A few words from Chris Day, Villa’s Albion in the Community coach.
As a club we’d like to think you’ve all now heard of the FA Respect programme – launched in 2008, it’s aim is to combat unacceptable behaviour on, off and around the pitch. At the time it’s fair to say youth football in particular was heading out of control, and being dominated by a parental bunch of Mini Mourinho’s hell bent on living out their own dreams through their children.
I won’t touch on adult football, all I’ll mention is I once witnessed the captain of another Brighton team being sent off for racism towards a young Villa player…..whilst wearing a Respect captains armband. I fear the paradox may have been lost on this idiot.
As parent / coach / spectator our behaviour around the pitch needs to be exemplary – the FA has done a great series of videos with Ray Winstone, check this one out.
We’ve all seen it in action, we’ve all winced, but we can do our bit by being supportive, and giving the kids back their game. They play for many reasons, but overall it’s essentially to have fun and be with their friends. Winning? If possible, but competing and enjoying the game are often enough.
Sussex FA’s code of conduct for parents, players, coaches and officials can be found here.
It’s all fairly obvious hopefully, but we can all play a part in ensuring we provide a supportive and safe environment for the kids to thrive.