21 Days of Positivity

21 Days of Positivity

England stars name those that had a positive influence on their game as young players to mark the launch of The FA’s 21 Days of Positivity

Players from the England men’s, women’s and disability football teams have lined up together in a new video released today to support 21 Days of Positivity, as part of The FA’s ‘We Only Do Positive’ Respect campaign

The FA’s Respect campaign seeks to improve touchline and on-pitch behaviour in youth football across the country. Research from The FA shows that 90% of youth footballers perform better with positive encouragement.

Launched today, 21 Days of Positivity asks parents and coaches involved in youth football to place extra focus on being positive in their approach over the next three weeks and to share their positive stories on social media with #WeOnlyDoPositive.

Across the 21 days, which is the period of time it takes to enact a behavioural change and form a habit, The FA will share messages of positivity on its social media channels, with England stars thanking those that have had the biggest influence on them.

In a video released by The FA on ‘Blue Monday’, England Men’s Ross Barkley and Jesse Lingard, England Women’s Toni Duggan and England Blind squad member Azeem Amir talk openly about how positive encouragement impacted them at a young age, benefiting their lives and careers.

Across the 21 Days, coaches who have signed up will receive emails from The FA including hints, tips and insight in to three key themes; ‘positive environment’, ‘positive practices’ and ‘positive players’.

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. We are here to support any club or league that wants to embed Respect into what they do, ensuring children have great experiences throughout their football journey."

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.