THE SONICS FAMILY ARE HERE TO HAVE FUN AND PLAY FOOTBALL!
We also want to keep you safe and make sure you know there is help out there if you need it. You are a person as well as a player and the coaches have a duty of care to respect that. Your coaches’ role, as well as teaching you the ins and outs of football, includes:
All the adults involved with Sonics (coaches, referees, parents) should be role models for children and if they can remember this each week, then the game will be far more enjoyable for everyone!
HOW TO ASK FOR HELP AND GET ADVICE
There are lots of people you can talk to if you are worried about how someone is behaving towards you whilst you are at Sonics.
You could talk to your parents, or your coach, the club chairman or your welfare officer. Remember, you have joined Sonics to play football, make new friends and most importantly – have fun!
If you are a young boy or girl and you are upset, hurt or scared with the way somebody behaves with you, please let someone you trust know now.
Demelza Knight is the club welfare officer and is always available to contact if you are worried or have any concerns or questions. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07764 229332.
If you would rather, there are lots of websites out there to help you out and offer advice. Try going to one of the following – just click on the link to find out what they do and how to get in touch:
You may prefer to use one of the websites that offer advice. Some you can email your concern to and they will email you back with advice specifically for you. It’s easy to get information simply click on the web address and find out more.
The FA provides lots of help and support to ensure the safety of children and young people playing football, and works closely with the NSPCC to provide 24 hour access to help and support.
Visit the FA Safeguarding website for the latest information or get in touch via the NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Other useful places to go for information and support include:
www.childline.org.uk or telephone – 08001111
www.There4me.com and www.worriedneed2talk.org.uk (aimed at 12 – 16 year olds)
Stop it now!
www.stopitnow.org.uk or telephone – 0808 1000 900