Pitch22 Safeguarding children statement

If used correctly, the Internet can be a vital resource for youth football clubs. Having the ability to communicate effectively can enhance coaching techniques as well as improve players’ and parents’ sense of belonging to the club. An avant-garde communication platform supports an image of a forward looking and modern club.

Pitch22 considers safeguarding children and good practice to be a key priority. Pitch22 is designed to facilitate safe communication between players, parents and staff and allow the club to focus on the job at hand: developing young players into adults who can make a positive contribution to society. In the interest of children’s safety and wellbeing, Pitch22 was developed using the principles identified in the English Football Association Child Protection Policy.

“Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.”

The Pitch22 Safeguarding Children Policy advocates the following principles:
  1. Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility
  2. All clubs using Pitch22 sign up to this Safeguarding Children Statement
  3. Creating a safe space for young footballers to communicate and support their development
  4. Clubs are responsible for ensuring all content on the site abides by the Pitch22 Safeguarding Children statement
  5. Parents or legal guardians have access to all the communication being shared between players and members of staff.

Pitch22 meets all the requirements of the Football Association Safeguarding Children Policies and Best Practice guidelines.

Please click here to find out more about Safeguarding Children, including policies, regulations, best practices and other documentation compiled by the English FA.