Hadley Wood has been named as one of several grassroots football facilities across the country set to pilot an innovative initiative as part of The FA’s flagship behavioural campaign, Respect.
It is hoped that regular exposure to Respect messaging whilst at the facility will positively reinforce good behaviour and create an inclusive environment for all on matchdays.
One grassroots site across many County FA regions has been chosen as an FA Respect ‘Champion’ site, which will pilot an increased level of Respect messaging. Players, coaches, officials and spectators at Hadley Wood will be exposed a greater level of Respect messaging throughout their time at the facility, encouraging them to evaluate their behaviours whilst on-site.
The FA’s Respect scheme, delivered by the Football Foundation, aims to ensure that football – both on and off the pitch – continues to be an enjoyable experience for all. If the pilot scheme at the 43 ‘Champion’ sites proves successful, similar Respect messaging could be installed at every new, Football Foundation facility, with a view to installing at existing sites also.
Aron Sharpe, Club Chairman at Wingate and Finchley, who work alongside site operators Hadley Wood Sports, said: “Hadley Wood Sports Trust is a strong supporter of The FA’s Respect initiative. We are extremely pleased to see the Hadley Wood facility being selected as one of the ‘Champion’ sites and we hope this will help create the right environment for aspiring young footballers to be able to develop as players and young people.”
Nathan French, The FA’s National Respect Project Manager, said: “It is fantastic news that Hadley Wood has been selected as one of our ‘Champion’ Respect sites. The Respect scheme aims to create a positive matchday environment at all grassroots football facilities.
Through the support of Hadley Wood and similar sites up and down the country, we are continuing to work towards a more inclusive, greater grassroots game for all.”
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