WE'RE BACKING PLAY SAFE
Welwyn Pegasus FC is lending its full support to Play Safe – an ongoing national campaign led by The FA to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.
Although it runs throughout the year, Play Safe really comes to the fore over football’s National Safeguarding Weekend, held last year on Saturday/Sunday 30th September and 1st October.
The main focus this year is on parents and carers, with two key messages to convey:
Awareness of the vital safeguarding role parents/carers play in football; and
Encouragement to take the short, new and free online safeguarding course that’s been created specifically for parents/carers. You can access the course here.
Importantly, encouragement to take the new course has come from FASSSAG – The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group:
FA Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham, said: "We want everyone involved in football – particularly children and young people – to have a safe, positive and enjoyable experience. English football will come together this weekend with leagues and clubs across the country participating in our Play Safe Weekend, taking our Play Safe Pledge to help build awareness and understanding about the importance of safeguarding. We encourage everyone in the game to take part."
The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group [FASSSAG] has added its support to the campaign: "Creating safe environments in every football setting is a collective responsibility. It’s really important that every single person in football – no matter if they’re actively involved or on the sidelines – understands that they have an ongoing role to play. Knowing how to act on any concerns is vital and Play Safe is a key way to ensure everyone is vigilant and knows what to do if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour."
WPFC Chairman, Alan Gibbs emphasises the importance of the Play Safe campaign.
“As a community club, we totally support the importance of the Play Safe campaign. We always strive to create a safe environment for everyone involved, and with the support of parents and carers across the game – we aim to keep safeguarding at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”
Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.