Funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, the Respect scheme offers grants which give 50% off equipment designed to encourage good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game.
The Foundation is still welcoming applications from leagues and clubs for Respect barriers and Respect packs, which are made up of:
- Touchline barriers
- ‘Our club supports Respect’ banners
- High-viz pitch marshals vest
- Captain’s armbands
- Parent and carer’s DVD
- Player cards
- Respect Board
Youth football in England is enormously popular. There are over 55,000 teams and every weekend most players, coaches and referees have an enjoyable experience of the game. There are however occasions where instead of being positive and supportive some spectators fail to recognise that youth football is a time to learn the game and instead are aggressive, sarcastic and disrespectful. Some young players will imitate this adult behaviour whilst others will fail to fulfil their potential or choose, like some referees, to do something else with their time.
Thankfully, though, instances like this remain in the minority and with funding now available for equipment designed to uphold the values of the game, football can continue to be an enjoyable experience for all.
To apply for funding or for more information, please http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/respect/