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Posted by: | Posted on: August 16, 2017

Bullying UK

Dear Supporter,

As you know, the effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether at school, work, college or socially. Bullying UK, part of Family Lives, works all year round on anti-bullying campaigns, and provides support to those who are experiencing bullying. We would like the support of your school or workplace to help raise money for Bullying UK so that we can continue supporting people affected by bullying. This could be by joining us in our third annual wear blue campaign; register for updates and further information by clicking here, or by purchasing our Bullying UK blue wristbands to sell as part of your day (Wristbands cost 50p each incl. VAT, minimum order of 50. P&P is extra).

Help us make this Wear Blue Day the biggest yet!

If you would simply like to donate, this makes a huge difference for those affected by bullying and donations can be made through our page at  https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/familylives/wearblueday2017

Could you be a Bullying UK champions who can fundraise for Bullying UK to improve the lives of people affected by bullying. We have produced a great fundraising pack that includes ideas for ways you can raise money including an anti-bullying bake off, fun days, vlogs or even a quiz night or you might want to come up an idea of your own.  For support and to register, please contact Tallulah on 0207 553 3097 or email TallulahC@familylives.org.uk for more information and a pack.

Please feel free to use any of our anti-bullying week resources, which include downloadable posters, flash cards, debate activity, comic strips and problem pages to use in the classroom. We also have presentations, interactive anti-bullying videos, poster and more. For more information, please visit our anti-bullying week 2017 page for updates.

We would love to see your pictures of your Wear Blue Day, fundraising events or wearing our amazing wristbands, so please connect with us on social media using #wearblueday #stopbullying and visit us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, email us bullyinguk@familylives.org.uk.

Kind Regards

Katie Dare

Katie Dare| Area Manager | Family Lives | London and South East (South) | Carers Support Centre 24 George Street Croydon CR0 1PB | Mobile 07500 487484 | Independent Support line 020 3131 3150 | Landline 020 3727 3571

Posted by: | Posted on: August 16, 2017

FREE v FREE (NCFW) 2017

National Children’s Football Week acts as a reminder to parents, guardians, carers, facilitators, coaches, teachers and volunteers, that the children’s game does not have to branded, expensive, associated or dominated by adults.  It is a simple game when played by children.  It is a fun game owned by children.  There is little room for the rules of a game that determines greed, aggression and win at all costs.  It is time we reclaimed the children’s game.

Liverpool Celebrate National Children’s Football Week

Kings Hill F.C. host FREE v FREE

Wyvern SEN School Free v Free Week

As I work at a special needs school I know how difficult it can be for students to access football activities outside of school hours, so as part of the NCFA Free v Free we held a week of football during the school day from 12th to 20th July, before the school year ended. All the children were invited to take part and time was made for a series of games to be played each day on the playground and school field. Students from sixth form helped out organise the teams and matches. Although the school has a football field with goals, we also played some games where goals were made up from jumpers and coats and there weren’t any side lines or coned areas. The youngsters who have some mobility difficulties playing on grass took part in some fun games in the school MUGA and then took part in a penalty shoot out against the teachers. On the last day of the Free v Free School week the juniors organised their own game, picked the sides and played without any adult instruction, cheered on by teachers and teaching assistants. The event overall was a very enjoyable experience for all those who took part during the week of fun football.

Although Kent now has one of the largest Pan-disability football leagues in the country, many youngsters with SEN/disabilities are still not able to access football simply because of travel restrictions and distance from venues where SEN/Disability league football is played. At Wyvern SEN School we hold a weekly after school football club, but for students who live some distance from the school who use school transport, if parents/carers are unable to pick their children up afterwards, then they are not able take part. Events such as the NCFA Free v Free Week of Football offers children of all abilities the opportunity to play football for free, which is how the game should be played.

David Ramzan, NCFA SEN Officer.

IF YOU, YOUR SCHOOL, CLUB OR TEAM WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART IN FREE v FREE 2018 contact us at: info@thecfa.co.uk

Posted by: | Posted on: August 15, 2017

Kick the corporate out of children’s football.

Kick The Corporate Out of Children’s Football was the the feedback from parents, facilitators and volunteers, at this year’s National Children’s Football Week’s Free V Free.  An increasing realisation of the brandification of the children’s game is fueling claims that football is the bully of sport on the school play ground.  ‘If you are no good at football you are no good at sport.’, said, Jason Swift, parent, Liverpool.

Pester power is the ability of children to pressurize their parents into buying them products, especially items advertised in the media. Football brands care little for the development of our children.  It is not in the interests of professional football clubs to safe guard our children’s parents from branding their little ones as young as two weeks old.  From the moment children are born they are branded and the football fraternity claim another unsuspecting life-long product wearing walking advertisement.

In the recent decade we experienced a tremendous shift in social media as well as in its usage. One of the primary objectives of social media is to increase brand awareness through building stronger relationships between companies and customers.  Marketing is now more intense than ever.

What’s the problem?  

Manufacturing children for a football system brings a myriad of issues that don’t seem to figure in the grand scheme of things.  If the father was brought up on Derby County then his son will have no choice or if mum is a life-long Chelsea fan then her daughter will follow suit.  Keep it in the family!  It pays to brand early – very early!

Over the years The NCFA receive concerns from parents about their children being under pressure to buy the latest football kit, boots, etc. The fall-out at home and at school can be stressful for all concerned.  Are you a parent with a view on this matter?  If so – let us know about it and answer the following questions by sharing your opinions by emailing them to: info@thecfa.co.uk 

  1. As you child ever been bullied at football.  If so – where?  On the play ground, at a football club or other place?  What was the cause of bullying?

  2. Have you been pestered by your child to buy any football regalia / paraphernalia?  If yes, what was it?

  3. What should be done to protect children from branding?