Type of activity: Monitoring programme on parents’ behaviour at matches.
Target group: Parents.
Topic addressed: Violence and aggressive behaviour.
Values created: Fairplay, tolerance and dialogue.
Project impact: As a result of this initiative, parents now are more aware of the impacts their behaviours around the pitch have on the children who play the game. There is also the realisation of what is beneficial for the kid’s personal development, on and off the pitch.
Parent Fair Play is an Belgium Football Association initiative implemented by clubs, including AS Eupen VoG, to tackle verbal and physical violence at grassroots football.
At every match each team assigns a parent who will operate as the designated Parent Fair Play representative and whose role is to observe if the parents adhere to the fairplay rules and intervene and mediate any situation of conflict.
Representatives remind parents of the rules and aim to maintain a calm and peaceful environment.
The characteristics of a Parent Fair Play:
- Someone who is regularly present at matches
- Someone who can act as moderator around the pitch
“You feel the atmosphere around the pitch and you know immediately, this club is part of the Parent Fair Play programme. Everything is much calmer.” Gishlain Hamoir, coordinator Parents Fair Play at AS Eupen.
“It is necessary. I see a lot of matches and what you often see and experience is not what football and sport should look like. When the club has a Parent Fair Play representative, it is how I would want my kids to get in touch with sports.” Gishlain Hamoir, coordinator Parents Fair Play at AS Eupen.
- Fight against aggressive behaviour within the football fields
- Establish a climate of mutual respect among clubs
- Accountability of all players in the club with a particular focus on the parents
AS Eupen VoG is a foundation based in Belgium with the aim to develop young football talents from all social and ethnic backgrounds, while strengthening social interaction between different people from different social and ethnic backgrounds and to develop self-responsible lifelong learners.