How we can all help our sport improve its behaviour

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WaiBOP Football’s chief executive Mark Christie has written to all clubs in the region, urging them to look for ways to improve behaviour on and off the pitch.

His letter warns there has been “a dramatic escalation with a variety of behaviour issues across all levels of competition; this includes abuse of referees, poor sideline behaviour from coaches, parents and supporters, parent vs parent and parents vs kids.

“Our tolerance level seems to have gone up a notch with this type of behaviour becoming more acceptable.

“We need to try harder … “

The committee of Cambridge FC supports WaiBOP Football’s call for improvement and urges club members, players, supporters and parents of junior players to all support this initiative.

At senior level, our club appears to have a reasonable disciplinary record on the pitch this season, with yellow and red cards down on past years.

That’s no reason to be complacent.

It’s up to every player, every spectator and every coach/team manager to be on their guard.

We can help improve behaviour on the pitch and on the sidelines just by reminding our club colleagues to “take a breath.”

If someone on the sidelines is getting carried away, it’s our choice whether we cringe and let them continue, or whether we ask them to tone things down.

Thanks for helping.