The FA Respect Programme
The Respect programme initiated by the English FA was launched at the start of the 2008/2009 season and sought to build upon practical measures that progressive clubs, leagues and grass roots organisations had been promoting for some time. ESPZEN is a proud supporter of the Respect Campaign
The following quote obtained from the English Football Association (FA) reflects perfectly ESPZEN's mission of adopting and supporting the English FA Respect Campaign.
"The FA is at the heart of football. We believe in the beautiful game. A game where the notion of respect must permeate all levels, transcend all barriers and be democratically adopted by everyone involved. We believe in respect. Respect is to play to win and to play fair. Respect is to accept defeat with dignity and reject drugs, racism, violence and other dangers. Respect is to treat opponents, team-mates, referees, officials and spectators with the respect they deserve. Respect sits at the heart of a game that has always and will always be about skill, talent, flair and heart. Respect is at the heart of football. Lose respect. Lose the game."
What is Respect?
Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. It is the behavioural code for football.
Respect is a continuous programme, not a one-off initiative.
The most important message of the Respect programme is that real and lasting change will come about not just through the intervention of ESPZEN but from everyone in football taking collective responsibility to promote what is good in the game and deal with that which diminishes it.
Referee is in charge
Shout, but don't criticise
Enjoy the game
Captain only speaks to the referee
Try whatever the score
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