Be Kind Champions
Our 'Be Kind Champions' are helping us CREATe POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR KIDS TO ENJOY FOOTBALl
People in the grassroots game should be proud of the environment they create for kids.
Sadly, however, there are still people involved in clubs, or who are connected to clubs, who choose to behave in ways that are simply unacceptable and inexcusable.
West Riding FA represent over 90,000 people (players, coaches, referees, volunteers) and hundreds of matches take place at the weekend across the County.
WE WAS TOLD
• West Riding FA should ‘do more’ and be more present on matchday
• West Riding FA doesn’t appreciate the scale of poor behaviour (and patterns of behaviour)
• Referees don’t consistently manage poor behaviour on matchday (players, club officials, spectators)
• Referees don’t consistently report poor touchline behaviour
• Clubs don’t do enough to regulate the behaviour of their players, coaching staff, and spectators
• West Riding FA aren’t aware of the type of actions/language used at children’s football matches and don’t take appropriate action
• Instances of poor behaviour should be reported and addressed as a safeguarding matter in conjunction with the formal FA disciplinary procedure
WHAT'S THE PLAN?
To recruit a group of individuals who are passionate about providing good quality experiences for kids and enabling them, on behalf of West Riding FA, to attend junior football matches and report back on what they see and hear.
West Riding FA will work with league officials to identify games and our 'Be Kind Champions' will attend the game and provide post-match feedback, good and bad, on their experience at the game.