10 FOCUS ON THE DELIVERY FOCUS ON THE DELIVERY: RESPECT Solely funded byThe FA and delivered by the Foundation, the Respect Equipment Scheme was set up in 2008 to encourage good behaviour in grassroots football from players and spectators alike through the award of ‘Respect packs.’ The packs are made up of captains’ armbands and marshals’ bibs, which serve as a visual reminder to onlookers not to negatively impact the game that they are watching. Signage and touchline barriers also help to create a designated area for spectators to stand behind to prevent encroachment on officials. During the 2015/16 season, the Foundation awarded 301 Respect packs to grassroots football leagues and clubs, including Norfolk- based Thetford Bulldogs FC who received a pack worth £144. Even before the Respect scheme had been introduced the Bulldogs were at the forefront of maintaining discipline. Club Secretary Kirsty Turner made clear: “We have always insisted that all players and parents sign a behavioural charter, and we take a dim view of anyone who anyone who does not respect the rules.” The club trains on Wednesday evenings at Euston Hall football pitches in Thetford and DISCIPLINE BEING UPHELD BY THETFORD BULLDOGS FC FOLLOWING RESPECT GRANT their games, which are played on a weekend, are well attended by parents and guardians. Karia Dale, who joined the club a year ago as a left-back for the Under-13 team, has noticed a positive change in the behaviour of onlookers especially when she is running along the touchline during games. “The Respect barriers have definitely helped because the ref and players are not too close to the spectators,” says Karia. “All the girls and our manager just want to focus on the game, so the barriers act as a reminder to everyone to respect the rules and enjoy the match.” CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY