Once again, we at Sussex County FA are proud to support the Anti-Bullying Alliance this Anti-Bullying week, with this year’s theme being ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’.
The campaign runs from Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November 2023.
Central to the campaign is encouraging clubs to have positive conversations about the fine line between banter and bullying.
Effective teamwork is key to footballing success - on and off the pitch. Mutual respect and understanding are vital ingredients. Bullying is not.
Having a clear understanding of how 'banter' can cross the line and become bullying is important for every club.
The Alliance defines bullying as: "The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online."
Meanwhile, banter is: "The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks."
The Anti-Bullying Alliance are inviting coaches, welfare officers, parents, and carers to get involved by starting positive conversations in their football clubs.
"This Anti-Bullying Week we want you to help make a noise about bullying, focus on how to recognise playful banter as well as empowering young people to speak up when the line is crossed," said Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Annette Madden, our Safeguarding Manager, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, by championing Anti-Bullying Week 2023.
“We want every player to know where to turn if they’re being bullied, so we’re pleased to use this week to shine a spotlight on its impact, and how we all play a part in helping be part of the solution.”
To get involved on social media, post with #AntiBullyingWeek and #MakeANoise on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and X (formally Twitter).
For more information on Anti-Bullying Week please contact: