Safeguarding and Welfare

Youth Football

Safe, Engaging and Progressive

football welcomes every child or young person

Play the game in a safe, engaging and progressive environment

Whether you have dreams of becoming the next Harry Kane or Steph Houghton, or you'd just like to enjoy kicking a ball about with your friends, Essex football welcomes all children and young people into a safe, engaging and progressive environment.

A review has been implemented in recent seasons which fundamentally changed the way we provide youth football, introducing 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 formats across different age groups and adapting the competition structure to support player development and improve their experience. It's crucial to retain player participation - smoothing the transition into adult football.

FA Lidl Skills and SSE Wildcats sessions also ensure there is a place in football for anyone, regardless of ability. Local youth football is also built upon a dedicated workforce of volunteers who make the game tick, and it's our aim to bring the best out of Essex grassroots football, for all. Whatever your goal, we can help you to achieve it, so keep in touch!



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Reporting Concerns


If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.

By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under 18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.

Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential.