The Football Association is encouraging youth football clubs and leagues to support the Respect campaign on a weekend of promoting good behaviour in grassroots football.
A range of new Respect resources are being made available for the ‘Respect – Set Your Stall Out’ weekend, which takes place on 10-11 October with clubs and leagues being asked to set the tone for the kind of behaviour they wish to see throughout the season.
Clubs and leagues can apply for their resource pack – which includes Respect posters, touchline lanyards, bootlaces, sweatbands, tattoos and armbands – from fasetyourstallout.com.
Last year over 1200 clubs and 100 leagues took part in the ‘Set Your Stall Out’ weekend and the FA hopes that more will get involved this year to help more young players to enjoy the game.
The Respect programme was launched in 2008, since when the number of cautions for dissent has declined by 23 per cent, whilst the number of registered referees has risen from less than 23,000 to around 27,000.
The FA’s Respect manager Dermot Collins said: “What these stats mean in reality is a more positive and enjoyable environment for the game to take place in and because of this, it’s much more likely that we keep coming back week after week – whether as players, referees, volunteers, parents or spectators.
“As it’s still early in the new season, we’d love to see clubs and leagues using our resources to send out clear, important messages about how they want to see grassroots Football being played and watched in this country.”
Despite the increase in referees over the seven years of the Respect campaign, numbers have actually dropped 3% since 2011, when there were 26,771 registered officials.
The issue of behaviour remains a hot topic grassroots football, with opinion divided as to whether behaviour at grassroots level has actually improved since the Respect programme was launched.
To register your club or league for its Respect resources for the ‘Set Your Stall Out’ weekend, visit fasetyourstallout.com. One application per club or league.
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