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Daggers to front Essex FA’s ‘respect week’ against Portsmouth

General view of Victoria Road, home to Dagenham and Redbridge. Pic: Matthew Impey/EMPICS Sport General view of Victoria Road, home to Dagenham and Redbridge. Pic: Matthew Impey/EMPICS Sport

Monday, March 24, 2014
12:35 PM

Key features of The FA’s Respect Programme will be revisited when Dagenham & Redbridge host Portsmouth on April 12 as a special ‘Respect Match’ in conjunction with the Essex County FA.

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The Daggers encounter with Pompey in the Sky Bet Football League Two - a 3:07pm kick-off at Victoria Road – is the figurehead for ‘Respect Week’ activities involving grassroots matches from April 5 to April 12 inclusive. Clubs and leagues will be supporting the week with their own Respect fixtures.

‘Respect’ is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. The programme was launched by The FA prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, and successful outcomes have been measured ever since. To heighten the merits of the programme, the Essex County FA have joined forces with Dagenham & Redbridge to raise further local awareness.

The Daggers have played a major part in planning Respect Week. On the day, they’ll be welcoming a youth team from local FA Charter Standard Community Club, Dagenham United, who will form a ‘guard of honour’ as the players enter the pitch.

Steve Thompson MBE, Dagenham & Redbridge FC’s Managing Director, commented: “We are very pleased to be working with the Essex County FA on this important campaign. The Respect agenda is something we fully support, with our Community Trust delivering Respect lessons to over 1,200 school children each year.”

Essex County FA representatives will be observing the proceedings from the stand, which will include a special guest appearance from football freestyler Colin Nell, who will keep the spectators entertained with his ball-juggling skills. A feature will appear in the official matchday programme and there will be a physical Respect presence around the ground.

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