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This weekend: The FA 'Play Safe' Weekend: A Collective Commitment to Safety

As the days grow shorter and autumn leaves begin to fall, the football community eagerly anticipates the upcoming FA 'Play Safe' weekend on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st. It's a time when clubs across the nation, including CHARS Youth FC, unite in a shared commitment to prioritize safety and well-being on the football pitch. In this article, we'll delve into what the FA 'Play Safe' weekend stands for, and how CHARS Youth FC is taking an active role in promoting this essential initiative.

Understanding the FA 'Play Safe' Weekend

The FA 'Play Safe' weekend is an annual event organised by The Football Association (FA) to emphasise the paramount importance of player safety and safeguarding in football. It's a weekend dedicated to raising awareness, educating stakeholders, and ensuring that everyone involved in the game understands their role in fostering a safe and enjoyable environment.

Quotes from CHARS Youth FC Leadership

Chairman Joe Westmacott shares his perspective: "The FA 'Play Safe' weekend is a pivotal moment for our club and for football as a whole. It reminds us that safety isn't just a slogan but a commitment we must all uphold. At CHARS Youth FC, we take our responsibility seriously, and this weekend reaffirms our dedication to ensuring our young players have the best possible experience."

Technical Director Steve Halls adds, "Safety is a cornerstone of our club's philosophy. We believe that fostering a culture of safety not only protects our players but also enhances their development and enjoyment of the game. This weekend, we'll be conducting safety assessments, reviewing protocols, and engaging with our coaching staff to reinforce our commitment to best practices."

Club Secretary Mark James stresses the importance of communication: "One of the key aspects of the FA 'Play Safe' weekend is promoting open dialogue. We encourage parents, guardians, and players to communicate with us if they have any concerns or suggestions regarding safety. We're here to listen and act in the best interests of our football community."

Our Collective Responsibility

The FA 'Play Safe' weekend reminds us that safety is a shared responsibility. Here's how we can all play our part:

  1. Stay Informed: Coaches, parents, and players should familiarise themselves with the club's safety policies and guidelines. Knowledge is the foundation of safety.

  2. Report Concerns: If you witness unsafe practices or have concerns about safety, don't hesitate to report them to the club's designated safeguarding officer. Your feedback is invaluable.

  3. Educate and Train: Coaches and volunteers should participate in relevant training, such as first aid and safeguarding courses, to enhance their ability to provide a safe environment.

  4. Promote Respect: Respect is a fundamental component of safety. Encourage players to respect fellow participants, coaches, officials, and supporters on and off the pitch.

  5. Communication: Maintain open lines of communication with club officials. Share any concerns, special requirements, or ideas that can enhance safety and well-being.

As we approach the FA 'Play Safe' weekend, CHARS Youth FC stands united in our commitment to safety. It's a commitment that transcends the pitch and extends to every corner of our football community. Together, we can ensure that our young talents enjoy the game they love in a safe and nurturing environment. Remember, safety is everyone's responsibility, and by working together, we can make this weekend and every weekend a celebration of football that is not only enjoyable but, above all, safe.


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