Make a Positive Statement
Grassroots clubs and leagues in Hertfordshire can now apply for discounted vouchers for new Respect equipment
The latest roll-out of an FA-funded campaign is aiming to use positivity to help create safe, fun and inclusive match day environments and with the chance to save 50% on selected merchandise now’s the perfect time show your support.
Respect, which celebrates its tenth anniversary year, will now see a new focus placed on the impact of positive behavior, and will contribute to both the performance and overall enjoyment of young grassroots footballers.
The campaign’s new mantra, ‘We Only Do Positive’, will specifically focus on the behaviours of parents and coaches. The new-look campaign will also see significant changes made to the associated Respect equipment scheme, which is delivered by the UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation.
As part of the scheme, clubs and leagues across Hertfordshire will be given the opportunity to redeem vouchers enabling them to access half-price Respect packs. Two packs will be available, an on-pitch pack and the other an off-pitch pack to help shape a more positive environment.
The new equipment will contain brand new ‘We Only Do Positive’ messaging to promote the importance of positive behaviour at football and encourage players, parents and coaches to be respectful whilst in attendance.
To find out more about the new packs and how you can get your 50% off voucher, please visit the Football Foundation website by following the link below.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“The Foundation is dedicated to providing quality local facilities at which community footballers of all ages, genders and abilities can enjoy our national game.
At the same time we want to ensure that the quality of experience in community football is also as good as possible. The FA’s Respect campaign is an important part of helping to achieve this, as it promotes a safe and enjoyable atmosphere – particularly for young participants
The Respect equipment packs are an extremely effective way to help create that positive environment.
I would strongly recommend that all clubs and leagues apply for one so that they can provide a positive backdrop on their match days that will set the right tone and encourage the right behaviour. This way everyone can continue to enjoy all of the benefits that we know football can bring.”
Richard Drake, Hertfordshire FA Designated Safeguarding Officer and Respect lead said:
“Creating a positive environment is vital both to a young players enjoyment of the game and to developing their skills. The more leagues and clubs can embed Respect in their matchday experience the greater the benefits will be.
These packs are a great way to highlight your support for the Respect campaign and its new positive message, making it clear to everyone the kind of behaviour that is expected when taking part in football as a player, volunteer or spectator”.
For more information about the Respect campaign and how you can play your part, including Codes of Conduct for different roles in the game, visit our Respect page.