Child Welfare and Safeguarding

RESPECT campaign is The Football Association’s scheme to educate parents and coaches on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for players. We as a club will strive to play our part in improving standards of behaviour – on and off the field.

Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game whilst inappropriate behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are also choosing to drop out each season.

The RESPECT campaign is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the side lines and on the pitch. It’s a long-term commitment that we honour as a club.

Through the provision and implementation of our welfare and safe guarding policies and procedures which are overseen by our designated Child Welfare Officer we are ensuring that the Respect campaign is fully understood and taken on board by the committee, coaches, members and our supporters.

Ropsley Colts will always

  • Help and support you with any concerns you may have regarding the welfare of one of our team.
  • Ensure to safeguard any child or young person that takes part in club football activity.

If you are worried about a child, it is
vital you report your concerns

There are five ways to report a

1. To us as a club or to our league designated
Safeguarding Officer – please find the relevant contact details and their responsibilities below.

2. To your County FA Designated Safeguarding
Officer. Details found below.

3. By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at or by calling and
asking for the team on 0800 169 1863.

4. If urgent and you cannot contact your club,
league or County Safeguarding Officer, you
should call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on
0808 800 5000.

5. If it is an emergency because a child or
children are at immediate risk, then call the
Police or Children’s Social Care in your area or alternatively follow this link for advice

As well as the information provided, the links below will provide extra support and advice if there are issues that you feel you need to raise;

Colts Whistle Blowing Policy

Colts Equality Policy

Club Welfare Officer

Celia Cooper-Brown


League Welfare Officer

Andy Mayer

County Welfare Officer

Sarah Pridmore