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PUBLISHED: 10:48 20 November 2012

The Essex FA are seeking nominations for refereeing awards (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Essex FA urge local clubs to apply

The FA have joined forces with the Football Foundation to administer a £200,000 Respect Equipment Scheme.

It will help to fund barriers and other items such as ‘high-viz’ pitch marshal vests, captain’s armbands and DVDs, all produced with the aim of making the game as safe and enjoyable as possible for all participants.

Vouchers are being made available to all affiliated clubs, who can use them against the purchase of these items.

Applicants will require a 2012/13 affiliation number to be eligible for the scheme, which can be obtained from club secretaries or the Essex FA.

Local clubs are advised to apply early, as the funding window remains open until the cash has been used up.

Youth football in England is enormously popular - there are over 55,000 teams - and every weekend most players, coaches and referees have an enjoyable experience of the game.

There are, however, occasions where some spectators fail to recognise that the younger age groups are a time to learn the game.

They can be aggressive, sarcastic and disrespectful instead of offering positive, constructive and supportive comments.

Evidence suggests some young players imitate this adult behaviour, whilst others will plainly elect - like some referees - to do something else with their time.

This led to the introduction of the Respect Programme, which was launched by The FA in 2008 after they identified a range of measures to tackle raging touchline parents.

Further research has established that the programme is having a positive effect on the matchday experience.

Clubs can apply online to the Football Foundation for a voucher offering them a 50 per cent discount on the price of a barrier and other Respect promotional items. FA Charter Standard Clubs will be able to access additional vouchers.

To find out more, visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/respect.

Further information on Respect can also be found at www.essexfa.com or by following @EssexCountyFA on Twitter.

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