Respect is a key programme for the FA and contributes towards Goal 2 (Raising Standards) within the FA National Game Strategy. The National Game Strategy involved the single biggest review ever undertaken of grassroots football involving 16,000 stakeholders from all aspects of the game. This was followed up in North Riding CFA through online questionnaires and interactive consultation workshops and the top priority both nationally and locally is to tackle abusive touchline behaviour and abuse towards referees.
North Riding County FA will support Clubs to integrate the four key messages of the Respect Programme. These are:
Step 1: Codes of conduct for players, referees, coaches and spectators which sets down basic principles that everyone must sign and adhere to.
Step 2: Designated Spectators’ Areas defined by touchline barriers to keep spectators back from the pitch.
Step 3: Captains taking responsibility for their players and becoming the main point of contact for the referee.
Step 4: Referees managing the game and dealing with any open show of dissent.
North Riding FA had 5 designated Respect fixtures this season working alongside 2 of our professional clubs and also 2 of our local Grassroots clubs as well as our North Riding FA Senior Cup Final.
We would like to thank our 2 professional clubs, Middlesbrough FC and York City FC, as well as 2 of our local Grassroots clubs Guisborough Town FC and Northallerton Town FC.
Children, club staff and match officials from local Grassroots clubs showed their support for the North Riding Football Association and the Respect programme during these designated games.
Guisborough Town's Respect fixture against local rivals Marske United was supported by youngsters from Guisborough Town Juniors.
York City's Respect fixture against Accrington Stanley was supported by youngsters from Rawcliffe Juniors.
Middlesbrough FC's Respect fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion was supported by youngsters from Kader FC.
Northallerton Town FC's Respect fixture against Thornaby FC was supported by youngsters from Northallerton Town Juniors FC.
And finally the Senior Cup Final between Pickering Town and Marske United was supported by Marske United Juniors and also players from Kader FC who are kindly sponsored by our Safeguarding and Welfare partner Barnardo's North East.
At each game two huge Respect flags were unfurled on the pitch during the player warm-ups, with players from both teams wearing Respect t-shirts. The players from all of the Junior teams formed a guard of honour, proudly flying respect banners as the players came out onto the pitch.
FA National Respect Programme Manager Dermot Collins commented; "Since its launch RESPECT has made great progress. Perceptions may still be skewed but the reality is that in the professional leagues we are making inroads, where dissent cautions are down year-on-year and cases of harassment of match officials are almost negligible.” He continued "In the amateur game there’s a long way to go, but still the signs are that we’ve stabilised what was a growing trend towards abusive behaviour."
Steven Wade the North Riding County Development Manager said “I would like to thank all of the local and professional teams for getting behind the Respect programme. It’s important that we stamp out unacceptable behaviour in football at all levels.”
The North Riding County Football Association’s Respect Lead Officer Jennifer Bennett said “Football is loved by millions all over the world from grassroots to the professional game, but let's not forget it is just that - a game! Coaches we have a duty to nurture and develop football and life skills in all our children. By supporting the North Riding County FA Respect programme we can ensure that the game is fully enjoyed at all levels."
If you have any Respect queries please contact the North Riding County FA Welfare Officer:
T: 01642 717778
M: 07702 736701