Effective teamwork is key to footballing success - on and off the pitch. Mutual respect and understanding are vital ingredients. Bullying is not
Anti-Bullying Week is a campaign co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year it is taking place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November with the theme 'Make A Noise About Bullying'. The week kicks off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.
Hertfordshire FA are encouraging clubs to use this opportunity have positive conversations about the fine line between banter and bullying.
Having a clear understanding of how 'banter' can cross the line and become bullying is important for every club. The Anti-Bullying Alliance are inviting Coaches, Welfare Officers, parents, and carers to get involved by starting positive conversations in their football clubs.
"This Anti-Bullying Week we want you to help make a noise about bullying, focus on how to recognise playful banter as well as empowering young people to speak up when the line is crossed," says Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE
The Alliance defines bullying as: "The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online."
Meanwhile, banter is: "The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks."
HOW CAN YOUR CLUB GET INVOLVED?
- Make a noise: Start the conversation, clearly communicate that your club won't tolerate bullying. Make sure your club's anti-bullying policy is easily available
- Report concerns: Make sure players and parents/carers know how to report any concerns
- Signpost parents and carers: to the Anti-Bullying Alliance's resources
- Odd Socks Day: Join the fun by wearing odd socks during any day of the week to celebrate difference on Odd Socks Day.
SHARE YOUR ACTIVITY
Let football know how your club is promoting Anti-Bullying Week on social media. Tag us and use the hashtags #AntiBullying Week, #MakeANoise and #OddSocksDay.
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