Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable - Validation Visits Begin

Northamptonshire FA Football Development Officer, Debbie Preston, and Interim Head of Football Operations, Maria Murphy, began the 2018/19 validation process recently by visiting Kislingbury FC to meet with coaches, parents and players of the Under-10 side.

Northants FA takes the safety and welfare of children in our game extremely seriously. We continue to work hard to ensure every child has a positive experience playing or participating in the game, keeping football safe and enjoyable for all.

Club validation visits are a way for us to ensure that clubs are meeting their commitment to safeguarding, and that sessions are run by appropriately qualified individuals. The NFA staff use the visits to meet and engage with coaches, officials and parents to ensure that all are fully aware of the safeguarding processes in football and know what they should do if they have a concern.

On what was a particularly cold evening, it was great to see such enthusiasm from both Andy Summers (Kislingbury coach) and his players.

Maria Murphy said: “The validation visits are not just about ensuring coaches have the necessary qualifications and CRC checks. We want coaches, parents and players to understand the safeguarding processes that are in place, so they know where to get help should an issue arise.”

Debbie Preston added: “This season we are taking the opportunity to ask players a couple of questions as well. It was evident in the answers from Kislingburys U10s just how much football meant to them personally. They showed excitement and positivity along with the evident naivety that comes with being a 9-year-old. They were an absolute joy.

“In a world that at times can be less than joyous, let’s ensure that we all take on the responsibility of safeguarding them and their future.”

Safeguarding is a key priority for both the Northampton Football Association and The Football Association as a whole. 

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of your children, please contact your club’s Welfare Officer or the County Welfare Officer, via