We have today helped launched the ‘Pledge of Positivity’ which asks parents and spectators involved in under-18s grassroots football to commit to creating a more positive environment at matches across the country.
A recent survey conducted by The FA and Nielsen found 88% of over 1,000 grassroots participants cite parents as a driver of disrespect in grassroots football.
To have an impact on this off-pitch behaviour, The FA has launched the Pledge of Positivity, encouraging those on the side-lines to support all players involved and respect referees, coaches and other spectators.
The Pledge is based on The FA’s RESPECT behavioural code of conduct which seeks to improve behavioural standards in football.
England captains Steph Houghton and Harry Kane are the first two people to make the Pledge of Positivity and are encouraging others to follow suit.
The two skippers also penned a joint letter to parents and spectators, which was painted into the touchlines at their childhood clubs; Harry Kane’s Ridgeway Rovers, Essex and Steph Houghton’s Boldon Girls, South Shields, ahead of last weekend’s youth team matches.
The letter highlights the importance of positive support and the role it played in their own footballing development, from the grassroots game all the way to Wembley.