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PNE Supporting FA’s Play Safe Campaign This Weekend

27 September 2023

Club News

PNE Supporting FA’s Play Safe Campaign This Weekend

27 September 2023

Preston North End are proud to be promoting the Play Safe campaign this weekend, alongside clubs across every level of English football.

Led by The Football Association, Play Safe is a countrywide campaign which focuses attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.

This year’s Play Safe weekend is paying particular focus to the safeguarding role everyone has to play, whether that be a coach, player, parent/carer, spectator or volunteer, to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting.

PNE will recognise the campaign at this Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion (30th September).

The captain on the day will wear a special Play Safe armband, while manager Ryan Lowe will wear a pin badge.

Supporters attending the match are invited and encouraged to scan QR codes around the stadium which will take them to a short and free safeguarding course. Those in hospitality will also be able to do this, while the Play Safe message will also feature in the matchday programme.

PNE’s Head of Safeguarding, Carole Player said: “I have had the privilege of working with and supporting children and young people, and their families, for more than 22 years.

“During that time, I’ve seen first-hand the hugely positive outcomes for children when they are surrounded by caring and supportive adults.

“We all need to work hard at creating nurturing places for children and young people, where they feel safe, happy, and valued. They should be at the centre of all we do.

“It is also so important to remember that safeguarding is a collective responsibility and, as a football club, we fully endorse the message of the FA’s Play Safe campaign.”

The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) continues to support Play Safe: “Creating safe environments in every football setting is a collective responsibility.

“It’s really important that every single person in football – no matter if they’re actively involved or on the sidelines – understands that they have an ongoing role to play.

“Knowing how to act on any concerns is vital and Play Safe is a key way to raise awareness so that everyone is vigilant and knows what to do if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour.”

Everyone, everywhere, everytime is encouraged to watch, listen, talk, and act if they have any safeguarding concerns.

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