Youth Leagues unite to launch #PassThePositivity
This partnership with OYFL, OGFL, WDYFL, BOBi League and Oxfordshire FA aims to continue to develop a positive and enjoyable environment for children & young people to play football across the county.
This campaign builds on the fantastic efforts going on already to improve respect in youth football in Oxfordshire and, although there has been some great work in the county to improve behaviour, there is still work that can be done.
Over the last two years, there has been an increase in reports of poor behaviour from players, coaches, spectators and others involved in the game, which, according to consultations we have carried out, has been a key factor for young people either not wanting to return to play or giving up completely.
#PassThePositivity encourages clubs to promote positive behaviour amongst their players, coaches, parents and spectators to make sure that they can give the best experience to everyone involved.
In February 2022, we started the next phase of the campaign with the message - Let Referees Ref and Let Players Play
Following increasing reports of abuse towards match officials, particularly youth officials, we are focused on ensuring all young participants in grassroots football – both players and referees – are given the opportunity to enjoy themselves without fear of abuse.
Find out more about Let Referees Ref and Let Players Play.
We encourage clubs to spread positive messages through all their outlets to help everyone in the Oxfordshire Football Family play their part in making the best environment for young people to thrive and continue playing and refereeing.
We have created a series of graphics for clubs to utilise. The aim of these are so clubs can show their support across their social media accounts and websites. You can download these below. Get involved using #PassThePositivity
We have created ‘hints and tips’ guides on some of the things clubs could think about to help provide the best possible experience for players and referees to keep them participating. Please share these with your team officials and club members.
There will be a series of weekly social media messages that will be promoted by Oxfordshire FA and youth leagues – we want to encourage clubs to share these with their followers and members.