Summer festival 2022
The whole of football in England – at every level – will join forces this weekend to promote ‘Play Safe’, a national campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in football.
Play Safe is officially supported by the NSPCC and will run on a designated weekend every season from now on.
At the heart of the campaign are three short films to emphasise the importance of safeguarding for key groups of people, crucially children themselves. As you’ll see, England men’s and women’s players are right behind Play Safe too (Click the links 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.
“Play Safe demonstrates that the game is united in the shared goal to ensure safeguarding is embedded in everything we do, particularly when working with children and young people,” emphasises Sue Ravenlaw, The FA’s Head of Safeguarding.
“There are robust reporting systems in place across the game and The FA has a professional Safeguarding Case Management team. We continue to drive continuous improvements across the game through the Premier League and EFL Safeguarding Standards and the Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs, which emphasises the everyday place safeguarding has in football. Premier League and EFL clubs, as well as County FAs, are independently assessed to ensure safer working practice is evident across the country.”
“Behind everything we have in place is one simple objective: to create fun, positive football settings where children and young people can enjoy the great game we all love.”
So whatever your role in football – whether an active participant or an administrator, please remember safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
If you’re a coach working with children:
• Is your DBS Check up to date?
• Are you up to date with The FA’s ‘Safeguarding Children’ course?
• Do you regularly check-in with your players and help them to feel safe to share their thoughts and speak up about any concerns?
• Are you following safe practice when communicating with under-18s for example via social media?
If you’re a Board or Committee member at a club or league:
• Have you taken The FA’s ‘Safeguarding for Committee’ members’ course?
• Does your club have a formal welcome process for new players and their parents/carers?
• Are all your club’s safeguarding policies and procedures up to date?
• Are your Club Welfare Officers contact details widely available?
• Is safeguarding a constant item on your main meeting agendas and in your club’s day to day practices?
If you’re a parent/carer:
• Do you know your child’s club Welfare Officer?
• If so, do you have their tel no. in your ‘phone, as well as that of the NSPCC?
• Are you up to speed with your child’s club’s safeguarding policies and procedures?
• Have you taken The FA’s free online ‘Safeguarding For All’ course?
• Do you regularly check-in with your child to see what they are enjoying/not enjoying and why?
If you’re a Club or League Welfare Officer:
• Do you know who your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer is?
• If so, do you have their tel. no in your phone?
• Have you reviewed your club’s or league’s safeguarding policies and procedures recently?
For more information on the safeguarding framework The FA has in place, together with numerous helpful guidance notes, please click here.
Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – there will be a designated Play Safeweekend every season. It will also be used to support other safeguarding-related events during the year, e.g. Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day and NSPCC Parents in Sport Week.
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. Doing nothing is not an option. It’s also important you stay calm, and if any child is present, reassure them they are not to blame. But don’t make promises of confidentiality or outcome.
There are five ways to report a concern:
1. To your club or league Designated Safeguarding Officer – please find out from your club who these people are;
2. To your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. Click here for a list of County FA contacts;
3. By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@TheFA.com;
4. If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline for expert advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
5. If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.
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Remembrance Sunday will soon be upon us and as always St Joseph’s Youth ’88 FC will pay their respects to the fallen by honouring a minutes silence before their kick offs on Sunday 14th November.
St Joseph’s Youth ’88 FC support this annual event and fully appreciate each individuals beliefs and views which is why we would like to make you aware of this occasion in advance.
If you would like to know more information regarding Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday, please log on to the Royal British Legion Website.
Summer Tournament 2021
St Joseph’s Youth ‘88 FC are holding their annual summer 6 a-side youth tournament.
Our annual Youth Section Presentation Day took place over several weeks after training and matches.The format adhered to all the social distancing restrictions and guidelines, but we were able to create some of formal aspect of the normal event where the club members had the opportunity to celebrate grass roots football even in these uncertain times
Congratulations to all the award winners and many thanks to all our players, club officers, coaches, sponsors and parents for another good season (albeit cut short).
A special thanks to the clubs committee members who made themselves available over those weeks to present the clubs special awards
Here are some of the pictures from the various days (more to follow):
It’s not perfect, our backs are against the wall at the minute, it’s harder than ever but you know what. We still LOVE it
To All our Members,
Following the recent announcement from the Government, in relation to the current situation with Covid -19, the Executive Committee have decided to postpone all training and games with immediate effect.
This decision was made in accordance with the advice from the Government, PHE and Middlesex FA. As you are aware the situation with Coronavirus is moving quickly, and we will be actively monitoring and liaising with the relevant parties to ensure you are kept up to date.
We have been informed that the Middlesex FA will be reviewing the postponement on the 6th April. The club will continue to keep members informed, however in the meantime if you would like to find further information please use the Middlesex FA website.
As always, the welfare of our members remains our primary concern. We would like to extend our support to any families that are affected by the current situation, if there is anything that the club can assist with please do get in touch.
St Joseph’s pride ourselves on being a family club, and now more than ever we need to pull together to support each other.
Selina McManus, Hon. Secretary.
Monday 16th March 2020
We are mindful that the current crises may mean that our festival may need to be moved to Sept. At the moment it is business as usual and we invite you to enter teams in the usual way. If we are not able to host the festival in June, then full refunds will of course be made if you don’t wish to transfer your entry to the alternative date
St Joseph’s Youth ‘88 FC are holding their annual summer 6 a-side youth tournament.
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2020
We are proud to host probably the biggest and definitely the best Summer youth football tournament around.
Details can be found on our Festival page:
Venue: Kenton Recreation Ground, Alicia Avenue, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 8HS
We have held a summer tournament for more than 20 years and have seen it become established as one of the most popular tournaments in Greater London and the surrounding areas. The tournament is spread out over two days with different age groups playing on each day.
The festival of Football is the main attraction, but other activities and facilities, such as bouncy castles, hot food & drink and face painting are available to make it a fun day out for all the family.
Each year the event has been very popular and we have had to limit the teams entering due to the high demand of entrants, so please apply early to avoid disappointment!
MAX SQUAD SIZE – 8 PLAYERS.
Team Registration Fee £40
£3 entry on the day for all visitors age 18 and over.
Card machines available for payments on the day
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St Joseph’s Youth ‘88 FC would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
To all of our magnificent supporters, volunteers, sponsors, players, staff members, youth team representatives, acquaintances, opponents and friends…thank you for everything you do for us, and we hope you and your families have a wonderful day.