We Only Do Positive
The FA’s Respect campaign was launched in the 2008/9 season after a build-up of behavioural problems in the National Game. Following its success, The FA want to spread the message of Respect even further across English football. The new campaign - ‘We Only Do Positive’ - aims to do just that.
The new campaign highlights the importance of positive behaviour towards young footballers, specifically looking at the impact parents and coaches can have. The campaign is rooted in extensive research carried out in 2017/18 to understand more clearly the effect of negative behaviour on Under 7s - Under 18s and where Respect interventions would be most effective.
The research provided clear evidence of why positivity was so important in the youth game. The stand-out insight was that 9 in 10 children played better with positive encouragement. In addition, the research highlighted that negative experiences on children had a serious adverse effects on both in their footballing ability and more widely to their enjoyment of the sport.
‘We Only Do Positive’ is a response to this research and uses an all new strategic approach to target coaches and parents specifically around mini-soccer and youth football. It aims to promote and educate coaches and parents on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all the players, ensuring they have great experiences throughout their football journey.
We Only Do Positive aims to drive awareness and understanding of Respect with parents and coaches of youth players focusing on the impact they can have on young player’s enjoyment, performance and retention in the game when being positive rather than aggressive and disrespectful.
Why we lead on Respect
Football is For ALL and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment, where you and I can play our part.
Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our County FA and we want to ensure that the match day environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.
Across our county there are so many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. We would like to unite the game in our county, by everyone championing Respect and coming together to positively impact one more or even many more.
Football Foundation Respect Scheme
“We only do positive” Respect equipment is available to purchase through the Respect shop. The refreshed equipment scheme forms a key part of the new #WeOnlyDoPositive campaign, helping to promote a positive training and match day environment.
Get In Touch
By Phone: 01202 682375
By Email: email@example.com
For the national FA please contact Respect@thefa.com
Within your club you will have a Welfare officer, you can gain his or her details from your club secretary (if you’re not aware who this is). Please speak to them ASAP after the incident and they will be able to action the next steps, depending on the seriousness of the incident.
Someone who promotes all the behaviours (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership). This could be someone within a club or league and is not a formal role. Why not have more than one!
Yes, there is a Respect equipment scheme which the FA delivers in partnership with the Football Foundation. You can visit by clicking here.
Your County FA would love to hear some positive work being carried out for Respect. If your County FA is on social media, simply use their handle and engage using #ForRespect. Share your message and a picture. Please note, if you are taking pictures of children and using for social media, consent will need to be given by the child’s parent/guardian/carer.
Everyone is responsible and should play their part in creating safe, fun and inclusive environments. No matter what your role is, let’s work together to unite the game.
Yes, absolutely. County FAs are happy to work with individuals/groups that wish to champion Respect. Please send details of your workshop to your Respect contact.