This weekend parents and guardians are been asked only to applaud during matches rather than the talking and shouting we are all accustomed to around the pitch. The aim of this occasion is to reduce pressure on youth players at the grassroots level and give them a better opportunity and environment to find their own voice, improve their on-pitch communications skills, develop their own game, and most importantly have fun says the FA.
Chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “The National Silent Support Weekend is designed to promote respect in youth football. It gives players an opportunity to focus fully on their game and not be distracted by the touchline.”
“As a grassroots coach, I have taken part in trials and seen the benefits first hand. It was so well received by the players that we have worked with County FAs to offer the first National Silent Support weekend. We hope a large number of leagues and clubs across the country will join in and provide a fun environment for young players to find their voice.”