Clare Schoolboys/girls Soccer League


"It's our Game, Let Coaches Coach, Let Referee's Referee, Let Parents & Supporters Observe & Encourage"

Author:  Deirdre Shannon

Published:  10 months ago

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The CSSL in conjunction with the FAI are launching a" RESPECT OUR GAME INITATIVE" Respect for the Players, Officials & Volunteers

The CSSL will run a Poster/Banner Competition " RESPECT OUR GAME INITATIVE" with all CSSL affiliated teams, the winning team will be awarded with a set of Jerseys for their team with the Image of their poster on the front of their Jerseys, this competition is open to all age groups aged 8-16. All teams are asked to come together and design their own personal team poster

All entries must be returned to the CSSL Chairperson on or before November 29th, winning poster/team will be announced at the CSSL AGM
December 2023.


Individuals who have a positive experience of sport can, and often do, remain within the game throughout their lives.

Respect for players, officials and volunteers is the cornerstone of this experience and key to upholding the values of sport. With this in mind representatives of the FAI, IRFU and the GAA have pledged to work together on this important topic over the coming year.

To kick things off during the weekend of 7th & 8th October the three main sporting bodies in Ireland are working together to remind everyone within their games about the values of ‘Respect’ on and off the field.

To do this each sport has committed this weekend to activities such as fair play awards at adult matches, silent or positive sidelines at youth games and presentations to the parents and coaches on the positive influence they can bring to the games. We know that one of the main reasons why adults drop out of sport is that they feel “they didn’t belong or didn’t feel welcomed ”. Specifically, young players say, “it wasn’t fun anymore”.

But when people have a positive experience, they stay involved for longer and often look to give back to the club and so stay involved in their sport way beyond the point at which they finished playing it.

Over 40% of the adult population are participating in sport, with an additional 12% involved in volunteering and over 30% reported as being a member of a club, this initiative has the chance to impact many people and highlight the important role that sport can play in people’s lives when conducted in a positive manner.

FAI CEO Jonathan Hill said: “Respect for referees is a core principle highlighted in our recent #NoRefNoGame campaign and respect for each other has to be a core principle running across the whole of the Irish football community. We all have a part to play to make sure we act in the right way in all dealings with fellow players, coaches and administrators across the game and accept that as a basic and defining approach to everything we do. We're delighted to partner with the IRFU & GAA in delivering this coordinated message as we all put the focus on respecting individuals across all elements of our sports.”

Speaking about the initiative IRFU CEO Kevin Potts says; “In rugby we are fortunate that there is a long tradition and culture of respect that is rooted in our game. We do not take for granted the pivotal role of match officials and volunteers in helping our sport to run smoothly and it is imperative that these individuals are treated with the utmost respect. Weekends such as this are essential in keeping these values thriving in our game and I am pleased we are working with the GAA and FAI to deliver this important message.”

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Larry McCarthy said: “Respect has to be at the heart of our games and activities and this applies not only to Gaelic games but to everyone who organises or who is involved in sport. All sport organisations need to bring to life their declaration and commitment to respect and display it at every game.

“Last year our clubs and counties responded very well to our campaign to underline the importance of match officials and for more to be done on respecting and valuing their contribution to our games. During this year's inter-county season we promoted a message of respect, tolerance and understanding online. That culture of respect should exist on our sidelines, between our players and volunteers and amongst supporters. When people have a positive experience in our sports they enjoy them more, stay involved longer, and look to give back to their sport as a result.

"It is a project that will never have a finish line and needs to be a focus beyond one weekend - but our project coordination with the IRFU and the FAI is important because as sporting associations, we have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to set an example and I encourage all our units to step up to this call to action.

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