Following on from the recent launch of the Respect campaign – 'We Only Do Positive', The FA and Football Foundation are giving clubs and leagues across Sussex the opportunity to redeem vouchers enabling them to access half-price Respect packs.
Originally launched in the 2008/09 season, the campaign’s new mantra of ‘We Only Do Positive’ aims to improve behaviour on touchlines across the country by raising awareness of Respect amongst a new generation of parents, coaches, volunteers and players.
The changes come after independent research commissioned by The FA found 90% of young footballers say they play better with support and encouragement whilst 92% get greater enjoyment from the sport when they play in a positive environment.
The new-look campaign will also see significant changes made to the associated Respect equipment scheme, which is delivered by the UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation.
As part of the scheme, clubs and leagues across Sussex will be given the opportunity to redeem vouchers enabling them to access half-price Respect packs. Two packs will be available, an on-pitch pack and an off-pitch pack. The new equipment will contain brand new ‘We Only Do Positive’ messaging to promote the importance of positive behaviour at football and encourage players, parents and coaches to be respectful whilst in attendance.
The scheme offers 50% savings on any order placed through this scheme whilst stocks last. This provides the opportunity to purchase new look Respect branded assets including banners, A-boards and pitch barriers. Visit Football Foundation to apply for a Respect pack.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Foundation is dedicated to providing quality local facilities at which community footballers of all ages, genders and abilities can enjoy our national game.
“At the same time we want to ensure that the quality of experience in community football is also as good as possible. The FA’s Respect campaign is an important part of helping to achieve this, as it promotes a safe and enjoyable atmosphere – particularly for young participants.
“The Respect equipment packs are an extremely effective way to help create that positive environment. I would strongly recommend that all clubs and leagues apply for one so that they can provide a positive backdrop on their match days that will set the right tone and encourage the right behaviour amongst home and visiting players, coaches and volunteers. This way everyone can continue to enjoy all of the benefits that we know football can bring.”
For further information about the Respect Programme please contact The FA: