In addition to the EFL, Newport County also supports AFC Play Safe – a national FA-led campaign to raise awareness of the importance of protection in football.
Play safe is operated in partnership with NSPCC and has the full support of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship. It is also supported and executed at all other levels of the game.
The main element of Play safe is a series of short films that emphasize the importance of clubs like ours having protection in all of our activities. The films also explain to parents / carers and children themselves knowing what to do when they feel unsafe or concerned because nothing is more important than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and teenagers.
“As the youth team coach, I’ll be working with my club to make sure we get the Play safe Messaging, ”says FA chief Mark Bullingham. “I am also pleased that the campaign is supported by the former footballers who have lived experience of abuse in football and who are on our side.” Advisory group to support and secure survivors. The group said together:
“Learning from the past is essential so that we can avoid repeating the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football.
“As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play safe mediated – be it to club officials, parents / carers and or vital, children and young people themselves. It is just as important Play safe is not a one-off campaign – it is used at key points on the football calendar to remind everyone in football that the wellbeing of children and their safety should be at the heart of everything we do. “
As the Survivor Group points out, you will see Play safe Performing at different times during the season to stay ahead of the game in football. Together we want to do everything to ensure that everyone – especially children and young people – experience our great game positively.