75% discount on new FA Respect equipment

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The FA Respect equipment scheme has been refreshed for 2017/18 season to help improve behaviour in grassroots football.

The grassroots football season has begun with a huge and refreshed push by The FA and Football Foundation on the Respect scheme to ensure that football - both on and off the pitch - continues to be enjoyable, inclusive and a positive experience For All.

All is being made available to clubs and leagues at a substantially discounted rate for a six-week period at the start of the season. Clubs and leagues will be able to apply to the Football Foundation for a voucher which entitles them to a 75% discount until 5:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.

The equipment offering now includes stronger pitch-side spectator barriers with a call to action, additional promotional materials and Attention-boards that can be branded with the club or league’s logos. From 5:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017, the vouchers will revert back to clubs and leagues attracting a 50% discount.

All affiliated clubs with Under-7s teams will be automatically entered into two prize draws during the season and have the chance to win one of 200 Barrier Pro Sets.

Successfully drawn teams will be contacted by the Football Foundation two weeks after the respective draw has taken place. Please note, the 200 winners will be drawn in two timeframes - the first 100 will be drawn over the next couple of weeks and the second draw will be made in the second half of the season.

The FA will also pilot Respect signage at a number of grassroots sites over the 2017/18 season, which will be used to convey messaging that positively reinforces good behaviour amongst parents, coaches, players and officials.

The Grant Management Team at the Football Foundation has tested a number of grassroots sites where the pilot scheme will be trialed. It is hoped that each of the grassroots sites will be positively received so that the pilot can be extended further in future seasons. 

Kelly Simmons, Director of Participation and Development, said: “Football provides fantastic opportunities to have fun, stay healthy and learn crucial life skills.

“Whilst we want the game to stay competitive, it must be conducted in a respectful manner - there can be no room for abusive language and behaviour.

“These digital and physical materials help to ensure a positive environment For All. However, the responsibility ultimately lies with people themselves to act with Respect for their fellow participants - whether they are players, coaches, spectators or officials.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the grassroots game. People are less likely to keep returning to play, coach and officiate if they experience swearing or violent behaviour.

“We want players of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy the best possible quality of experience - from the surface they play on, to the friendliness they encounter on and off the pitch. The Respect campaign is a key part of making that happen.

“I would strongly recommend that clubs and leagues take advantage of getting the physical materials at this heavily discounted rate, by applying for the voucher via the Football Foundation website. They will greatly help project the right image and backdrop to help facilitate a good experience for players, parents and officials.”

For further information about The FA Respect equipment scheme please contact The FA:

The FA
E: Respect@TheFA.com