We’re backing Play SafeKirk Deighton Rangers Junior Football Club is lending its full support to Play Safe – a national FA-led campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football. Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game. The main element of Play Safe is a series of short films which emphasise the importance of clubs such as ours having safeguarding as an everyday reality. The films also explain to parents/carers and children themselves know what to do if they feel unsafe or worried, because nothing matters more than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and young people. You can see these films below.
“As a youth team coach, I will be working with my club to ensure we support the Play Safe messaging,” says FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham. “I am also pleased that the campaign has the support of the former footballers with lived experience of abuse in football, who are on our Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group. The Group has collectively said:“Learning from the past is crucial, so that we can prevent the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football, from happening again. “As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play Safe conveys – whether to club officials, parents/carers and or vitally, children and young people themselves. Equally important is that Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – it will be used at key points in the football calendar to remind everyone in football, that children’s welfare and keeping them safe, should be at the heart of all that we do.” As the Survivor Group points out, you’ll see Play Safe appearing at various points throughout the season to keep safeguarding front of mind in football. Together, we want to do everything we can so everyone – particularly children and young people – has a consistently positive experience of our great game.
Be Kind Champions wanted
People in the grassroots game should be proud of the environment they create for kids. Sadly, however, there are still people involved in clubs, or who are connected to clubs who choose to behave in ways that are simply unacceptable and inexcusable. The West Riding FA represents over 90,000 people (players, coaches, referees, volunteers) and hundreds of matches take place at the weekend across the county. They are looking to recruit a group of individuals to act as BE KIND CHAMPIONS and work with the West Riding FA to help create child centered environments that we can all be proud of. The role of the Be Kind Champion will be to attend junior football matches and provide post-match feedback, good and bad, on their experience at the game. If you are interested click here for more information.
The FA has published codes of conduct for everyone involved in junior football, whether they be match officials, club officials, managers, coaches, players or spectators. Please read these and help us to ensure that at KDR we always create a fun, safe and inclusive environment for our players, both on and off the pitch.
A new sponsor for the Under 7s
Sunday 5th September 2021
We are delighted to welcome Parker Young Recruitment as new kit sponsors for our Under 7s team. Company founder Dave Young joined us at Grange Park this morning to present the team with their new shirts and to watch the first match in their smart new kit.
Make sure you're prepared. Take the FA's Sudden Cardiac Arrest course
Unfortunately, as we saw in the Denmark v Finland game at Euro 2020, a sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. The Football Association's Sudden Cardiac Arrest course is designed to help you to recognise an SCA and respond appropriately. You can access the course here. The course is free, you just need to register an account with the FA if you don't already have one.
Papa John's Pizza Ad filmed at Grange Park
Eagle eyed TV viewers may have noticed something familiar about the new Papa John's Pizza commercial. The ad was filmed at Grange Park in the autumn of 2019. If you look closely you may spot some of our players in the background.