Respect

Our league mission statement is:

‘Providing a platform for children and adults with disabilities to play competitive football in Sussex, giving all a fair opportunity to play the game with enough challenge to develop.’

Part of our commitment is to ensure that Respect is shown to all involved not just on match days but also within your own clubs, between your team mates and coaches and in all football environments. If we remember to treat others as we would like to be treated then we can’t go far wrong.

The FA Respect programme aims to allow referees to officiate and players to participate in matches without being subjected to abuse by other players, coaches, parents or spectators. It is an issue for the whole of football and everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions to ensure a positive environment in which football is enjoyed by all.

Parents/Carers, friends and family members who support players have a big responsibility as part of the Respect programme. Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football, and all supporters can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club’s Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season.

Players are asked to sign a Code of Conduct to ‘promise’ to abide by a set of rules governing their behaviour as a player. Working together with the coach, captain and match day referee, players have a major role to play to ensure a positive environment on the pitch – and off it. Players are asked to shake hands with the opposition and match officials pre- and post-match in a spirit of fair play.

Coaches have a hugely important role to play in Respect, as they are not only responsible for their own behaviour, but they can also influence that of their players and spectators too. On a match day, coaches are expected to work with players, parents and other spectators to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse or intimidation.

The Respect programme relies on clubs and leagues to take active steps to ensure high standards of conduct throughout their club or league.

Clubs can sign up to and enforce Codes of Conduct for their players, coaches, parents and spectators, which will set the standard for behaviour throughout their club. It is important that clubs take action if Codes are broken to send out a clear message that negative behaviour will not be tolerated.

Below are a few resources which you may find useful: