This is message received from England Football on 23 September 2022 – please read this and the questions at the end.
Play your part in a weekend of football that’ll leave you speechless.
Silent Support Weekend is to encourage spectators and coaches to show their support only through applause while the match is in play. This gives players a better opportunity to find their own voice and develop their game.
We’re asking all leagues and your clubs to join in on the 5th & 6th November 2022.
Sometimes words get in the way
We’re asking coaches and spectators to be quiet during the game.
The coach can talk to the players at half time. And everyone can applaud good play from either team.
Give them peace let them play
We will send promotional materials and guidance for you to share with your clubs and promote across your social channels and at their club houses.
Minutes of silence can see moments of Magic
Not sure about it? Have a go and tell us what you thought.
This is part of ongoing research to create a positive space for our players and you will have an opportunity to feedback.
As a Club we have an opportuntity to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of this idea before any decision is made as to whether we sign up to this as a Club.
Some benefits of this are, and this is by no means a complete list:
Some disadvantages of this are, and this is by no means a complete list:
Some questions I think we should consider are:
Please can you email email@example.com with your thoughts on this matter so all the views can be collated and present them for a collective decision.