Anti-Bullying Week 2014

The Surrey FA and children’s charity NSPCC have joined forces to support Anti Bullying Week 2014, which runs from 17 – 21 November.

Over this period, with support from The FA Skills team, children, young people, schools, parents and carers will come together with one aim – to stop bullying for all.

Anti-Bullying Week was launched in Surrey thanks to the help of children at St. Andrews School in Cobham, with over 100 youngsters from Years 3 to 6 helping to spell out the key aim of the initiative – no bullying (pictured).

This year there will be a special focus on disability football, and the Surrey FA and the NSPCC will be running several events to highlight the importance of inclusion across the football spectrum.

Research tells us that these children, of which many engage within football in Surrey, are significantly more likely to experience bullying than those who are not disabled and don’t have a special education need. Please watch this short video for more information on this.

The Surrey FA Football For All PAN Disability League will be asking their players to create a banner emphasising the significance of Anti-Bullying week – with the winning entry getting digitally enhanced and enlarged and displayed at events throughout the season.

Further events during the week will include:

– EBD (Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties) Futsal tournament at Surrey Sports Park (Tues 18th, 11.30am to 3.30pm)
– PAN Disability Girls’ 4v4 festival at Woking leisure Centre (Thursday 20th November, 10am to 1pm)

Katherine Potter, NSPCC community fundraising manager said: “We are delighted that Surrey FA are supporting the NSPCC and anti-bullying week and are looking forward to working together to help change local children’s lives.”