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 Prince William to recognise Respect and Fair Play

The FA is delighted to launch the 2010 Respect and Fair Play Awards which will recognise those leagues, clubs, organisations and individuals that are seeking to promote high standards of behaviour in our national game.  The Awards have twelve separate categories recognising the highest levels of the Professional Game, the National League System, the Women’s Football Pyramid and the Grassroots Game.

Leagues and Clubs have the opportunity to have their commitment recognised as well as grassroots organisations that have campaigned to improve the game and individuals that have led by example. Prince William’s involvement in the awards arises from his wish to recognise those that are seeking to tackle some of the most difficult problems in the national game.  The winners of each category will be invited to attend the 2010 FA Cup Final sponsored by EON and be presented with their Awards and a cash prize by Prince William. One of the prestigious awards available is the ‘Bobby Moore Award – presented by the Bobby Moore Fund - Cancer Research UK – available to anyone in Football that by their conduct over their career provides an example of the way in which the game should be played or administered.

 

Dermot Collins the FA’s Respect Manager commented ‘Too often Respect is just mentioned when we witness poor behaviour in the game. These Awards allow us to recognise positive attempts to encourage players, coaches, spectators or teams to strive for high standards of behaviour, deal with poor conduct, incentivise Fair Play or value Referees. These Awards also allow us to recognise Respect as something that is crucially importance for the whole of football - the professional and the grass roots game. The two sides are different but interdependent’

  There is a lot of good practice going on at local level in Kent which deserves to be recognised. I would really like to see Kent be named as one of the national winners.

There is also a splash page and all the related documents on the Kent FA website. Click here to view the Respect Award pages http://www.kentfa.com/splash.aspx and to download the forms.
All nominations need to be returned to Stephanie Gadd, Lead Respect Officer, Stephanie.gadd@kentfa.com by Tuesday 6th April in order for her to review nominations and send them to The FA by Monday 12th April.

If you have any questions about the FA Respect and Fair Play awards please do not hesitate to contact her directly, Stephanie.gadd@kentfa.com 01622 792140 07841 404907

 Award Categories

Category

Criteria

Professional Game Fair Play Awards

Use of the Fair Play marks provided by  Match Assessors

Category

Award

Criteria

National League System  League ( Steps 1 -4)

£ 4,000

Clubs, leagues, grass roots organisations or individuals that are making a significant contribution to improving the behavioural standards in football;

Educating Teams, Coaches, Spectators or Players

-          Encouraging players, coaches, spectators or teams to strive for high standards of behaviour

-          Dealing with poor behaviour

-          Incentivising good behaviour

-          Valuing referees

-          Improving a situation of established poor behaviour

-          Captain’s who work well with Referees to help manage on pitch behaviour

Applications will be assessed by a panel of football experts from across the game.

National League System  League ( Steps 5 -7 )

£ 3,000

National League System  Club - (Steps 1 -4)

£ 5,000

National League System  Club - (Steps 5 -7)

£3,000

Women’s Football Pyramid  - League

£3,000

Women’s Football Pyramid - Club

£2,000

Grassroots Adult League 

 

£3,000

Grassroots Youth League or organisation

 

£3,000

Grassroots Club

£3,000

Bobby Moore Individual Award

£2,000

Application Timetable

12 April

Closing date for applications (The FA)

 w/c 26 April

Applications are considered by panel of football experts

w/c 3 May

Applicants notified of decision

15 May

Winners invited to awards ceremony at 2010 FA Cup Final

NOMINATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAILED FROM STUART  



SCAM WARNING

 
YOUNG PLAYERS, CLUBS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED ABOUT A SCAM THAT THE FA HAS RECENTLY BEEN MADE AWARE OF.
PERSONS PURPORTING TO BE LICENCED AGENTS ARE SENDING EMAILS PROMISING TRIALS WITH VARIOUS CLUBS, USING DETAILS FROM THE LIST OF LICENCED AGENTS ON THE FIFA WEBSITE, www.fifa.com.  THE CLUBS THEMSELVES HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE POTENTIAL 'TRIALS'.
 
THE SCAM APPEARS TO WORK AROUND PROMISING TRIALS TO YOUNG PLAYERS WITH VARIOUS CLUBS AND THEN ASK FOR PAYMENT IN ADVANCE TO COVER 'INSURANCE AND TRAVEL'.  ONCE THE MONEY IS SENT, NO MORE IS HEARD.
ANYONE WHO IS THE VICTIM OF THIS SCAM SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL POLICE.
 
WE DO NOT WISH TO CAUSE ANY ALARM BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THIS MESSAGE REACHES THE PLAYERS AND PARENTS THAT ARE BEING TARGETED.


THE FOLLOWING ARE THE RESPECT CODES OF CONDUCT COVERING ADULT AND YOUNG PLAYERS, SPECTATORS, COACHES, MANAGERS AND MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Adult Players Code of Conduct

Respect Code of Conduct

TheFA.com/Respect

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game Players tell us they want a referee for every match, yet 7,000 match officials drop out each season because of the abuse and intimidation they receive on and off the pitch. Respect your referee today and you may just get one for every match this season. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times.

On and off the field, I will:

• Adhere to the Laws of The Game

• Display and promote high standards of behaviour

• Promote Fair Play

• Always respect the match officials decisions

• Never engage in public criticism of the

match officials

• Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

• Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment

• Speak to my team-mates, the opposition and my coach/manager with respect.

• Remember we all make mistakes.

• Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

• Be required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

• Receive a warning from the coach

• Receive a written warning from the clubcommittee

• Be required to attend a FA education course

• Be dropped or substituted

• Be suspended from training

• Not be selected for the team

• Be required to serve a suspension

• Be fined

• Be required to leave the club

In addition:

• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club

 
TheFA.com/Respect
Young Players Code of Conduct
 

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

 

 

When playing football, I will:

• Always play to the best of my ability

• Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time

• Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager

• Play by the rules, as directed by the referee

• Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game

• Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me

• Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

I may:

• Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

• Receive a formal warning from the coach or the club committee

• Be dropped or substituted

• Be suspended from training

• Be required to leave the club

In addition:

• My club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct

• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club 

Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials Code of Conduct

Respect Code of Conduct

TheFA.com/Respect

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. In the FA’s survey of 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the game. This included the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour of over competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sideline. Play your part and observe the Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in everything you do.

On and off the field, I will:

• Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators

• Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game

• Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour

• Always respect the match official’s decision

• Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission

• Never engage in public criticism of the match officials

• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

When working with players, I will:

• Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning

• Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me

• Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations

• Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying

• Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem

• Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

• Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity

• Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA:

• Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer

• Required to meet with the club committee

• Monitored by another club coach

• Required to attend a FA education course

• Suspended by the club from attending matches

• Suspended or fined by the County FA

• Required to leave or be sacked by the club

In addition:

• My FACA (FA Coaches Association) membership may be withdrawn


Spectators and Parents/Carers Code of Conduct
Respect Code of Conduct

TheFA.com/Respect

 

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. This club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times

I will:

• Remember that children play for FUN.

• Applaud effort and good play as well as success

• Always respect the match officials’ decisions

• Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)

• Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do

• Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials

• Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning

• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA: I may be:

• Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official

• Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer

• Required to meet with the club committee

• Obliged to undertake an FA education course

• Obliged to leave the match venue by the club

• Requested by the club not to attend future games

• Suspended or have my club membership removed

• Required to leave the club along with any dependents

In addition:

• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/ or suspension on the club

Match Officials Code of Conduct

Respect Code of Conduct

TheFA.com/Respect

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game

– both on the pitch and on the sidelines. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct of matchofficials at all time. 

I will:

• Be honest and completely impartial at all times

• Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently

• Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner

• Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

• Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials

• Support my match official colleagues at all times

• Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game

• Communicate with the players and encourage fair play

• Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains

• Prepare physically and mentally for every match

• Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA: I may be:

• Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Official

• Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Committee

• Obliged to attend or re-attend The FA Respect training or other FA education course

• Issued with a written warning

• Fined by the County FA

• Offered less senior appointments

• Suspended from all appointments for a defined period

• Excluded from affiliating as a FA Referee


FLAG OR FAG?

FLAG OR FAG?

 

Having received a few reports of club linesman running the line smoking cigarettes, I thought that this would be a good topic to open the Newsletter with.

 

If any of you Welfare Officers are also referees, you will know how hard it can be sometimes to get parents/spectators to take up the flag and run the line for you.

 

As the referee walks towards the team manager holding the flags ready to pass to an eager and willing linesman !!….. All of a sudden parents and spectators embark on conversations with each other or make calls on their mobile phones or tie up their shoe laces, anything rather than catch the eye of the referee who requires their assistance!

 

Therefore any volunteer willing to take the flag and run the line really is appreciated. Once this very valued participant has been appointed a club linesman they are then in a responsible position. 

 

Hopefully these volunteers will have a fantastic time running the line and enabling the kids to have a cracking game along with the man in the middle … or woman in the middle of course.

 

The welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, even more so when acting in an official capacity.  When acting as a club linesman an individual needs to take their responsibility seriously and not to embark on anything which may potentially cause harm.  Smoking a cigarette whilst running the line is dangerous and totally unacceptable.  In the recent incidents reported to me, the club linesmen were asked politely to refrain from smoking which unfortunately was not well received by these particular individuals and caused  unpleasant confrontation in front of the players.

 

It is not acceptable for anyone, including spectators, to smoke whilst standing on or very near the touchline or any section of the perimeter of the pitch.

 

Referees are within their rights to request a club linesman to either put out their cigarette or relinquish the flag.

 

Perhaps you could highlight this within your clubs.

 

WHATS IN A NAME?

 

OK, so my name is Valerie Hajialexandrou, but I like to be called Val.

 

When I complete an official form I use Valerie, other times I might use Val.

 

For keeping correct records of individuals on our system it would be perfect if we could all use our official names.  This really helps to keep all our records updated correctly.

 

As Welfare Officers you are recorded on our system for three different things relevant to your role.

 

  1. Your CRB status
  2. Your attendance of a Safeguarding Children workshop
  3. Your attendance of a Welfare Officer Workshop

 

It is important that they all appear on one file in your correct name with one NPD/FAN number personal to you.

 

Your CRB will be recorded under your official name e.g. Valerie Hajialexandrou, with a FAN number e.g. 123456. In addition to this your attendance of the SG and WOW also need to be added to this same file.

If when you attend the Safeguarding Children workshop you complete the register as Val Hajialexandrou, (not Valerie) you would then be recorded on our system with another record under Val Hajialexandrou with another FAN number e.g. 891011. This is because the system will not recognise the shortening of the name.

 

For Welfare Officers wanting to access CRB online, the requirements are to have an accepted CRB and also attended a Safeguarding Children Workshop to access a password.  Unfortunately when some Welfare Officers have tried to enter  details to access CRB Online it will not allow them to as it cannot match up the two separate records.

 

I  have on numerous occasions ‘de-duplicated’ welfare officers files, in other words merged all the correct details onto one file and used the FAN number relating to the CRB.

Only then can they apply for a password and enter the site.

 

When checking CRB online yourselves you may see that you have some volunteers entered twice onto your clubs records, once for CRB under their full and correct name, and again for recording their Safeguarding Children workshop under a shortened version.

 If anyone is still experiencing difficulty entering CRB online please contact me by email.

 

 

 

TIME FOR A SPRING CLEAN!!   …..

                           

Have you updated your CRB Online records?!!

 

 Due to the new layout of the FA website, to find your way to the CRB Online service please enter www.thefa.com then scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find Quick Links with four columns, on the right hand side is ‘The FA’ under which is listed ‘Safeguarding’, click on this and you will be brought to a page which shows:

To access the CRB Online Service, please click here.

 

 

Most of you now know how to access this site. 

 

 

For those who do not you will need to know your personal NPD/FAN number,

your Club ID number and Club affiliation number. (If you do not know these details please email me and I will provide them).

  • Enter your NPD/FAN number
  • Click onto Club Welfare Officer Sign Up
  • Provide the details requested (including club ID and affiliation number)
  • A password will be emailed to you for future log-in

 

Once you gain access you will be able to see your list of volunteers, their Safeguarding Children training status and CRB status.

 

You can also add new volunteers and remove ones that have left your club.

 

As quite a few of the Leagues in Kent are requesting their clubs to provide them with lists of Club volunteers together with SG and CRB status, it is a perfect time to ‘spring-clean’ your records ... Out with the old and in with the new !! It is also essential you identify which volunteers require CRB disclosures or if any individuals need to update their Safeguarding Children training.

 

 

It is part of the role of The Welfare Officer to make sure all the above is in order.

 

If your League does request this information from you then you will have it all to hand and it can even be printed off and sent to your Youth League Welfare Officer.

 

PLEASE ENSURE ALL ADULTS IN YOUR CLUBS/LEAGUES THAT ARE WORKING WITH UNDER 18’S HAVE AN FA CRB DISCLOSURE.

 

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                            CONFIDENTIALITY

 

As correspondence between myself and Youth League and Club Welfare Officers may be Private and Confidential, please can you ensure that the email address I have for you is not accessible to other users.

If a home computer is shared with the family perhaps you could have your own secure email address with a password.

 

 

WELFARE OFFICER WORKSHOPS

 

If you have not already attended a Welfare Officer Workshop, I have arranged the following dates. Please ensure that you attend one of these as part of your training.  It will also be a requirement to have attended one in order for club affiliation season 2010/11.

 

 Guidelines for Training with Young Players

 

More clubs are providing football sessions for 5 year olds.  One of our Skills Coaches has put together some common sense guidelines for clubs to consider.

 

 

Environment

 

  • Make sure that the playing surface and the area are safe
  • Try to avoid placing the group too close to older players
  • Have clear expectations and routines to help with behaviour
  • Do not shout or raise your voice with the children unless totally necessary
  • Allow players the chance to experiment and have fun

 

 

 

Practice

 

  • Try to make the practice as inclusive as possible
  • Make sure that players have the opportunity to participate fully
  • Try to relate the practice to something the children will find interesting
  • Include a football whenever possible
  • Creative sessions to engage participants while underpinning key skills such as dribbling, passing, ball manipulation i.e. story book and fun characters.

 

 

 

Player

 

  • Allow players the freedom to try new things and help when necessary
  • Allow the players to make mistakes and self-correct if possible
  • Train the players for a maximum of one hour
  • Allow for plenty of short drinks breaks and rests
  • Try to develop the players technically rather than physically at this age

 

 

 

Equipment

 

  • Use soft cones / discs that won’t injure the players
  • Use appropriate size footballs (e.g. size one or size three)
  • Use smaller goals to allow success for goalkeepers
  • Use visually stimulating layouts and bibs to make the practice clear
  • Use appropriate pitch sizes / dimensions for the number and size of the players

 

 

RESPECT – CODES OF CONDUCT

 

The FA have now finalised their Codes of Conducts with appropriate Actions to accompany them.

 

I have forwarded this by separate email to all Youth League Welfare Officers for onward transmission to Club Welfare Officers.

 

Please include these in your club handbooks and on your websites.

 

There is going to be a new ‘Respect Club Resource’ issued shortly which clubs can use to host an awareness evening to get members and club volunteers to sign up to the codes and make them aware of what will happen if they breach them.

 

You will be advised when this is available.

 

 

TOURNAMENTS

 

Another issue has been highlighted regarding tournaments.  Some tournaments are held where there is a club house with a bar, some tournament organisers erect ‘beer tents’.  Good practice would be not to organise alcohol to be served at youth tournaments.

 

However, where there is a club house serving alcohol during a youth tournament or some provision has been made to serve alcohol via a ‘beer tent’ then as Club Welfare Officers of the Clubs organising the tournament please can you as part of your ‘risk assessment’ ensure bar staff ask for ID before serving alcoholic drinks to anyone that looks under 18 or not sure if they are under 18. At a youth tournament, it goes without saying all players will be under 18.