Football is For ALL and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment, where you and I can play our part.
Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our County FA and we want to ensure that the match day environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.
Across our county there are so many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. We would like to unite the game in our county, by everyone championing Respect and coming together to positively impact one more or even many more.
You can find additional information on the FA's Respect pages.
There are a number of good practice guides and documents that will support those in the grassroots game to better understand how you can #PlayYourPart to engage with respect, and create player centered environments. These guides can be found at the bottom of this page but include;
• Coaches good practice guides
• Parent good practice guides
• Referee good practice guides
• FA Guide to Youth Football (Useable for Smart Phones)
We encourage you to download these guides, then help educate those around you to play their part.
I’m involved with a local club and I’ve seen some poor behaviour and I’d like to report it, what should I do next?
Within your club you will have a Welfare officer, you can gain his or her details from your club secretary (if you’re not aware who this is). Please speak to them ASAP after the incident and they will be able to action the next steps, depending on the seriousness of the incident.
What is a Respect Champion?
Someone who promotes all the behaviours (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership). This could be someone within a club or league and is not a formal role. Why not have more than one!
Is funding available to help promote Respect?
Yes, there is a Respect equipment scheme which the FA delivers in partnership with the Football Foundation. You can visit by clicking here.
How can I engage with my county FA to promote good practice for Respect via social media?
Your County FA would love to hear some positive work being carried out for Respect. If your County FA is on social media, simply use their handle and engage using #ForRespect. Share your message and a picture. Please note, if you are taking pictures of children and using for social media, consent will need to be given by the child’s parent/guardian/carer.
I’d like to pilot a new programme or initiative for Respect, who should I speak to for advice?
Please contact the Respect Champion or County Welfare officer at your County FA. They would be happy to hear your ideas and can provide you with some constructive feedback.
Whose responsibility is it to lead on Respect?
Everyone is responsible and should play their part in creating safe, fun and inclusive environments. No matter what your role is, let’s work together to unite the game.
Can the County FA help me run a Respect workshop for my club or league?
Yes, absolutely. County FAs are happy to work with individuals/groups that wish to champion Respect. Please send details of your workshop to your Respect contact.