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43 sites named as key pilots for brand new FA Respect initiative

43 sites named as key pilots for brand new FA Respect initiative

Date published: 29/01/2018
43 sites named as key pilots for brand new FA Respect initiative

43 grassroots football sites across England have been named as facilities set to pilot an innovative initiative as part of The FA’s flagship behavioural campaign, Respect.

It is hoped that regular exposure to Respect messaging whilst at the facilities will positively reinforce good behaviour and create an inclusive environment for all on matchdays.

One grassroots site from each County FA region has been chosen as an FA Respect ‘Champion’ site, which will pilot an increased level of Respect messaging. Players, coaches, officials and spectators at the sites will be exposed a greater level of Respect messaging throughout their time at the facility, encouraging them to evaluate their behaviours whilst on-site. 

The FA’s Respect scheme, delivered by the Football Foundation, aims to ensure that football – both on and off the pitch – continues to be an enjoyable experience for all. If the pilot scheme at the 43 ‘Champion’ sites proves successful, similar Respect messaging could be installed at every new, Football Foundation facility, with a view to installing at existing sites also. 

Nathan French, The FA’s National Respect Project Manager, said: “It is fantastic news that these 43 ‘Champion’ Respect sites have been selected. The Respect scheme aims to create a positive matchday environment at all grassroots football facilities.

“Through the support of these sites and the grassroots community up and down the country, we are continuing to work towards a more inclusive, greater grassroots game for all.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- The Football Foundation Communications Team on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or events@footballfoundation.org.uk 


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“It is fantastic news that these 43 ‘Champion’ Respect sites have been selected. Through the support of these sites and the grassroots community up and down the country, we are continuing to work towards a more inclusive, greater grassroots game for all.”- Nathan French, The FA's National Respect Project Manager

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