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

Why Respect?

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

Encourage team-mates

Shout, but don't criticise

Play fairly

Enjoy the game

Captain only speaks to the referee

Try whatever the score

If your child is currently at another soccer school – please take time to read the article IS YOUR CHILD'S SOCCER SCHOOL PROVIDING VALUE? – this article was written to empower parents with a new insight to appraise a Soccer School’s performance.

2012 is the start of ESPZEN Soccer School, a journey which involves raising the bar for Soccer Schools in Singapore and the region, creating a new benchmark and a standard for others to follow. I look forward to welcoming you and your young footballer to our training very soon.

Yours in football
Lee Taylor

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