In 2015, Football West participated in the launch of a new Respect campaign aimed at educating players, coaches and spectators about the role of the men and women who control our games.
The ongoing campaign, which is backed by Football Federation Australia and was developed in conjunction with England’s Football Association, also aims to combat anti-social behaviour and end the abuse of officials.
Football West wants players and spectators to heed the campaign message. Clubs can get on board by hosting a 90-minute interactive presentation that will give members a better understanding of refereeing.
Football West’s Eddie Lennie, head of referee education and a whistle blower at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said there was a real need for everyone, including the mums and dads of junior players, to respect officials.
“Football West was one of the first Member Federations to roll out this national campaign, and there was a great deal of appreciation from the football community towards the initiative,” Lennie said.
“It’s all about education and the need to RESPECT each other’s roles in the game.”
For more information, or to arrange a presentation at your club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org