Worcestershire FA Youth Pitch

Welcome to Worcestershire FA's Youth Pitch

Let’s face it 2020 wasn't a great year thanks to the Covid pandemic which has seen many restrictions for people of all ages forced upon us like football stopping, schools closing and not being able to see friends and family. If you are feeling worried or anxious, talking about your worries will help you, whether that is to a friend, a parent/relative, or one of the organisations listed below who can help and support you through these very difficult and unusual times.  

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Click here to access support from Young Minds

Tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health.
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Click Here to access support from childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
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Anti - Bullying Alliance

There vision is to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. Click here to find out what support they can offer.
NSPCC

NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. Click here to find out what support they can offer.
FA SUPERKICKS

Check out FA SuperKicks for 100s of fun challenges!

SuperKicks gives you the opportunity to choose how you can experience football, away from a club setting or organised training sessions, whether that’s in the comfort of your own home, the local park, or anywhere really.
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Understanding Your Rights

Click here to access information surrounding your rights, what you can do and what organisations can provide further support.

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#SeetheSocks

As of the 2019/20 season, all referees in Worcestershire under the age of 18 will be wearing fluorescent yellow socks. The #SeeTheSocks initiative is aiming to support and develop youth referees in a positive environment.

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It is often overlooked that youth referees are new to officiating and still learning. The purpose of #SeeTheSocks is to remind everyone that not only is the referee still learning and developing their refereeing ability, but that they are also a minor under the age of 18 and should be treated with the same care and safeguarding protocols that apply to youth players and coaches. 

With many referees in the county under the age of 18, this means they are still subject to children’s safeguarding legislation, and should therefore be protected, encouraged, and treated with the utmost respect. 

See The Socks Campaign

 

Sin Bins

From season 2019-2020 Sin Bins have been introduced in youth football for ‘dissent’. The poster below tells you what ‘dissent’ is and what you will be asked to do if you show ‘dissent’ to the referee or assistant (linesperson).

 FA Sin Bin Infographic

Do you know who your club welfare officer is? 

Did you know that every youth football club must have a Welfare Officer?

Please ask your parent/carer or football coach who your club welfare officer is. They are trained and ready to listen and help you with any worries you may have during your time at the club. It does not have to be just about football; they can help you with worries you may have at home or at school.

Do you know who your club welfare officer is?