IN MAY, KENT FA WAS EXCITED TO LAUNCH A POSTER COMPETITION AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING RESPECT THROUGH YOUTH FOOTBALL.
Kent FA invited children from anywhere in the county, aged between 6 and 16, to design and send in posters that encourage a more positive environment at matches across Kent.
We received a huge number of entries with children showing their true desire to improve Respect throughout local football.
Katie was delighted to hear that her poster had been selected and gave us her thoughts on why Respect in the game is so important:
“I think all players should be treated the same. I don’t like it when boys won’t pass the ball to me because I am a girl. This has happened to me at football camps and I was upset especially as when I did get the ball, I scored a goal! I think everyone should respect the officials too as most of them are volunteers and just want to make the games better for us. Be kind all the time.”
Katie’s Bromley team will now receive a FA Respect Pack containing a Respect attention board, parent marshal bibs, Respect umbrellas, Respect barrier, captains’ armbands, t-shirts, and beanie hats to help support Respect throughout.
Lee Suter, Football Development Manager at Kent FA, said: “It is really important that we listen to children who play and love the game. We need to gain an understanding of what the beautiful game means to them, and how important Respect is to them from others including players, volunteers, and parents. We are committed in Kent to improving the behaviour on and off the pitch to ensure the experience everyone has is a positive one.”