Last weekend Surrey FA joined clubs and leagues to support the FA national Play Safe campaign, to focus attention on the vital importance safeguarding has in football.
The campaign, which is in its second year, is officially supported by the NSPCC as well as the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Championship, and here in Surrey at all other levels of the game.
As a county, we handed out Play Safe armbands to those who visited Meadowbank and members of our team travelled around the county to deliver armbands to team representatives. Staff also attended matches across the weekend to show their support.
Thank you to all the teams, leagues, and referees for their engagement over the weekend. From National League side Dorking Wanderers, to match officials at the Referee Academy, you have all driven greater awareness of safeguarding and helped highlight how we can create a safe culture in the grassroots game.
Alongside Play Safe, we also support the NSPCC’s Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week Campaign, as we continue to encourage parents and carers to take the necessary steps to help keep their children safe in football.
Parents play a huge role in their child’s confidence, enjoyment and performance in sport, and it is important that adults are equipped with the right guidance to keep children safe from abuse.
You can continue to play your part by taking safeguarding courses through the FA or find helpful resources and advice on the NSPCC website.
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