Northamptonshire FA is proud to support the NSPCC’s work in eradicating bullying in sport.
Every child has the right to experience sport in a safe environment, free from abuse and bullying.
As in most environments, bullying can and does happen in sport. Sports organisations play an important role in creating a positive club ethos that challenges it.
In a report about children's experiences of sport by the NSPCC (2011), children reported that while 2/3 of bullying behaviour occurred mainly between teammates and peers, 1/3 of those reporting it said coaches were involved, either directly by participating or indirectly by creating an ethos where such behaviour was condoned or not effectively dealt with.
These pages aim to help you ensure that everyone taking part in your sport respects each other and works together to stop bullying, whether it's in your sports setting our outside of it.
To address bullying behaviour successfully, a 'whole club' approach that includes coaches, volunteers, officials, young people and parents is needed.
Sports clubs and organisations should create a culture that makes it clear to children and young people that bullying behaviour will not be tolerated, and that if someone is experiencing bullying they should tell an adult immediately. Let children know that if they report bullying they will be taken seriously and it will be acted upon.
For more information and resources, courtesy of NSPCC, please visit the link below.
Anti-Bullying In Sport