The FA’s Respect campaign was originally launched in 2008 and 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.
In light of the newly branded campaign, Saturday’s fixture see’s the launch of a new Respect initiative in Staffordshire as 5 Youth Leagues aim to champion the programme.
The Mid Staffs Junior League, Lichfield and District Recreational Football League, Potteries Junior Youth League, Staffordshire Girls and Ladies League, and the Walsall Junior Youth League will all be introducing Respect Marshals at all league games and central venues throughout 2018/19 season.
The aim of the new initiative is to promote a safe and enjoyable environment. Good behaviour makes for a great game, and Respect Marshals will be introduced at every fixture to encourage appropriate behaviours in order for a positive experience for all. The initiative is being supported by Staffordshire FA who will be on hand to provide all leagues and officials with education and resources in order to make the scheme a success.
Nathan French, FA National Respect Project Manager said “It’s fantastic to see Staffordshire FA working positively to champion Respect. Initiatives like this are great to raise awareness of Respect, and it’s great to know that the game will be positively influence in a week to week match day environment.”
“Respect Marshalls have been successfully piloted and they can play a key role in helping to create a safe, fun & inclusive environment. It’s brilliant to see the local youth leagues working together and embracing this initiative.”
Staffordshire FA Chief Executive Officer, Adam Evans said “I’m pleased that so many Staffordshire youth leagues are embracing the Respect Programme. Knowing that local grassroots football is being played in a safe and enjoyable environment highlights the progress that Staffordshire football is making.”
He continued “over recent months both Staffordshire FA and our partner leagues have worked hard in order to champion Respect and the grassroots game in Staffordshire. I have no doubt that this new initiative will positively influence the environment that young people are able to participate in the county.”