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Old Coulsdon Colts supports the FA's Code of Conduct and recognise that respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place.

Supporting our Young Players

We all know how much enjoyment children can get out of football and as parents, we all want to be as supportive as we can. But is the support you are giving appropriate? The following tips will hopefully give you an idea of what is acceptable and how you can best support your child in football.

1. Children's football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Focus on this, rather than exclusively on winning matches.

2. Don't take it too seriously. Even if our child is talented, at this stage their enjoyment is still the main goal.

3. Children need positive feedback to feel they can improve their game. It doesn't help to tell them what they are doing wrong.

4. Help them analyse their own game after the match is over. Ask them how they felt about it, about other players, and ask them what went well to reinforce their strengths.

5. Help children learn form their own mistakes by encouraging them to think about what they could have done instead. Remind them of their strengths.

6. Help children to feel confident, enjoy themselves and feel like they 'belong' by supporting a appositive atmosphere at the game.

7. Football is a passionate game but don't let disappointment at a misplaced pass or poor touch get in the way. Encourage players to 'move on'.

8. Respect the officials—children copy their parents and other adults behaviour. Thousands of referees quit football every year at because of the abuse they receive from players and from the side-lines, while lots of children also pack it in because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parent.

9. Follow the FA & Old Coulsdon Colts FC Code of Conduct and encourage children and other adults to do the same.

10. Contact Kerry, Child welfare Officer for Old Coulsdon Colts ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) in confidence if you have any queries or concerns about parent, coach, child and spectator behaviour at the Club.

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