Wodson Park in East Hertfordshire has been named as one of several grassroots football facilities across the country set to pilot an innovative initiative as part of The FA’s flagship behavioural campaign, Respect.
It is hoped that regular exposure to Respect messaging whilst at the facility will positively reinforce good behaviour and create an inclusive environment for all on matchdays.
Players, coaches, officials and spectators at Wodson Park will be exposed a greater level of Respect messaging throughout their time at the facility, encouraging them to evaluate their behaviours whilst on-site.
The FA’s Respect scheme, delivered by the Football Foundation, aims to ensure that football – both on and off the pitch – continues to be an enjoyable experience for all. If the pilot scheme at the 43 ‘Champion’ sites proves successful, similar Respect messaging could be installed at every new, Football Foundation facility, with a view to installing at existing sites also.
Karl Lingham, Joint Acting CEO of Hertfordshire Football Association, said:
“We are delighted that Wodson Park are helping to create a fun, positive and safe space for Hertfordshire’s football community to play the game they love. The FA respect scheme ensures high standards of behaviour are maintained throughout the sport.”
Nathan French, The FA’s National Respect Project Manager, said:
“It is fantastic news that Wodson Park has been selected as one of our ‘Champion’ Respect sites. The Respect scheme aims to create a positive matchday environment at all grassroots football facilities.
“Through the support of Wodson Park and similar sites up and down the country, we are continuing to work towards a more inclusive, greater grassroots game for all."