Youth Football Silent Weekend 2014

As part of the Lancashire FA's continued efforts to positively change attitudes and behaviour in grassroots youth football, we are delighted to announce that the weekend of 8th & 9th March 2014 will officially be 'Silent Saturday' and 'Silent Sunday'.

As part of this unique initiative we are asking each of our member leagues and clubs to sign up for this initiative using the designated e-mail address silent.weekend@lancashirefa.com

Why?

Young children tell us they are frightened and intimidated by excessive noise levels. Older players tell us it irritates and angers them and often results in an exchange of words with coaches and parents

What Do We Expect?

  • All clubs and leagues to sign up
  • All clubs to manage this initiative internally and ensure total adherence
  • Where possible an Adult Ambassador to be present at every game
  • All adults to refrain from any shouting or direct communication with players
  • Quiet discussion between adults only
  • Applause for both teams
  • Parents to refrain from “advising” coaches
  • Parents/ Coaches to refrain from “advising” or questioning referees
  • Players to respond to post-match survey
  • Adults to respond to post-match survey
  • Referees to respond to post-match survey 

What Will Happen?

Your league or club name will be added to the evolving list on the county FA website. You will be sent a pack containing a flyer to circulate amongst parents and coaches with a Silent Weekend match day code of conduct on the reverse. We will hopefully provide suitable resources to clubs in advance. We will send an electronic copy of the flyer for league and club websites upon request.

Will This Be Promoted?

In addition to the resources above we will invest time and effort in publicising this widely through various media outlets and the national governing body. We will also be inviting our neighbouring counties to make this initiative known to its member leagues in which Lancashire clubs participate.

Will It Work?

Yes, if we want it to work. We also believe that there will be a very positive response upon reflection by both children and adults. It may be a small step in the right direction but we can show that on this weekend at least, those who do not share our priorities of inclusion, enjoyment, and respect, are in the absolute minority. Every one of us can make a difference. We can start by individually and collectively supporting this idea. Any queries or suggestions should be addressed to Neil Yates.

TO FIND OUT WHICH CLUBS AND LEAGUES HAVE SIGNED UP TO THE WEEKEND CLICK HERE

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY CLICK HERE

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