Oxfordshire FA is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new yellow armband Respect initiative, which is set to be rolled out across the county in the coming weeks.
Aimed at supporting young match officials in the region, the new initiative will see yellow armbands introduced for all Oxfordshire FA referees under the age of 18 in youth football.
The purpose of these armbands is to remind everyone that the referee is still subject to the children’s safeguarding legislation – and should therefore be protected, encouraged and treated with respect.
Nigel Saverton, Education, Safeguarding & Referee Support Manager at Oxfordshire FA, said: “This is a really positive initiative to help our young referees in enjoying their refereeing.
“Often this experience is can be ruined by the constant barracking and verbal abuse by some – a minority admittedly, but one is to many – coaches and spectators who forget the referees are young people themselves.
“We want the yellow armbands to remind people to think before they speak.
“The safeguarding of all young people is the top priority of Oxfordshire FA and safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility as we continue to support football being played in a fun and safe environment throughout the county.”
The yellow armbands will be seen around the county from next week and we expect this initiative to have a positive impact on the enjoyment of all our young participants.
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