In association with th FA and Leicestershire & Rutland County FA, we are committed to ensuring that all children involved in the game are able to enjoy their football in a safe and fun environment.
Safeguarding children is about doing things the right way and doing things properly. That means there is no place for bullying, neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse in football at any level. Football can have a powerful and positive influence on children but that means everyone involved in football must take on the responsibility of looking after those children, whether they are involved in the game as a player, spectator, coach or referee.
The key principles for ensuring children are safe in football are:
• The child's welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
It is estimated that 4million children are involved in football in the UK and providing opportunities for those children are over 500,000 volunteers in clubs and leagues. Grassroots football would not exist without the many thousands of volunteers involved today. Ensuring that we encourage those individuals that are suitable for the many roles football has to offer, is essential.
We know that a friendly, well run club is more likely to be successful in encouraging additional volunteers. Therefore we are taking all reasonable steps to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children and young people. Our sound recruitment and selection procedures will help to screen out those who are not suitable to work in football.
All Clubs with junior teams must now show a commitment to Safeguarding by having a Club Welfare Officer. At Lutterworth Athletic FC, The Club Welfare Officer is Mark Weston. Mark will work with the management committee to ensure all the necessary safeguarding policies and procedures are in place, including a Child Protection Policy, Anti-Bully, Travel and Transport guidance and the Respect Codes of Conduct.
(Text sourced from the Official FA Website - Please see more information link)
YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, We expect all of our young players to adhere to the FA's respect code of conduct. We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.
ADULT PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, We expect all of our adult players to adhere to the FA's respect code of conduct. Players tell us they want a referee for every match, yet thousands of match officials drop out because of the abuse and intimidation they receive on and off the pitch. Respect your referee today and you may just get one for every match this season.
COACHES, MANAGERS & CLUB OFFICIALS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, We expect all of our Coaches, Managers and Club Officials to adhere to the FA's respect code of conduct. In The FA’s survey of 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the game. This included the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour of over competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sideline.
SPECTATORS, PARENTS AND CARERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, We expect all of our spectators, parents and carers to adhere to the FA's respect code of conduct. This club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.
MATCH OFFICIALS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, We expect all Match Officials to adhere to the FA's respect code of conduct. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the sidelines. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct of match officials at all times.