league. The FA’s Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.
For leagues and clubs, the Respect programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour- on the pitch and on the sidelines- in and at matches throughout the country:
Step 1: Codes of ConductCodes of Conduct aren’t new and are already in use by some clubs (this is mandatory for FA Charter Standard Clubs). Some are successful; some are forgotten and simply not acted upon. Respect brings them to life by supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences.
There are Respect Codes of Conduct for:
Step 2: Designated Spectators' Area
The creation of designated areas for spectators is a key element of Respect but is a measure largely aimed at youth football where large numbers of spectators can be attracted, some of whom may behave poorly.
Step 3: The captain takes responsibility
Often problems start at matches when individual players are abusive towards the referee, which escalates into several players confronting the referee at the same time. Respect aims to stop this cycle before it starts. Only the captain can challenge decisions made by the referee and the captain needs to manage his/her team to ensure this is always observed.
Step 4: The referee manages the gameAs the referee, you are expected to work with the team captains to manage the players and game effectively. Referees must control the game by applying the Laws of the Game and deal firmly with any open show of dissent by players.
Football Foundation Respect Funding SchemeThe FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation. This Football Foundation scheme offers your club, school or league the opportunity to purchase Respect equipment which, if used effectively, will help us to promote the beautiful game. The scheme offers 50% off the normal cost price of these items. For more information visit http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/respect/.
For more information on respect please visit http://www.thefa.com/my-football/player/respect or contact Football Development Officer (Youth and Workford), Daniel Hickinbottom on any of the following:
(T): 01785 279829
(M): 07816 536444
Anti-BullyingThe FA’s comprehensive Anti -Bullying Policy which provides clubs with a downloadable template policy and also provides guidance on:
- Signs and indicators of Bullying.
- Types of Bullying including Discrimination and Online Bullying
- Organisations that can provide help and support on Bullying to both parents and young people
To download The FA Anti-Bullying Policy template CLICK HERE.
Further Information and Supportwww.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk - To find out more on Anti Bullying Week and the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
www.childline.org.uk or Tel 0800 1111 – also provide advice and support for children & young people 24/7
To report bullying within a club environment please contact Safeguarding and Education Officer, Jan Scott on any of the following:
(T): 01785 256994
(M): 07969 294023