I’ve been the Welfare Officer at Stonnall Juniors FC since the AGM in September 2015. My older son plays in the Sporting Stonnall U10s team and the team is ably coached by his dad Shaun. Our younger son plays for another team in the Walsall league so we are a complete footballing family. My background is in Children’s Social Work so I have a good understanding of Safeguarding Children and their Welfare. I am planning to come along to Stonnall Phoenix U12s and Stonnall Juniors U10s matches in the next couple of weeks to say hello to those I have yet to meet.
The role of the Welfare Officer in youth football is to ensure that all children involved in football stay safe and happy whilst enjoying playing the game. We have decided to put the Safeguarding and Respect policies and procedures as well as other relevant information on to the Welfare section of the club website so that it is accessible to all who are involved in the club. Please take some time to look at the information and discuss and share with your child where necessary. Hopefully the information will act as a reference point for you if it is ever needed in the future.