Your guide to running a supportive environment for all ages

FA Best Practice

This guidance will assist your club and/or league in creating and maintaining a supportive, safe and fun environment in which children and young people can learn and develop their football skills and knowledge. You’ll find advice on taking photographs of children, organising travel and trips, collecting players’ data, running a club website, including and safeguarding deaf and disabled children and lots more.

Sign up to ‘Respect’

The FA’s Respect Programme outlines that a certain standard of organisation and behaviour is expected from everyone in football - whether as a league or club official, player, parent, coach or referee.

Respect is all about creating a fun, safe environment and its core principles are in line with the Safeguarding Children principles. For more information including the Respect Codes of Conduct, please click here.

Safe recruitment of coaches in schools

 The Football Association remind all schools and coaches who deliver in schools of the guidelines that exist to ensure safe recruitment.

Working in a regulated environment with a responsibility for safeguarding children, you will be familiar with the need to conduct safeguarding checks on staff members. These criteria should be extended to sports coaches you deploy; you should ensure that coaches meet the core minimum standards for active coaches, which provide information and guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable groups. This guidance includes the recommended level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for both lead and assistant coaches

To assist Schools and coaches you can follow the below links :

AfPE: Best practice guidance on the effective use of individual and agency coaches in physical education and sports (PES)
The FA, Premier League & EFL advice on The Employment & Deployment of Coaches in Curriculum time