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Annual Respect fixture at Fratton this weekend

27 October 2017

Hampshire FA, in partnership with Portsmouth FC, Pompey in the Community and Kick It Out, host the annual ‘Respect fixture’ at Fratton Park against Bradford on Saturday.

This is the third season Pompey have hosted the fixture and the club are due to further their partnership with the County FA.

The two organisations are set to sign a partnership agreement in the near future to work together on joint initiatives.

Colin Farmery, club head of inclusion, said: “As a football club we take seriously our responsibility to the game as a whole and this Respect fixture. Our proposed partnership with Hampshire FA demonstrates this.

“Along with the great work Pompey in the Community do, it means the club are able to get to the heart of grassroots football.”

Two local youth football clubs will be in the Milton End today, having been drawn out by Pompey midfielder Milan Lalkovic as part of a Hampshire FA promotion.

Players and officials will also be wearing Respect t-shirts in today’s warm-up, while Hampshire FA officials will be around the stadium to meet and greet fans as they arrive.

Hampshire FA chief executive Neil Cassar said: “Hampshire FA is committed to eliminating bad behaviour detrimental to the grassroots game and fully supports and implements The FA's Respect programme in all areas.

“We have rolled out a series of Respect Education workshops to educate our members which continues to date and is led by the designated safeguarding & respect officer Ian Binks together with other staff members, including our referee development manager Andy Moisey and the discipline manager Debbie Sowton.

"Hampshire FA is committed to eliminating bad behaviour detrimental to the grassroots game."

Neil Cassar

“Education after all is knowledge. By providing these free workshops we aim to do just that, upskilling our members for the benefit of our future game for generations to come.”

Hampshire FA continue to support The FA’s ‘Set your stall out weekend’, an initiative designed to promote Respect, which sees an appointed youth league deliver a variety of matches to endorse the programme with Respect banners, touchline barriers, Respect stewards and more to raise awareness and profile of the programme.

Additionally, we continue to host the Silent Weekend initiative which was rolled out to youth leagues in Hampshire in aid of the Respect programme.

The Silent Weekend initiative was implemented to allow players to play without vocal influence by parents, spectators, coaches and managers, to see whether or not this had a positive impact on their game.

Hampshire FA hosted the most recent Silent Weekend which took place a few weeks ago, with a second Silent Weekend looking to be rolled out in March 2018.

Neil added: “I would like to thank Portsmouth FC, Bradford City AFC, PitC, Kick It Out and Hampshire FA staff and directors for their willingness to support the programme by hosting this fixture and all the campaigns and initiatives in the lead up.

“This presents a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to spread the message to a larger audience, which we have been proud to do on the past three occasions with Portsmouth FC.

“I would also like to personally thank all the staff at Portsmouth FC for their organisation and efforts behind the scenes, working closely with us on the variety of initiatives before the game.

“A collaborative approach is required to achieve any goal and together we’ll achieve desired outcomes for our beautiful game.”

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