Helping to keep you safe and make sure that football is great fun – A young person’s guide

As a football player and member of Windsor FC Youth we hope that you have a lot of fun and enjoyment whilst you are playing and that you make lots of friends in the process.

Whilst you are playing football, during or after training or in competitions, no one should ever make you feel unhappy or uncomfortable, not other players, people watching or the coaches.

Something is wrong if someone:

  • Constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names
  • Threatens, kicks or punches you
  • Touches you or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Makes suggestive remarks or tries to pressurise you into sexual activity
  • Damages or steals your belongings
  • Does anything that makes you feel lonely, upset, worried, unsafe, hurt or embarrassed

At your club there should be someone called a Welfare Officer or Child Protection Officer whose role is to look after you and make sure you are safe, you should ensure that you know who this person is. At Windsor FC Youth this person is Annie Hall.

At Windsor FC Youth the Child Protection Officer whose role is to look after you and make sure you are safe is Annie Hall. (Phone: 0777 5558132)

What to do if you are worried or upset about something that is happening

  • If you are ever unhappy or uncomfortable about anything that happens to you, you should tell your parents or you can tell the welfare officer/child protection officer about it and they will try to help.
  • If the welfare officer is not available then you should tell an adult who you trust, or ask one of your friends to speak to an adult for you if you don’t want to do it yourself.
  • Try to remember when the things that made you unhappy happened, by writing down the date, time and place as well as what made you unhappy.  If someone else saw what happened, write that down too.

There are other people who can help you if you need it.

There are people at Berks & Bucks FA that you can contact:

Maria Ready (County Welfare Officer) 01235 558454
Website: http://www.berks-bucksfa.com/
Email Address – Maria.Ready@Berks-BucksFA.com

The following have free 24 hour helplines:

REMEMBER – don’t keep quiet if you are unhappy, tell someone about it and make sure that football is great fun – always.

Staying safe - there are things you can do to stay safe:

  • Always tell someone you trust straight away if there is anything that worries you.
  • Avoid being alone with just one other person.
  • If your parents can’t take you to training or competition, travel with a friend and try to avoid travelling in someone else’s car on your own. Always ensure your parents know who you are travelling with.
  • Avoid going into someone else’s home on your own.
  • Make sure you are able to make a phone call, carry a phone card, spare change or make sure you have enough credit on your phone.

Other Useful Websites:

The website below www.there4me.com has loads of useful advice for young people, why not take a look.

For more information about staying safe whilst on the internet, take a look at the following website http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/