We’re backing Play Safe | 1874 Northwich F.C.

We’re backing Play Safe

1874 Northwich is lending its full support to Play Safe – an ongoing national campaign led by The FA to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.

Although it runs throughout the year, Play Safe really comes to the fore over football’s National Safeguarding Weekend, held this year on Saturday/Sunday 17th and 18th September.

The main focus this year is on parents and carers, with two key messages to convey:

  • Awareness of the vital safeguarding role parents/carers play in football; and
  • Encouragement to take the short, new and free online safeguarding course that’s been created specifically for parents/carers. You can access the course here.

Importantly, encouragement to take the new course has come from FASSSAG – The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group:

“We have inputted into the course and helped frame its key messages from our collective experiences. It’s vitally important to us that every parent/carer understands they role they need to play in football. Taking this course can make a real difference – we are asking every parent/carer to commit to help ensure football is ever-safer.”

The support of FASSSAG has been welcomed by FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham, himself a parent and youth football coach. “The FASSSAG has been important in helping us create our new strategy moving forwards and we really appreciate their input into the new course.  I have taken the new course and encourage all parents/carers across football to take it too.

“Ultimately, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to ensure that everyone involved in football – particularly children and young people – has a consistently safe and positive experience of our great game.  Play Safe reminds everyone of that responsibility and keeps safeguarding front of mind, which is exactly where it should be.”

Every child or young person, who plays, or is involved in football, should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in the sport. Here at 1874 Northwich FC, we acknowledge our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to our care. We are committed to providing a safe environment and that is why we are supporting  the FA’s Play Safe weekend on 1st / 2nd October 2022.
We would encourage all parents and carers of children involved in youth football to take a look at the FA’s short online course – Safeguarding Awareness for Parents and Carers, and apply the messages in the course to make sure that our children play in a fun, safe environment, with words of encouragement from the side lines, not criticism. 

 Margaret Nixon, Club  Welfare Officer

Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.

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