Respect Refreshed

FA Respect equipment scheme refreshed for 2017/18 season to help improve behaviour in grassroots football

The grassroots football season has begun with a huge and refreshed push by The FA and Football Foundation on the Respect scheme to ensure that football – both on and off the pitch – continues to be enjoyable, inclusive and a positive experience For All. 

  • Grassroots clubs, leagues and County FAs to be given free digital assets
  • Six-week ‘start of season’ offer to get 75% off all FA Respect equipment
  • Positive messages reinforced through a new signage pilot at a number of grassroots sites across England

The FA Respect equipment scheme will make a suite of digital assets available to all grassroots clubs, leagues, schools and County FAs across England. This will provide parents, coaches, players and match officials with a range of positive messages which can be shared via social media and digital publications to uphold and implement the values of Respect.

In addition, all Respect equipment is being made available to clubs and leagues at a substantially discounted rate for a six-week period at the start of the season. Clubs and leagues will be able to apply to the Football Foundation for a voucher which entitles them to a 75% discount until 8 October 2017.

The equipment offering now includes stronger pitch-side spectator barriers with a call to action, additional promotional materials and Attention-boards that can be branded with the club or league’s logos. From 9 October 2017, the vouchers will revert back to clubs and leagues attracting a 50% discount.

All affiliated clubs with Under-7s teams will be automatically entered into two prize draws during the season and have the chance to win one of 200 Barrier Pro Sets. Successfully drawn teams will be contacted by the Football Foundation two weeks after the respective draw has taken place. Please note, the 200 winners will be drawn in two timeframes – the first 100 will be drawn over the next couple of weeks and the second draw will be made in the second half of the season.

The FA will also pilot Respect signage at a number of grassroots sites over the 2017/18 season, which will be used to convey messaging that positively reinforces good behaviour amongst parents, coaches, players and officials.

The Grant Management Team at the Football Foundation has tested a number of grassroots sites where the pilot scheme will be trialed. It is hoped that each of the grassroots sites will be positively received so that the pilot can be extended further in future seasons.  

Process for Clubs and Leagues to access assets:

  • Leagues and County FAs will receive the digital assets directly from The FA

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