Darwen Rangers Junior Football Club

It’s very important that all adults involved in Junior football set appropriate personal standards of behaviour.

Parents/Carers are by far the most influential adults in the lives of young people. Your kids are observing everything you do from a very early age. Here is a short video that demonstrates the impact that your behaviour can have on the kids.


Youth football is fantastic opportunity for your kids to develop skills beyond football, skills that will serve them well in later life. We want to provide a positive environment for this development.

The FA Respect Code of Conduct represents a basis for you, as parents/carers, to play your part in generating and maintaining a competitive, sporting environment. We acknowledge the influence of the FA Respect Code in this charter.

This Charter is not about the Club trying to impose rules for the sake of it. We are very much aware that football is a competitive sport and we do not want to see this removed. No-one is perfect and in a competitive environment things can get heated.

So this Charter is intended to set a standard that we can all to aspire to– we will not impose a zero tolerance policy but we do expect people to agree to this standard of behaviour as a target. We will take action if we identify people consistently falling short of the standard.

So here are the things we want you to agree to as a parent/carer of a Darwen Rangers Player.


  • I will LET THEM PLAY
  • I will remember that children play football for FUN
  • I will ensure that my children turn up for training regularly and ensure I am there before the end of the session to pick them up. Whenever possible I will stay for the training session
  • I will ensure that my children are appropriately dressed and that shin guards are worn in all games and training sessions. No jewelry of any kind should be worn on a football field.
  • If my children need medication (e.g.) Asthma inhalers I will make sure they have them at all sessions
  • I will refrain from using inappropriate language in all situations

On Match Days;

  • We will arrive on at the time requested by the coach to allow for warm up and stretching routines
  • I will remain behind the RESPECT barrier or in the designated viewing areas. I will not stand behind the goals. I will never enter the field of play unless asked to do so by the Referee or team Coach
  • Effort, good play and success all deserve applause. I will show appreciation of these both teams during matches. This is the single easiest thing you can do to improve the environment on match days
  • I will not coach from the touchline
  • I will encourage my children to respect the opposition, referee and match Pre and post match handshakes are always appropriate
  • I will support positively and offer players encouragement not criticism
  • I will under no circumstances ever engage with another player before, during or after a game. The game is controlled by the Referee and Coaches and any dialog between an adult and a player is unacceptable
  • If I feel I need to approach the coach I will not do this immediately before or after the game. It’s best to wait 24 hours and then make an arrangement to meet privately or speak on the phone
  • I will never post scores on social media, no matter how many we have won by

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken. I may be:

  • Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
  • Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer
  • Required to meet with the club committee
  • Asked to undertake an FA education course
  • Asked to leave the match venue
  • Requested by the club not to attend future games
  • Required to leave the club


  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club

By registering your child with Darwen Rangers JFC , you as a parent/carer agree to abide by the above Codes of Conduct and accept that any breach of the Darwen Rangers JFC Codes of Conduct could result in action being taken by the club as outlined above.