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Anti-Bullying Football Games

Help raise awareness of bullying on Wear Blue Day – 10 November 2017

 As you know the effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether at school, work, college or socially. The impact of bullying can last a lifetime.

Bullying UK, part of Family Lives, works all year round on anti-bullying campaigns, and provides support to those who are experiencing bullying through our helpline and online advice. We will be running our successful Wear Blue Day for the third year and we would like your school to be involved and help raise awareness of bullying.

Wear Blue Day can be anything from a blue dress-down day, blue jeans, blue top or you could wear something adventurous and stand out for bullying! It is very simple, all you have to do is wear something blue and pop a pound (or more) in a bucket! You can also purchase our Bullying UK blue wristbands as part of your day too. (Wristbands are 50p each incl VAT, minimum order of 50. P&P is extra).

If you would like to be a part of Wear Blue Day, please sign up for further information on our simple Wear Blue registration form. Help us make this Wear Blue Day the biggest yet!

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

Posted by: | Posted on: November 8, 2017

Smells Familiar

Chris Johnson contacted The NCFA with a story that will smell familiar with the grassroots fraternity.

Chris, wrote; do you fancy running a story about the youth football pitches at Grange Paddocks, Bishops Stortford, Herts?

I’ve copied *********** who is on the board of the F.A into this email, as I had a long conversation about grassroots football and why England cannot produce world-class footballers when I picked him up in my taxi last year.

East Herts council pay a grounds maintenance company an absolute fortune to maintain the football pitches at Grange Paddocks, I spoke to ********** several months ago who actually said the football pitches were in a good state – I think ******** needs to get out of those ivory towers a little more.

Sunday 29th October – there were dangerous holes in the pitches that the maintenance company hadn’t checked, the grass hadn’t been cut for at least 3-4 weeks and was longer than the 75mm contracted length, there was dog turd that should have been cleared – given these pitches cost about £65 per game to rent – £65 quid for this garbage is unacceptable!!

How can kids ever learn to play football if these contractors “rinse” tax-payers cash and civil servants fail to do their jobs properly?

This is the general standard – not good enough – East Herts pay the contractor hundreds of thousands of pounds for this garbage.

…….this is simply not acceptable kids will be injured – East Herts Council, Grange Paddocks & the contractor should all hang their heads in shame.


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Grass Roots Football ID Card

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Working With Parents in Sport

At a time when parents have become more demanding of their children’s sporting careers from such a young age the relationship between coaches, parents and some governing bodies appear fractured to say the least.
‘Working with Parents in sport’ is a UK based company helping parents give their child the best possible sporting experience.
The increased coverage and exposure of leading sportspeople has meant more and more parents wish for that for their child from the moment they show a modicum of ability, leading to them living their life through their child.
Twenty years ago children went out to play sport for the fun of the game and if they became successful and were able to make a living from it then that was great. It was not the primary motivation for parents setting out their children on their sporting careers.
Many parents from the moment they see their child in sports kit and they begin to look like mini-adults their expectation of their child has increased considerably.
The increased media coverage, analysis on the sky sports channels has meant many parents who have no experience in the field of coaching suddenly think they can assist and coach their child, this can lead to a toxic mix between coach and parent and ultimately the child suffers.
As obesity rates continue to rise in the UK, many young people are giving up sport in their teenage years due to some of the pressures, behaviours put on them by parents during their formative years and they simply fall out of love with sport.
We all have a responsibility to address this. Sport and physical activity should be seen as a lifetime investment for our children, not a short term gain.
In the UK we need to go back to basics and see sport for what it is, a chance for our children to learn experiences for life.
Teamwork, dealing with adversity, friendships, sportsmanship are all valuable traits in life and not just in sport.

Gordon Maclelland

We need to work hard to link the triangle back together. The working relationship between parent, coach and child in the hope that we can give the next generation of children every chance of maximising all the positives that sport has to offer.
Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year olds to Adults.
He has a BA/Hons degree in Sports Science from University College Chester and a PGCE from Lancaster University.
He is a qualified teacher and has been Director of Sport at an independent prep school in the UK for the last 10 years. He has worked in schools in both the UK and New Zealand for the last 16 years.
He is the author of two books, ‘Parenting in Football’ and the ‘Sporting Do’s and Don’ts- A pocket guide for parents of children in sport.’
In recent times he has become a parent to two children and the early sporting experiences of his children prompted him to set up the company as well as write the two books above.
When he speaks he brings a wealth of experience to working with parents gathered through 20 years as a teacher and coach as well as a parent currently involved in children’s sport.

Click on the link below to find out more:

07897 517671

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