This year The County FA has selected the weekend of 24th/25th September for its silent weekend.
Q. What is a Silent Weekend?
A. A silent weekend aims to create a fun, safe and developmental experience for all children in youth football by protecting their interests, enabling them to play the game with freedom, without pressure or an over-emphasis on winning at all costs.
Q. Why are you trialling a Silent Weekend?
A. To recognise the achievements of clubs and leagues that already promote the values of the silent weekend, raising awareness of some of the concerns children have when playing football and ensuring consistency across the board.
Q. What are the Rules of the Silent Weekend?
A. A Code of Conduct has been created and will be circulated to all Clubs and Leagues.
Q. What are the coaches supposed to do if they can’t communicate?
A. Coaches are encouraged to give clear instructions to players before the game starts, take notes during the game and utilise half time or designated stoppages to communicate to players positively.
Q. How do we join in the Silent Weekend?
A. Contact your League to sign up, you will then be issued with promotional material to use at your games and hand out to parents and spectators.
Q. How do we know who is part of the Silent Weekend?
A. A list of participating Leagues will be advertised on www.berks-bucksfa.com however we encourage as many teams to sign up as possible, to ensure effective support of the Silent Weekend message.
Q. What happens if we are playing a team that haven’t signed up to the Silent Weekend?
A. You could hand out the promotional material and Code of Conduct to all spectators, encouraging them to support the Silent Weekend.
Q. What if our game gets called off?
A. Explore the possibility of holding a Silent Weekend game with your opponent once your fixture is rearranged.
Q. What will happen if spectators don’t follow the Code of Conduct?
A. Following the FA’s Respect Codes of Conduct, they may be asked to leave the venue, meet with the Club’s Committee and/or Welfare Officer, or asked not to attend future games.
Q. Can we use this as a fundraising opportunity?
A. Absolutely! You can tie a sponsored Silent Weekend in with a local charity or with a national charity like Children in Need which is on 18th November 2016.
Q. How will you know if it has been successful?
A. Research is to be carried out around this project, and the results could be used to determine future initiatives and projects. We will be putting a survey on our website for all coaches, players and parents to complete and return.
Q. Who can I contact for more details?
A. Contact your League for more details and www.berks-bucksfa.com for updated lists of participating Leagues.