A Message from our Club Welfare Officer


We take the Safeguarding of all our members very seriously here at Abbeymead Rovers Football Club and are constantly looking at and reviewing our procedures to ensure the absolute safety of players during their time with us.

We want the experience of playing, coaching and watching football at ARFC to be a happy and enjoyable one and work hard to ensure this. We have adopted the FA Code of Conduct and we do insist that this is adhered to.

This season we are introducing free kit for all our Coaches and Coaching Assistants. This way the adults working with teams are easily identifiable and can be seen to have completed the required dbs checks and necessary 1st Aid and Safeguarding training. No one should be seen to be taking or assisting with a team that is not wearing official Abbeymead kit. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact me directly.

We have also looked at photography and do not allow photography or filming to take place without permission having been sought first, whether that be from our own parents, the referee or the opposition during matches via their coach. Please download Photographing Filming Children Policy (.pdf 778kb) for further guidance.

We have also adopted the FA ‘Smoke Free Sidelines’ and would ask you all to support us by not smoking or vaping whilst watching any Abbeymead team.

Whilst we were all shut down due to the pandemic, three of us were working towards Mental Health Qualifications and I am delighted to say we now have two qualified Mental Health First Aiders, and a Mental Health Aware certificate holder. The Mental Health First Aiders are myself and Matt Lavis, who sits on the Management Committee as the non competitive football rep; coaches the U11 Kestrels and fills in for any team without a coach for whatever reason. He can be contacted on 07718 233444 or lavis96@hotmail.co.uk

Wayne Aylmer, Management Committee member and coach for the U13 Twisters holds the Mental Health Aware Certificate and can be contacted on 07722 915961 or wayner1212@gmail.com. Please use us if you think we can help with any Mental Health concern or issue.

Please visit our 'Safeguarding' page to read it in its entirety. It has several resources that you can access whether you are a coach, an assistant coach, a committee member, a spectator or a parent/guardian. Please keep it and refer to it whenever you feel you need to.

Good luck the coming season and enjoy it. But please remember that Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults - whether they are players, spectators or referees - are the responsibility of all adults, whether they are Coaches, Assistant Coaches, parents/guardians, spectators, Committee Members, Referees, or the FA.


Sallie Lavis
Club Welfare Officer
Abbeymead Rovers FC

Email: welfare@abbeymeadroversfc.com

Tel: 07433 417693

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