This weekend, English football at every level will unite to promote Play Safe – a national campaign to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.
Led by The Football Association, the Play Safe campaign is endorsed by the NSPCC and supported by every level of the game, including the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship, and right across the grassroots game.
We are proud to be supporting Play Safe on our website and social media channels – and also by making an online Play Safe Pledge.
Our pledge will see us visit numerous clubs & leagues across Greater Manchester.
Of course, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, so if you haven’t already, why not make your own Play Safe Pledge? We encourage you to do so.
Manchester FA Chief Executive and Senior Safeguarding Lead Colin Bridgford commented: "It’s vital that we all play our part in whatever role we play in ensuring that football is a safe place to play. Safeguarding is at the heart of what we do at Manchester FA and must be across the game in Greater Manchester. We are fully supportive of the Play Safe campaign and we are committed to supporting our Clubs, League, Volunteers, Match Officials, Players and Parents"
Manchester FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, Scott Dean said: "I would like to place on record my thanks for the incredible work and commitment shown by Club and League Welfare Officers across Greater Manchester, supporting in providing children and young people are given the best opportunity to play in positive environments. We are asking all clubs that are playing this weekend to capture footage and imagery of what you are doing to ensure that participants 'play safe' - and don't forget to tag us in on socials so we can share your great messaging"
This year’s Play Safe weekend has two main messages:
‘Everyone, everywhere, every time’ should have an understanding of safeguarding in football.
Everyone should ‘watch, listen, talk and act’ if they have any safeguarding concerns.
If you have a safeguarding concern, or would like some advice, the person to contact at Manchester FA is Scott.email@example.com
Together, let’s create an ever-safer culture across the game we all love.