25th September 2023

Yeovil Town Football Club is honoured to lend its support to the FA’s Play Safe Weekend, taking place on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.

Once again, English football is coming together during this weekend to champion Play Safe – a nationwide campaign that emphasises the crucial importance of safeguarding in our national sport.

Guided by The Football Association and backed by the NSPCC, the Play Safe initiative will receive backing across all tiers of English football during this weekend, including the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League, and Barclays Women’s Championship, as well as throughout Non-League and grassroots football.

The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) remains steadfast in its support of Play Safe, emphasising, “Creating secure environments in all football settings is a shared responsibility. It’s imperative that every individual involved in football, whether actively participating or on the sidelines, comprehends their ongoing role. Awareness of how to respond to concerns is critical, and Play Safe plays a pivotal role in raising awareness, ensuring that everyone remains vigilant and knows the appropriate steps to take should they encounter any inappropriate conduct.”

This year’s Play Safe weekend places a spotlight on the safeguarding duty that EVERYONE holds – whether a coach, player, parent/carer, spectator, or volunteer – to ensure the safety of children and young individuals in any football context. We encourage EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, EVERYTIME to WATCH, LISTEN, TALK, and ACT should they have any concerns regarding safeguarding.

It is all part of the collective effort in English football to foster an increasingly secure culture throughout the sport at every level.