Respect and Fair Play Awards 2012-2013
The FA is delighted to announce the fourth year of the Respect and Fair Play Awards. Leagues, Clubs, County FAs or individuals that are making a significant contribution to improving the standards of behaviour in football will have a chance to be recognised nationally. The Awards will be based judged on a number of criteria including how the nominee has achieved or changed approach on:
Educating teams, coaches, spectators or players
Encouraging players, coaches, spectators or teams to strive for high standards of behaviour
Dealing with poor behaviour
Incentivising good behaviour
Recruiting, retaining and valuing referees
Improving a situation of established poor behaviour
Campaigning in an effective and persuasive way
Captains who work well with Referees to help manage on pitch behaviour
Referees who gain Respect for the way in which they manage games
And, the work of individuals that have improved the environment in which the game takes place
The Award Categories
Professional Game – The FA will recognise the Fair Play Award Winners in the Premier League and Football League. An Award will also be made to the Premier League club considered to have the most sporting fans.
Leagues –The FA will recognise at a county, regional and national level . There is a Guidance Note for Leagues available to download below. Cornwall FA can also nominate suitable affiliated leagues for a Commended Award. From this commended list , we will identify our ‘best’ adult and youth league. These leagues will win the Respect Bronze Award and be put forward for consideration for the Silver Award.
The Commended award seeks to recognise those leagues that have committed themselves to the Respect programme and implemented the key criteria (please see details below of allocated nominations)
Signed up and briefed its clubs as to their responsibilities
The league should make efforts to ensure that its Referees and Match Officials have undertaken ‘Respect Training’ delivered either by the CFA or the FA’s online Respect Referee’s course
A league needs to integrate a Code of Conduct into their registration processes
Team captain should be identified by the referee prior to the game and provide assistance to the referee in the management of team conduct
Leagues should encourage teams to conduct the Respect handshake prior to the match or shake the hands of opponents at the end of the game.
Youth Leagues should require the use of a designated spectator area at Fixtures
In addition, Leagues should aim ot implement these Good Practice measures
maintain a feedback process which provides it with information on the conduct of its clubs. This information should be used to identify poorly behaved clubs and those that excel.
incentivise Fair Play by operating Fair Play Leagues or award schemes
Referees officiating in Leagues which use the FA’s Full Time programme should be encouraged to feedback via the online monitoring as to their match day experience.
Commended award winners will be awarded with pen and USB set, Respect mouse mats and Respect balls and exclusive use of the branded logo.
In addition to the ‘Commended’ prizes Bronze winners will also be awarded the £100 off their annual County FA/affiliation fees and are entitled to exclusive use of the Respect Bronze Award identity.
Silver winners will be awarded the Commended and Bronze level benefits plus a choice of;
a celebrity football guest speaker at a League function
OR up to £2000 to be used for Coaching bursaries or a Respect related initiative
OR x 5 tickets for a senior England fixture with hospitality
The Silver award winners will automatically be considered for the national Gold Award.
Gold award winners will receive all previous benefits, a monetary prize and be invited to an awards ceremony at the 2013 FA Cup final. The award winners will also be recognised in the FA’s celebration of its 150 Anniversary that takes place later in the year.
Clubs – The FA will recognise clubs at all levels; National League System Club, Women’s Pyramid, Grassroots Club
Individuals – The Bobby Moore Award is available to anyone in Football that by their conduct provides an example of the way in which the game should be played, officiated or administered.
County FA – The County FA considered to have done the most to promote Respect in the last three seasons.
National League System League ( Steps 1 -4) £ 4,000
National League System League ( Steps 5 -7 ) £ 3,000
National League System Club - (Steps 1 -4) £ 4,000
National League System Club - (Steps 5 -7) £3,000
Women’s Football Pyramid - League £3,000
Women’s Football Pyramid - Club £2,000
Grassroots Adult League £3,000
Grassroots Youth League or organisation £3,000
Grassroots Club £2,000
County FA Award £2,000
Respect Individual Award £2,000
Award Deadlines and Dates
7th January Online application opens
11th March Deadline for online applications
18th March Deadline for Cornwall FA Nomination for Commended and Bronze Awards
Wk/C 1st April Judging Panel for Silver Awards
Wk/C 8th April Silver Award winners announced
Wk/C 15th April Judging Panel for Gold Award
Wk/C 22nd April Gold Award winners announced
11th May FA Cup Final
Leagues, Clubs, Grassroots organisations, Counties or individuals can nominate themselves or others for a FA Respect Award by submitting a form online (up to 750 words) through the link below. Please try to provide as much detail as possible but if you are nominating someone else don’t worry if you haven’t got all of their details.
Application should only include work that has been undertaken since the start of the 2009-10 season. This year all applications need to be submitted electronically online. The application process is the same for clubs, leagues and individuals. The closing date for online applications is 11th March 2013.
50% Off Respect Barriers
Every weekend most players, coaches and referees have an enjoyable experience playing football. There are however occasions where instead of being positive and supportive some spectators fail to recognise that youth football is a time to learn the game and instead are aggressive, sarcastic and disrespectful. Some young players will imitate this adult behaviour whilst others will fail to fulfil their potential or choose - like some referees - to do something else with their time.
Phil Bunt, Cornwall FA's Respect Lead Official says, "Since the introduction of the Respect programme in Cornwall some four years ago, leagues and clubs have adopted Codes of Conduct, bought Touchline barriers, have put in place Pitchside marshalls and Welfare Officers. This action combined with Respect briefings for parents and comprehensive training for coaches has had a postive impact and we are gradually turning things around.
"We held Respect Festivals at Newquay, Penryn and Truro last month with teams from FA Charter Standard clubs at Under-9, Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12 age groups to demonstrate the Respect ethos and most of all to highlight the enjoyment level of youngsters playing under the Respect guidelines. Cornwall FA has adopted the Respect handshake and Captain only talks to the referee for our county cup games. We were poeased to lend our Respect resources to Godolphin Youth FC who held a special match against Penzance Under-10s."
The Football Foundation has assisted the Respect programme with funding towards Touchline Barriers, Banners, Vests, Captain’s Armbands, Player’s Cards, and Respect Parent’s DVDs.
Apply for your barriers today
The application process is simple and allows Clubs to go onto the Touchline Logos website then order their barriers directly. Clubs will just need to identify the league that they operate in – this will be checked against the database of the 850 leagues that have ‘signed up’ to the Respect programme. The FA will subsidise 50 % of the cost price and vat of the barriers whilst clubs will be required to pay the other 50%, vat and delivery charge.
Further details on the application process and a full range of Touchline Logos Barriers can be viewed and ordered through the link on the right.
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Cornwall FA is pleased to be lending support to Kick It Out's One Game, One Community weeks of action.
The diversity we see at the grassroots level of the game is something to be celebrated. We have a duty to players, coaches, parents and volunteers at all levels of the game to do all we can to ensure football is a discrimination free zone.
We urge all affiliated clubs and players to join us in backing Kick It Out, and the message of One Game, One Community.
For more information please see the link below.
The FA has a Report Discrimination number – 0800 058 0508 to report allegations of discrimination such as sexist, racist and homophobic abuse as well as abuse in relation to disability. This number is dealt with by FA staff in London although allegations can be passed back to a County FA or other organisation to deal with. There is also an email address which can be used.