Half price deal on touchline barriers and Respect packs available to English clubs and leagues
Football clubs and leagues in England hoping to tackle unacceptable behaviour in grassroots football can apply for 50% funding assistance towards FA Respect equipment.
The Football Foundation have teamed up with the Football Association for another season to provide vouchers up to the value of £2,500 to cover half the cost of equipment to promote the FA’s Respect programme, including touchline barriers and captains’ armbands.
The bundles, which are available in small and large sizes, also include banners stating ‘Our Club supports Respect’ and a high visibility pitch marshals vest.
The Respect programme was launched by the FA in 2008 in a bid to tackle aggressive behaviour by players, coaches and spectators at grassroots football matches and reverse a worrying decline in the number of referees joining the amateur game.
The Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity, is a long-standing supporter of the campaign, which has led to a 20% decrease in cautions for dissent across all levels of the game and has improved the experience of football for 56% of the grassroots community, according to a recent FA survey.
Among those to have benefited from receiving a Respect grant are Essex’s Colebrook Royals Youth FC, who have found large improvements in players and spectator behaviour since receiving their Respect packs.
Club secretary John Eagleton said: “Since we received our bundles I have seen huge changes to our club. The Respect barriers have been a great leap forward for us because it’s allowed our kids to play the game without fear of side line pressure – they really do make a difference.”
To find out more or apply for funding for the 2014/15 season, visit footballfoundation.org.uk. An FA affiliation number is required to apply for funding. If you don’t know yours, please contact your club secretary or local County FA.
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