1st Touch Football coaches have an important responsibility to model high standards of behaviour, both in their dealings with the children and with each other, as their example has an important influence on the children.
In the FA’s survey of 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the
game. This included the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour of over
competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sideline.
Our coaches have to play their part and observe the Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in
everything they do. In order to be part of the team of First Touch Football coaching staff they have to agree to the following.
On and off the field, I will:
• Encourage relationships based on kindness, respect and understanding of the needs of others;
• Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators;
• Ensure fair treatment for all regardless of age, gender, race, ability and disability;
• Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game;
• Understand the importance of fair play & sportsmanship as we have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game;
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.
When working with players, I will:
• Show appreciation of the efforts and contribution of all;
• Create a positive climate with realistic expectations;
• Emphasize the importance of being valued as an individual within the group promote, through example, honesty and courtesy;
• Provide a caring and effective learning & playing environment;
• Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning;
• Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me;
• Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations;
• Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying;
• Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem;
• Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance;
• Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the player’s ability level, age and maturity;
• Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests.
I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the actions below may be taken by 1st Touch Football, My County FA or The FA:
• Required to meet with the 1st Touch Football management team;
• Monitored by another 1st Touch Football coach
• Required to attend a FA education course
• Suspended or fined by the County FA
• Required to leave or be sacked by 1st Touch Football
• My FA Licenses may be withdrawn