“Respect” is an FA campaign launched in the 2008/2009 season to promote positive behaviour towards young footballers. It was expanded in 2017/18 as the “We Only Do Positive” campaign to spread the message even further.

Alresford Town Youth FC are proud supporters of this campaign.

What Are The Aims of The Campaign?

The “Respect” and “We Only Do Positive” campaigns use “an all new strategic approach to target coaches and parents specifically around mini-soccer and youth football. It aims to promote and educate coaches and parents on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all the players, ensuring they have great experiences throughout their football journey”.

What is the Club Doing?

“Respect” is at the core of everything we do at ATYFC, and we promote the principles of the campaign at every level of the club. We have regular meetings to discuss all club matters, where we establish clear club values and provide the club vision and coaching philosophy.

We provide coaches with advice and support to make sessions engaging, fun and enjoyable, and the coaches and managers engage with the players, getting to know their personalities, creating a positive environment where we learn from our mistakes and accept when things don’t go our way.

What Can I Do?

As a parent or guardian of a player, your most important role is to support and encourage young players, especially when they make mistakes. You should also teach (and demonstrate) respect to players, coaches and officials at all times.

Respect Marshalls

If you’ve been to a ATYFC match, you’ve probably seen a spectator wearing a “Respect” bib/tabard – they are “Respect Marshalls” and form an integral part of the “Respect” campaign during matches. Each side should have one. We need volunteers to be “Respect Marshalls” at every match. The role of the marshals include:

  • Introducing themselves to both opposition Respect Marshall and the Referee.
  • Ensuring all their own spectators comply with club code of conduct and values.
  • Ensure all their own spectators remain behind the barrier and designated areas during matches.
  • Supporting the Referee with any issues around the pitch that your team are involved in.

If you want to become a Respect Marshall, contact the coach or manager for the team.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Alresford Town Youth FC | Club Policies

Hampshire FA | Respect

England Football | Respect

Grassroots Football In The Community Respect Update | April 2022