The FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation.
Youth football in England is enormously popular. There are over 55,000 teams and every weekend most players, coaches and referees have an enjoyable experience of the game. There are however occasions where instead of being positive and supportive some spectators fail to recognise that youth football is a time to learn the game and instead are aggressive, sarcastic and disrespectful. Some young players will imitate this adult behaviour whilst others will fail to fulfil their potential or choose - like some referees - to do something else with their time.
However the good news is that since the Respect programme was launched in 2008 The FA has identified a range of measures that tackle these raging touchline parents, educate young players and contribute to the positive and fun experience that we all want our children to have.
This Football Foundation scheme offers your club, school or league the opportunity to purchase Respect equipment which, if used effectively, will help us to promote the beautiful game. The scheme offers 50 % off the normal cost price of these items.
The Respect scheme opened on 21 August 2012 and will remain open until the funding has been used up.
2015/16 season update
The Respect scheme will open for applications for the 2015/16 season during the week commencing 24 August 2015.
2014/15 season update
From August 2014, all clubs and leagues with a 2014/15 affiliation number will be eligible for Respect vouchers according to the eligibility criteria below.
Any club or league that has used up its allocation for 2013/14 will get their units reinstated so will be free to apply again.
For season 2014/15 in response to feedback from clubs and leagues we have also introduced a new ‘Pro Barrier’. This is a more substantial portable barrier system – similar to that you might see used at an airport or post office. It’s particularly suitable if a storage facility is available adjacent to the pitch.
Please note that for the current season, all FA affiliation codes start with the letter ‘M’ and we will only accept applications with the new season’s code.
The following equipment is available using the voucher:
- ‘Our club/league supports Respect’ banners
- High-viz pitch marshals vest
- Captain’s armbands
- Parent and carer’s DVD
- Player cards
- Sleeve badges
- Respect boards
Vouchers are available for all FA affiliated clubs and leagues. You will require a 2014/15 affiliation number to be eligible for the scheme, which can be obtained from your club secretary or alternatively from your parent County FA.
Affiliated clubs are entitled to the following allowance:
|Club Status ||Entitlement |
|Affiliated but non Charter Standard Club || 2 units |
|Charter Standard Club || 3 units |
|Charter Standard Development Club || 4 units |
|Charter Standard Community Club || 5 units |
- One Respect barrier (full price £117)
- One Barrier Pro pack (full price £276)
- One wall mounted Respect board (full price £54)
- One Respect board (full price £90/114 with/without bag)
- Three Respect boards (full price £318 with bag)
- One Respect small bundle (full price £93)
- One Respect large bundle (full price £438)
- One large Barrier Pro bundle (full price £483)
- One extra large bundle (full price £717)
- A small bundle consists of: 2 x banners, 2 x vests, 10 x captain’s armbands, 2 x player’s cards, 1 x Respect parent’s DVD, 2 x iron on badges, 1 x sticky poster
- A large bundle consists of: 2 x touchline barriers, 2 x banners, 2 x vests, 10 x captain’s armbands, 2 x player’s cards, 1 x Respect parent’s DVD, 2 x iron on badges, 1 x sticky poster, 1 x board with a bag
- A large barrier pro bundle consists of: 1 x barrier pro, 1 x Sportzhub A board with bag, 2 x 'Our club supports Respect' banners (hemmed and eyeleted), 1 x Sportzhub sticky poster, 2 x FA Respect branded high visibility pitch marshal vests, 10 x FA Respect branded captain’s armbands, 2 x decks of FA Respect player’s cards, 2 x iron-on Respect sleeve badges, 1 x FA Respect parent and carer DVD
- An extra large bundle consists of: 2 x 120m touchline logos barrier sets, 1 x Barrier Pro set, 1 x Sportzhub A board with bag, 2 x 'Our club supports Respect' banners (hemmed and eyeleted), 1 x Sportzhub sticky poster, 2 x FA Respect branded high visibility pitch marshal vests, 10 x FA Respect branded captain’s armbands, 2 x decks of FA Respect player’s cards, 2 x iron-on Respect sleeve badges, 1 x FA Respect parent and carer DVD
Clubs are also able to get funding from local businesses by offering advertising space on the free-standing Respect Boards in exchange for paying for their share of the cost of Respect items.
To do so, clubs should apply in the usual way for a Respect voucher, but must then order the sponsored Respect Boards directly from our suppliers, quoting the voucher code in any correspondence. Further information on how to order the sponsored Boards can be found at www.sportzhub.co.uk/respectboards.
Leagues can request a single voucher that entitles the league to get 50% off a maximum of £5,000 of Respect items.
Unlike the club scheme there is no restriction on which items can be bought in any combination; the only limiting factors are that the voucher has a maximum value of £2,500 and can only be used once during the season.
In order to promote the Respect scheme to a wider audience, The FA has decided to extend the Respect equipment scheme to all schools in England.
The application process will run in exactly the same way as the established Football Foundation scheme, the only difference is that the bundles available will be comprised of slightly different items, tailored towards Schools football.
Affiliated schools are entitled to the following allowance:
|Club Status ||Entitlement |
|Schools || 2 units |
- One Respect Barrier (full price £117)
- One Barrier Pro Pack (full price £276)
- One wall mounted Respect Board (full price £54)
- One Respect Board (full price £90/114 with/without bag)
- Three Respect Boards (full price £318 with bag)
- One small Respect schools bundle (full price £154)
- One large Respect schools bundle (full price £271)
- A small school bundle consists of: 1 x touchline barrier, 2 x vests, 10 x captain’s armbands, 2 x referee’s badges, 2 x player’s cards, 1 x Respect parent’s DVD
- A large school bundle consists of: 2 x touchline barriers, , 2 x vests, 10 x captain’s armbands, 2 x referee’s badges, 2 x player’s cards, 1 x Respect parent’s DVD
Applying for funding
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