Suffolk football sides set for Silent Weekend

Suffolk FA Silent Weekend organiser Mike Phillips, second right, with Total Football Staff, left to

Suffolk FA Silent Weekend organiser Mike Phillips, second right, with Total Football Staff, left to right, Tamsin Beresford, Karen Cornforth, Nigel Woollard and Ian Cornforth launching Silent Weekend - Credit: Archant

More than 500 teams will be helping create positive match-day environments as Suffolk FA stage their Silent Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

Now in its third year, Silent Weekend, sponsored by Total Football, gives players the chance to show their flair and passion for the game, without direct instruction from coaches or parents.

Suffolk FA Education and Project Officer Mike Phillips, who is leading the event, said: “The support from clubs so far has been excellent; when talking to clubs who haven’t signed up the response is one of surprise that they are yet to sign up. It’s good to know many clubs and leagues expect to be part of these events each season.”

There are also three 4v4 festivals taking place at Ipswich Town FC, Haverhill Rovers and Thurston helping create a positive match-day environment for those just starting on their football, and possibly coaching journeys.

Suffolk FA will again be running a Twitter photograph competition, with clubs encouraged to post their submissions on Twitter using one of the hashtags #OneClearVoice #SW2017 #PlayerOwnership #RespectForAll

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The best three photographs will win a Suffolk FA learning voucher to the value of £100, £50 and £25 respectively.

Ian Cornforth, who owns Total Football in Ipswich with wife Karen, said: “Total Football are delighted to sponsor the Suffolk FA’s third Silent Weekend. We are proud to support such a great initiative which creates a positive environment for all players of all levels.

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“After the success of previous weekends, we believe this is now a must in the local football calendar and after many conversations with local clubs we know that the players have greatly benefited from this weekend.

“The ethos of allowing players to take more ownership in matches throughout the county seems to be increasing and that can only have a positive outcome.

“We hope this weekend will continue to encourage the managers and parents to allow the children to make their own decisions and think for themselves.” Any teams who have not yet done so but wish to take part, can still sign up via the Suffolk FA website.

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