Matchday Environment

#PlayYourPart: Creating the Best Grassroots Football Experience

Players, Coaches and Spectators Access ‘Matchday Environment’ Pack

Participants within grassroots Essex football are being encouraged to #PlayYourPart and share our player, coach and spectator graphics, designed to help establish the best matchday environment for everyone involved with the game.

Running alongside The FA’s ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign to tackle hate across grassroots football, a range of ‘Matchday Environment Pack’ graphics is available to download now via this link. These will support affiliated clubs to share them within their membership and create a winning atmosphere for all. The graphics include:

* Clubs: Guidance and suggestions for how a club can #PlayYourPart in ensuring the matchday environment is the best it can be.
* Players/Coaches/Spectators: A reference point and reminder of their role in having a positive impact on the matchday environment when representing their club.
* Guide to Coaches Workshop: Tips and advice on when, how and why it is important to hold an annual coaches’ workshop for those representing the club.
* Guide to Spectators Workshop: Highlighting the importance of annual spectator workshops and how to deliver them internally within a club.
* Reporting Discrimination: An information sheet outlining the importance of reporting discrimination and the process which will then be taken.
* Dealing With Breaches of Codes of Conduct: Providing process guidance on dealing with breaches of codes of conduct within a club.

The graphics can be displayed in clubhouses, via WhatsApp groups, on websites, via social media or even as a hyperlinked banner on existing club communications or documents. Essex County FA Chief Executive, Brendan Walshe, is delighted to share the #PlayYourPart resources: These #PlayYourPart resources are supporting club committees to set standards on and off the pitch and are creating a united grassroots environment which delivers football opportunity For All.

“The grassroots game in Essex is thriving. Essex is one of the largest counties for football participation. This is hugely positive, and credit goes to the grassroots volunteer workforce. To continue to build on, and sustain, this brilliant foundation, these club resources are helping to ensure the best and most inclusive environment continues to be created.”

Find the #PlayYourPart resources via this link. Our Football Development Team are on-hand to discuss any of the resources and to advise on how to implement them. Details are also shared by @EssexCountyFA on Twitter/X and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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