Essex Continues Support for Respect Across Youth Football
Grassroots Says ‘We Only Do Positive’ for New Season
We will continue to spread a positive message of Respect across youth football throughout the 2019/20 season and beyond.
The ‘We Only Do Positive’ campaign - part of The FA’s wider Respect initiative - returns for the beginning of the youth football season following a successful 2018/19 helping to create a positive environment for players, on and off the pitch.
The campaign aims to highlight the importance of positive behaviour for young footballers, educating parents and coaches on their role in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for children to play the game.
Results from last season showed increased awareness of the Respect initiative amongst all grassroots participants and, in particular, within youth football. There was widespread positive feedback from over 200,000 coaches and club officials, and 86% said fixtures are now being played in a positive environment.
The FA’s wider Respect initiative was launched in 2008 after a build-up of behavioural problems in the national game. Other recent campaigns include ‘21 Days of Positivity’, which was taken up by thousands of coaches across the country and supported by England Manager Gareth Southgate, plus players across England’s senior teams.
Helen Hever, Essex County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, said: "Respect is important in Essex and across the country - particularly in youth football. Positive encouragement is crucial to give young people confidence and enable them to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment. The priority remains to ensure they can flourish and enjoy the game they love."