Welcome To Respect

The Respect Programme is the FA’s national initiative to improve behaviour in football, both on and off the field of play.

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place.

Over the 2015-16 season, Suffolk FA are committed to successfully implementing the Respect programme and improving the standards of youth and adult football throughout the county. Key dates and more information around the programme can be found in the document at the foot of this page.

The programme has been around since 2008 and improvements are now being seen, with the number of referees increasing, the amount of discipline for dissent reducing and players saying they are now gaining more enjoyment from the game.

The programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football to ensure a safe, positive environment in which to enjoy the game.

These tools include agreed codes of conduct, in-service training for referees, Respect club resources, spectator sideline barriers and ensuring captains work with referees to manage player behaviour.

For further information you can click here or contact Suffolk FA’s respect officers:

Darryn Marsh on 01449 776383 or email darryn.marsh@suffolkfa.com

Mike Philips on 01449 776315 or email mike.phillips@suffolkfa.com


Respect and Safeguarding Children

Creating fun, safe football environments is central to Respect.

Many children and young people have a fantastic experience through football - some don't. This may be down to aggressive or pushy coaches and parents screaming and shouting from the sidelines. Respect highlights that this behaviour is unacceptable. We need to help coaches and parents understand the effect this behaviour can have and share positive ways to motivate young players.

Support and information for welfare officers to implement the Respect programme can be found by clicking here

For more information on the Safeguarding Education Programme you'll find details of the safeguarding children workshop, which anyone can attend and the Welfare Officer Workshop, which is specifically for those in this role. Please click here or contact Suffolk FA on 01449 616606. 

If you would like further information regarding safeguarding, or want to discuss a concern then contact the county welfare officer, Darryn Marsh, on 07572 107791 or email darryn.marsh@suffolkfa.com.

In addition, and in partnership with the NSPCC, The Football Association opened The FA/NSPCC Child Protection Helpline which you can call on 0808 800 5000. This is a 24-hour telephone helpline for children and adults to seek advice or report a concern on a confidential and, if required, anonymous basis. 

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