Safeguarding in adult football Feb 2020

Safeguarding in open-age football

SUFFOLK FA are working to make football a safe and enjoyable experience For All.

SUFFOLK FA are constantly working to make football in the county a safe and enjoyable experience For All.

At the start of 2019 The FA contacted open-age adult football clubs and leagues across the country to support them in fully understanding their safeguarding responsibilities for under 18s, and adults in disability teams.

Every open-age adult club is required to ensure the safeguarding of any under 18s involved with them. In addition, where there are adult disability teams, they are required to promote safeguarding adults, across every aspect of the club.

Details of the requirements at each level of the game can be found in the document below. Many clubs will already meet these requirements, particularly those who also offer Youth football where similar requirements have been enforced for some time.

Suffolk FA Designated Safeguarding Officer Darryn Marsh said: “We are committed to creating safe and enjoyable football for all. We are here to support all of our adult clubs and leagues to ensure these requirements are met and can help you with any questions you may have in terms of safeguarding.”

For further information and assistance please contact Darryn Marsh on 01449 616606 or via email

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