We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. We as a Club support the FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and positive environment. Parents must play their part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators, carers, and parents. We encourage parents to actively understand and support our philosophy from the start of their time with our Club.
At all times parents will be expected to:
- Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided).
- Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour.
- Applaud effort and good play as well as success.
In addition, when attending our games, parents will:
- Remember that children play for fun.
- Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by attempting to tell them what to do.
- Always respect the match official’s decisions.
- Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials.
- Never criticise a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning.
Parents must understand that if anyone does not follow the code, action may be taken by either the club or the league.
We also encourage parents to think about what they say to players after the game. In the initial period after a game a young player needs time to reflect on the game and think about how it went; the drive or walk home after a game is never a good time for them to receive questions or advice. Remember the young players see the game differently to adults and it is better for adults to simply be available for them to talk to if they want to. In most instances the first contact with a player after a game should be, “Did you enjoy it?” or “Did you have fun?” not “What was the score?” or “Did you win?”
Parents should actively encourage players to practice outside of their time with KTJFC coaches as well as participate in other sports. All of this will greatly enhance the development and agility of the child as a footballer and sportsman.