On Saturday 12th January 2019, Hampshire FA in partnership with Portsmouth FC will host a ‘Respect fixture’ for Portsmouth FC v Blackpool FC which will take place at Portsmouth FC’s home ground at Fratton Park, 3pm KO. This will provide Hampshire FA with yet another opportunity to publicise and promote the Respect programme to thousands of people present at the game.
To kick off the 2018/19 youth football season, The Football Association [The FA] has announced a renewed focus on the Respect campaign as it enters its ten year anniversary. Originally launched in the 2008/09 season, the campaign’s new mantra of ‘We Only Do Positive’ aims to improve behaviour on touchlines across the country by raising awareness of Respect amongst a new generation of parents, coaches, volunteers and players. The campaign follows extensive research carried out during the 2017/18 season to understand the effect of negative behaviour at football matches from Under 7s to Under 18s level more clearly, focusing on where Respect interventions would be most effective. We Only Do Positive’ is The FA’s new strategic approach to emphasise the role of parents and coaches whilst highlighting the importance of positive behaviours and environments – both on and off the pitch – for young footballers involved in mini-soccer and youth football. The FA’s Respect campaign aims to educate parents and coaches on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for players to ensure the campaign is embraced throughout the age groups and result in sustained participation from players and volunteers alike.
Hampshire FA fully endorses and supports the FA Respect programme and as such the county FA has several local initiatives in place to provide education and guidance on best practice procedures. The best practice procedures are sent to clubs and leagues and with their support, is then disseminated to players, officials, parents and spectators, ensuring all are fully aware of the programme and the positive impact it can have on the grassroots game.
The key aims and objectives is to ensure that respect initiatives are fully implemented to promote a safe, fun, enjoyable, friendly and Inclusive environment which aids to the enjoyment of the football experience. A group of volunteers along with Hampshire FA employees meet quarterly as part of a Respect & Safeguarding Sub Group Committee with the aim of promoting both Respect and Safeguarding in grassroots affiliated football. Initiatives include the delivery of a Respect Education workshop which is interactive to include a quiz on the laws of the game and expected behaviours from all participants and spectators, with educational video clips presented along with best practice information. The presentation lasts approx. one hour in duration and is available to any Hampshire FA affiliated club. The Respect Education workshop has been delivered in the county since 2015 to approximately 70 clubs and on average 2,100 participants.
“Hampshire FA is committed to eliminating bad behaviour detrimental to the grassroots game and fully supports and implements The FA's Respect programme in all areas. As a county FA, we have rolled out a series of Respect Education workshops to educate our members which continues to date and lead by the county FA Designated Safeguarding Officer; additionally we have supported and continue to support The FA's 'Set your stall out weekend', an initiative designed to promote Respect, which sees an appointed youth league deliver a variety of matches that fully endorses the programme with FA Respect banners, touchline barriers, Respect stewards and more to raise awareness and the profile of the programme". Hampshire FA CEO, Neil Cassar.
Within Hampshire affiliated youth leagues, Respect Steward Match Delegates were appointed at U7 and U8 age groups for season 2014-15 following on from the successful trial held in 2013-14. This has now increased further and there are Respect Steward Match Delegates at U7 through to the U12 age groups whilst some leagues have gone the extra mile to enforce this at every age group in the league. The Respect stewards are responsible for ensuring their own teams’ spectators fully comply with Respect designated spectator areas, are a visual point of contact for any concerns, enquiries or general assistance whilst also reminding supporters of their responsibilities while present at all times.
Additionally, this season the county FA hosted a Silent Weekend initiative which was rolled out to youth leagues as well as clubs in Hampshire. The Silent Weekend initiative was implemented to allow players to play the game with minimal vocal influence by parents, spectators, coaches and managers to see whether or not this had a positive impact on their game although cheering and applauding was encouraged for all participants. The second Hampshire FA Silent Weekend has already been scheduled for the Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2019 with further details to be announced in due course.
Hampshire FA CEO, Neil Cassar.
Furthermore, Hampshire FA introduced its own Respect Award recognising one youth football league and one adult football league for their commitment to the Respect programme in the county; the annual awards are selected by the Respect & Safeguarding Sub Group Committee each year and are presented to two deserving leagues at the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards which recognises unsung heroes in the grassroots game in Hampshire.
"I would like to extend a massive thank you to Portsmouth FC and Blackpool FC for their willingness to support the programme, this presents yet another a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to spread the message and its importance in front of a larger audience. I would also like to personally thank all the staff at Portsmouth FC and Pompey in the Community, particularly Colin Farmery, Clare Martin, Fiona Bristow and Mark Catlin for supporting the Respect fixture, for their organisation, preparations and efforts behind the scenes, working closely with us in the lead up to the game. A collaborative approach is required to achieve any goal and so I'd like to thank everyone involved for their contribution, I hope everyone’s efforts will be shown on the day”
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Respect Education Workshop + Ticket incentive!
Hampshire FA has teamed up with Kick It Out to host a Respect Education workshop in the lead up to the Portsmouth FC v Blackpool FC Respect fixture taking place on Saturday 12th January 2019, 3pm KO.
The free workshop has been put together by Hampshire FA and Kick It Out, focusing on a number of areas relating to The FA’s Respect programme, terminology and how this can impact on creating an inclusive environment within football and society. Additionally, the presentation on the evening will focus on the work of Kick It Out.
The workshop will take place on Monday 10th December, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (arrival from 6:15pm) at Pompey in the Community's venue (Anson Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8TB).
Please note the workshop is a first come, first serve basis for the first 12 candidates to register on the survey by no later than Wednesday 5th December at 12pm - please note the registration form may close earlier if all places have been filled. Full details will be sent to the first 12 registered candidates for the course by Friday 7th December in time for the workshop on Monday 10th December. Please note if you haven’t received confirmation of a place by email, you were unsuccessful at securing a place at the workshop this time round.
There are only 12 spaces available for the workshop and each attendee that registers and attends the workshop will receive 1x free ticket for the Portsmouth FC v Blackpool FC game on Saturday 12th January 2019. Tickets will be collected on the day of the fixture from PiTC’s reception. Full details will be provided on the confirmation email and on the day of the workshop as well to all candidates who attend the workshop. Register here for the workshop.
Become a Respect Mascot for a day!
Hampshire FA and Portsmouth FC are providing the opportunity for Hampshire FA clubs to nominate a player aged 5-12 years old to become a ‘Hampshire FA Respect Mascot’ at the Portsmouth FC v Blackpool FC Respect fixture taking place on Saturday 12th January 2019, 3pm at the home of Portsmouth FC, at Fratton Park in Portsmouth. The opportunity will provide one child accompanied by two parents and/or guardians with free entry to the game to spread awareness of the Respect programme with support from Pompey in the Community.
A draw will be conducted selecting one lucky winner with the opportunity to become Hampshire FA’s Respect Mascot for the day at the Respect fixture. Full details will be provided to Club Welfare Officers. To find out more and/or to nominate a child for the opportunity, please fully complete all sections on this registration form.
Please note that kit will need to be collected from Pompey in the Community’s main reception by 13:30 on the day of the fixture (Saturday 12th January 2019).
The registration form is open on Thursday 22nd November at 12pm and will close on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 12pm. Nominate a child by clicking here (unlimited nominations per club).
PLEASE NOTE: You will be contacted by Friday 7th December if your nomination has been successful decided by the luck of the draw. If you have not heard from us by Friday 7th December, then unfortunately on this occasion your nomination has not been successful. Full details will be provided to the parent and nominator by Hampshire FA personnel in preparation for January.
Hampshire FA in partnership with Portsmouth FC will be running a social media ‘retweeting’ campaign. The social media campaign will commence on Monday 3rd December and finish on Friday 7th December at 12pm. A randomised draw will be conducted, selecting one lucky winner of the social media campaign (one pair of tickets up for grabs!) out of all those who have retweeted the Respect image circulating on Hampshire FA's Twitter account from Monday 3rd December. Let the retweeting commence!
The lucky winner will be announced in a Tweet on Monday 10th December and messaged for details on how to obtain their tickets for the Respect match taking place on Saturday 12th January, Portsmouth FC v Blackpool FC, 3pm KO.