FA Chartered Standard Clubs are particularly well-placed to drive the implementation of Respect.
Every year, because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines, many referees quit the game. Many children also leave because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents.
In response, the FA developed and introduced the Respect programme to provide appropriate tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football, to enable them to promote a safe and positive environment in which to enjoy the game.
These tools include Codes of Conduct, in-service training for Referees, Respect club packs, spectator sideline barriers and encouraging team captain’s to work with referees to manage player behaviour.
The FA also launched a free online Respect Parent Guide targeting youth football to highlight examples of poor behaviour and, more importantly, show how behaviour can be improved. The Respect Parent Guide is a free course which offers practical advice, hints and tips on what it takes to be a supportive soccer parent/carer and how to positively influence young players to be involved in the game. To access the Guide for Parents and Carers please click on this link www.thefa.com/respectguide/
You will be asked to log-in using FAN and password – if you do not know your FAN contact Durham County FA. The course can also be completed without logging-in however the system cannot save ‘where you are at’ if you wanted to complete the course over a couple of days.
Durham FA Respect Toolkit
Durham FA has developed this Respect Toolkit as an information point to the Respect programme for everyone involved in club football, particularly at mini-soccer, junior and youth levels.
Clubs can use the pack as a means of providing information about Respect, as the content sign-posts important information which will allow a club and those involved with it to understand and contribute to both the maintenance of Respect and in the ongoing promotion of the programme at club level.
Having Respect as a foundation stone in terms of expectations of behaviour is fundamental to the future success of any club and those involved with it. Additionally, as young players who are involved with a club develop into adult players, into coaching roles, into referees and many other roles at club, league, county and national levels, if those young people have experienced Respect as players and as they progress through their career in football, it will be much more likely that they themselves will instil Respect into the clubs and leagues they continue to be involved with as adults.
Many individuals, clubs and leagues are already committed to Respect and this is appreciated by Durham FA as it will only be through our continued partnership that we will see the programme fully established and working across football.
Have a look at what is available to you and feel free to use the Respect presentational material, available to you in the pack, at your club for example at a parents evening or at a meeting of all club officials/volunteers.
If you have any comments on how we can all work together to promote Respect please send your suggestions to Richard.Hughes@durhamfa.com
Click here to access the Durham FA Respect Toolkit
How much do I really know about Respect?
Find out your current knowledge about Respect by completing a quiz compiled by Durham County FA and it will only take you minutes to test yourself. Follow the link and see how you do!
Answers to the quiz can be found here - FA Respect Quizz Answers
What is the basis of ensuring we can promote Respect within our club?
When a club is seeking to implement and promote Respect it is important for it to ensure it operates a solid and consistent approach to recruiting bothvolunteers who want to help out in official roles, for example, Secretary or Coach; as well as with players. The following links provide information as to recruitment of both volunteers and players.
The Football Association has taken a radical new approach to tackling poor behaviour from fans and players by launching its own football club Respect F.C. The aim of the club is not to win silverware or secure a Champions League place; its goal is to unite fans against the ugly side of ‘the beautiful game’ to create a safe and enjoyable environment in which it can take place.
Appointing comedian and avid Bristol City fan Mark Watson as Chairman, the Club was founded through concern from both the top level of the game and the grassroots community around abuse towards referees and poor sideline behaviour. Respect F.C. is a football club made up of people from all walks of life, with one collective goal – to bring Respect back to the game we all enjoy.
For every fan that joins Respect F.C. the FA has pledged to put £1 back into the Respect initiative within grassroots football (up to the value of £50,000). Members of the Club are able to vote online at www.RespectFootballClub.com to say how this money is used.
Rallying fans to get behind Respect F.C. Chairman Mark Watson filmed an impassioned plea from the club’s modest headquarters, which features starring roles from former Liverpool captain Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Portsmouth legend Steve Claridge and Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara.
Depicting the intolerable bad behaviour of a ‘gobby moron’, scenes feature Neil Ruddock ruining a child’s birthday party by barking abuse at the children’s entertainer and singling out the birthday boy for some special attention for passing the parcel too slowly. Muddied with comedy gold, the film also sees player turned football pundit Steve Claridge donning a Strictly Come Dancing style outfit and dancing across a waterlogged pitch. The rousing closing scenes from the Chairman’s speech see Mark Watson in unison with football fans wearing white Respect F.C. scarves and joining mascots from Chelsea, Bristol City, Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, Watford, Fulham, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Millwall to show support for the radical club.
Respect F.C. is not just about raising awareness; it’s much more than that. Everyone who is involved in the game in some way is aware of poor behaviour and knows that – be it towards referees, players or fellow fans – it is wrong. The challenge now is to unite, change people’s attitudes and make them realise that verbal and physical abuse are not acceptable in the game.
Respect F.C. Chairman, Mark Watson, said: “We know that it’s so much easier to take a stand against poor behaviour if you are not on your own, if you have someone else on your team. Collectively we can stand up to the gobby morons. If you’d like to show the people spoiling our game, what they’re up against go to RespectFootballClub.com to join my new football club, Respect F.C., the club with one goal – to rid the game of the gobby morons.”
Alex Horne, FA General Secretary, said: “Football fans from all clubs and all leagues have a collective responsibility to let others know that they will not stand for this behaviour from the grassroots of the game up to the international stage. That’s why we’re asking everyone, to ask everyone, to join the club and together win the match against bad behaviour.”
Research from The FA has shown that many players, coaches and referees think the Respect programme has improved their experience of the game. The majority of participants surveyed were also aware of the Respect programmes key objectives with over two thirds recognising that Respect aims to create a safe and enjoyable environment for the game.
Fans are encouraged to log onto www.RespectFootballClub.com and register their support to unite against the ugly side of footy.
For further information about Respect please contact Richard Hughes, County FA Welfare Officer on 0191 3872929 or email email@example.com