Improving Culture

Northants FA pledge its commitment to improving the culture of football locally

Northants FA pledge its commitment to improving the culture of football locally.  

Northants FA will not tolerate any form of abuse towards Match Officials.  

We would like to remind the football community that any form of abuse towards match officials will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in the strongest possible way. We all have a responsibility in setting the right standard of behaviours in the game and we therefore need everyone’s support in improving the situation we find ourselves in with misconduct charges on the rise.  

Luke Scott discusses the current state of touchline behaviour with BBC Radio Northampton  
Luke Scott

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Local Referee Ralph Seckington shares his experience refereeing in recent years:  
Ralph Seckington
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We have seen an increase this season so far in the number of charges raised within the local game compared to this time last season.  

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Pete Walton also had his say on the behaviour referees face at all levels of the game.  

Pete Walton

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Last season the NFA worked with fifteen clubs through a pilot project called Right minded Football. The aim of the scheme was to incentivise creating a positive environment and offer support with creating a strong club ethos. Some examples of this work can be seen below: 

Hawks RMF tournament  

Glinton and Northborough 

Northants Football will be looking to continue working with key stakeholders to put on discipline roadshows & consultation events at the beginning of 2024 which will aim to shed some light on the discipline process and the rules and regulations surrounding that, along with some important consultation sessions with stakeholders to gather views on how we can work to improve behaviour and the environment that football is played in within the County. We will also be persisting on promoting this message across our channels to remind individuals on the important role they have to play in creating the right environment for all.  

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To hear more on the good work going on locally in the world of refereeing listen to the weekly podcast For Ref's Sake which is hosted by Luke Scott and Wayne Chalmers. 

 For Ref's Sake 

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