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Kids Zone

West Riding FA are delighted to have recently launched our first ever Kids Zone on our website, a new dedicated page for young football players in West Riding.

The page contains the following:
• How to report concerns
• Our new Be Kind campaign
• Stay safe online guidance
• Codes of conduct
• Feedback form
• FA Superkicks app


Safeguarding & Child Welfare

We have dedicated Welfare Officers who volunteer their own time to work with the players, club and league. The Welfare Officers must have an in date FA Accepted Enhanced with Children’s Barring List Check, have attended the FA Safeguarding Children Training course, and attended the Welfare Officer Workshop Training as a pre-requisite to become a Welfare Officer.


The Welfare Officers are to be the lead and provide clarity in ensuring the clubs responsibilities when running activities for children and young people. They will help the clubs personnel to recognise safeguarding it is everyone’s responsibility and to actively play their part.


Please review the our Safe Guarding Children Policy here Howden Clough JFC Safe Guarding Children Policy 2020.


It is vitally important that everyone associated with Howden Clough JFC knows who the Welfare Officers are, and how to contact them, especially the players, parents and coaches.  Our Welfare Officer is Clare Pritchard, who is part the clubs committee, and can be contacted via the contact us page or on our Facebook page.


As a large Junior Football Club, Howden Clough always encourage additional welfare officer(s) to support the club. If you would like to help with Children’s Welfare, and work as a volunteer, please contact us.


All of this training is funded by Howden Clough JFC, a large proportion of our income from registration fees and fundraising activities.


If you would like further information relating to Children’s Welfare and Safeguarding, please visit the West Riding County FA at https://www.westridingfa.com/safeguarding-and-welfare-zone

A lot of resources are available online at West Riding County FA. For further information and reporting to the WRCFA, you can visit the ‘See it, Hear it, Report it’ section of the WRCFA website at https://www.westridingfa.com/report

You can also use the following ‘See it, Hear it, Report it’ guidance form if you have any concerns Report Concerns
You can contact our Committee and Welfare Officer if you have any questions or concerns regarding child safeguarding.
You can also visit FA Website at https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding

Child welfare is of upmost importance to every adult and child. If you would like further information or support, whether related to our football club or the wider world, further support and sources of information are available.

Kirklees Safeguarding
Child Exploitation and Online Protection


Howden Clough JFC are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our players so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. 

We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member. This club is committed to playing its part to teach players to treat each other with respect.

Please review our Anti-bullying policy here Howden Clough JFC Anti Bullying Policy 2020

If you have any concerns or questions, or a feel upset at all, please know that you are not alone. Always speak with someone, whether it is with your age group coach or manager, the clubs welfare office or a committee member. There is always someone here to help. You can also look at the following websites who can offer lots of help and advice.


Guidance for parents/carers


Guidance for young people


Howden Clough have approximately 400 players, with age groups spanning from Under 6 right through to open age. All of our coaches and managers are volunteers, and dedicate a lot of their own time to develop the teams and players at training sessions and on match days.


Our coaches work with children and young people, and as such need to have the appropriate skills and training. All of our coaches and managers must have DBS Checks as a pre-requisite before working with children. Further to this, they all undertake FA Safeguarding Children Training course, and the Emergency First Aid for Children Training Course. The DBS, Safe guarding and First Aid Courses are renewed periodically for all coaches and managers.


For further development of the club, players and volunteers, many of our coaches have sat the FA Coaching Level 1 and 2 training courses.


Without volunteers our club would cease to exist, therefore Howden Clough always encourage additional volunteer support. If you would like to help with coaching, as a volunteer, please contact us your age group manager or contact us via the website of Facebook page.


All of this training is funded by Howden Clough JFC.

FA Respect Campaign

As part of the FA’s West Riding, we have a responsibility for the development and welfare of all players and volunteers, and as such have recognised and implemented the FA Respect Code of Conduct which all players and spectators are expected to understand and comply with.


Football is to create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone involved. To ensure this environment is in place, the codes of conducts are issued to all players (or parents/carers).  Each of our coaches explain the code of conduct to our younger players, and expect parents/carers to explain the code of conduct to the players as well.


If you would like to learn more about the FA Respect Campaign, please visit https://www.thefa.com/get-involved/respect where you can read and download lots of informative information.

Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)

Further to the FA’s Respect campaign, and following successful trial runs, and from the start of the 2019 football season, Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) will come into effect for dissent offences. 90 minute games will have a 10 minute sin bin, and all other matches will have an 8 minute sin bin. This will apply to active players on the pitch, and not substitutes and coaching staff. For further information please visit www.westridngfa.com/referees/temporary-dismissals.