Improving behaviour - on the pitch and on the sidelines - was
the No.1 priority emerging from the biggest survey to date of
grassroots football in England, undertaken by The FA in 2007.
The Respect programme is The FA's whole-game response to this
demand for improvement, working with football's other key
influencers. BCS are strong supporters of Respect and the programme
frames and underpin BCS's day-to-day work across football.
What is 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.
The Football Association has taken a radical new approach to
tackling bad behaviour from fans and players by launching its own
football club Respect FC. The aim of the club is not to win
silverware or secure a Champions League place; its goal will be to
unite fans against the ugly side of the beautiful game to create a
safe and enjoyable environment in which it can take place.
Appointing comedian and avid Bristol City fan Mark Watson as
Chairman, the Club has been founded through concern from both the
top level of the game and the grassroots community around abuse
towards referees and poor sideline behaviour. Respect FC is not
your usual football club; it's a football club made up of people
from all walks of life, with one collective goal - to bring Respect
back to the game we all love.
For every fan that joins Respect FC, The FA has pledged to put
£1 back into the Respect initiative within grassroots football (up
to the value of £50,000). Members of the Club will be able to vote
online at www.RespectFootballClub.com to say how
this money is used at the end of the 2011-12 season.