Introduced in 2016, the NWSF RESPECT program is an ongoing journey to change to culture in Football to a consistently positive and rewarding one. We are aiming to emphasise that, while winning is important as a measure of achievement; it is not the only measure out there. Setting your own goals and achieving them can be just as fulfilling for teams and individuals.
The Fundamental Aim of the RESPECT program is to encourage Respect towards:
- The match officials, without whom the game would be much less enjoyable
- The opposition, without whom there would be no game
- The laws, which keep the game fair and safe
- Yourself, set yourself standards and stick to them no matter what anyone else does
In practice, to recognise those supporting good behaviour every year, one of our 34 clubs is awarded the Fair Play Award by measuring a summary of yellow cards, red cards, and incident reports. Previous winners have been:
|2016||West Ryde Eagles FC|
|2017||Old Ignatians FC|
|2020||Hills Hawks (Mixed)|
Pennant Hills (Women's)
|2022||West Ryde Eagles (Mixed)|
Flying Bats & Eastwood St Andrews (Women's)
SHOOSH FOR KIDS
Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and sector partners to encourage positive spectator behaviour at junior sport.…if you don’t have anything nice to say, shoosh for kids.
Keep it positive. Keep it fun. Keep kids coming back to junior sport!
Shoosh for Kids isn’t about staying completely silent, it’s just about making sure we’re all positive. Our messages across the campaign run across five key themes:
- Overarching: Think before you speak
- General participation: Keep it positive. Keep it fun.
- Supporting the coaches: Let coaches do the coaching.
- Volunteer appreciation: Remember, volunteers run kids sport.
- Respecting the officials: Respect the referee