All grassroots clubs and leagues are encouraged to sign up and play their part in the National Silent Support Weekend to promote respect across youth football.
Devon FA are supporting The Football Association’s first National Silent Support Weekend to promote good behaviour on touchlines across grassroots youth football.
The landmark National Silent Support Weekend will be introduced over 5-6 November 2022 to encourage spectators and coaches to show their support during the match through applause only.
The aim is to reduce pressure on youth players at grassroots level and give them a better opportunity and environment to find their own voice, improve their on-pitch communications skills, develop their own game, and most importantly have fun.
Across the National Silent Support Weekend, The FA and Devon FA is encouraging coaches and spectators to show their support by applauding good play from both teams, but refraining from talking or shouting. This is to create an enjoyable, safe and developmental experience for all youth players, so that they can play the game with freedom, without pressure, and without an over-emphasis on winning at all costs.
FA Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham, said: "The National Silent Support Weekend is designed to promote respect in youth football. It gives players an opportunity to focus fully on their game and not be distracted by the touchline.
"As a grassroots coach, I have taken part in trials and seen the benefits first hand. It was so well received by the players that we have worked with County FAs to offer the first National Silent Support weekend. We hope a large number of clubs across the country will join in and provide a fun environment for young players to find their voice."
Devon FA Chief Executive Officer, Paul Morrison, said: "The Devon FA are delighted to support the FA's National Silent Support Weekend in youth football. We hope our clubs and leagues across the county will engage and show that youth football is a place for encouragement and support, not for abuse."
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