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Football unites for Play Safe weekend

29 September 2023

Club News

Football unites for Play Safe weekend

29 September 2023

English football is set to unite again this weekend to promote Play Safe – a countrywide campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.

Led by The Football Association, the Play Safe campaign is endorsed by the NSPCC and will be supported this weekend across every level of English football, including in the EFL, Premier League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, and across the grassroots game.

This season EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE – clubs and leagues at every level of the game, (and individuals if they wish) – is being to tell us what they are planning to do to make a difference over the Play Safe weekend and to share this via an online Play Safe Pledge. (

The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) continues to support Play Safe: “Creating safe environments in every football setting is a collective responsibility.

"It’s really important that every single person in football – no matter if they’re actively involved or on the sidelines – understands that they have an ongoing role to play. Knowing how to act on any concerns is vital and Play Safe is a key way to raise awareness so that everyone is vigilant and knows what to do if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour.”

Walsall FC Designated Safeguarding Officer Lee Fraser highlighted how vital the Play Safe campaign is.

“The importance of safeguarding in football continues to evolve and develop as it is an essential element to ensure the game can be enjoyed by everyone from an academy player to our tremendous fans,” he said.

“As a club we fully embrace the excellent Play Safe Initiative as we commit to educate all involved with Walsall Football cub that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.”

This year’s Play Safe weekend focuses on the safeguarding role EVERYONE has to play – coach, player, parent/carer, spectator or volunteer – to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting. EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, EVERYTIME is encouraged to WATCH, LISTEN, TALK and ACT if they have any safeguarding concerns.

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