Leeds United show support for the Play Safe weekend

Annual campaign focused on safeguarding.

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Leeds United will once again show support in helping to promote Play Safe and the Play Safe weekend, a countrywide campaign to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.

Led by The Football Association, the Play Safe campaign is endorsed by the NSPCC and will be supported this weekend across every level of English football, including the EFL, Premier League, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship, and across the grassroots game.

The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) continues to support Play Safe, and they said: “Creating safe environments in every football setting is a collective responsibility. It’s really important that every single person in football – no matter if they’re actively involved or on the sidelines – understands that they have an ongoing role to play. Knowing how to act on any concerns is vital and Play Safe is a key way to raise awareness so that everyone is vigilant and knows what to do if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour.”

This year’s Play Safe weekend focuses on the safeguarding role everyone has to play – coach, player, parent/carer, spectator or volunteer – to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting. Everyone, everywhere, everytime is encouraged to watch, listen, talk and act if they have any safeguarding concerns.

Captain’s armbands will also be worn at various levels of the game over the weekend, including during our match against Southampton and various youth team matches. Whilst head coaches and managers throughout the Leeds United Academy are also being asked to wear Play Safe pin badges to show their support.

This campaign is all part of football in England uniting to create an ever-safer culture across the game at every level.

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