Football Development Schools Information

Football Development Schools Safeguarding Procedures

Suspected Abuse

All FDS coaching staff must be aware of the relevant procedures outlined in Child Protection Workshops regarding suspected abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, bullying, self harm), and the appropriate channels for reporting suspected abuse.

Session Delivery

Key Safeguarding Values:

  • Place the well-being and learning of pupils at the centre of the sessions
  • Have high expectations of all children regardless of background or personal circumstances
  • Treat individuals with fairness and respect, valuing diversity and individuality
  • Be a good role model demonstrating the qualities that you are preaching i.e. enthusiasm, respect, honesty, fairness, tolerance, patience and care
  • Encourage reflective learning through briefing and debriefing


Agree with the individual school where the pupils will be getting changed and where they are required to meet you.  This varies greatly from school to school.  As soon as a child registers with you they become your responsibility, whether they are taking part in the session, going for a drink or going to the toilet.


Demonstrate key safeguarding values.  Ensure session is run with safety as a primary concern (see F.A coaching course training handbook).

Toilet Breaks

Structure these into the session to ensure children are able to go in groups, and therefore cause minimum disruption to the session, and ensure no child is going to the toilet without an adult present.

Drinks Breaks

These are to be incorporated at regular intervals to enable rehydration and allow the group to have a drink break as a whole to enable the group to be easily managed.


At the end of the session children need to be reminded of what they have done during the session, reminded to remember all equipment and deregistered, as they are collected.  Any children who are not collected on time need to be taken into school, where an appropriate member of staff is to be informed.  If you are the adult in charge, you are to maintain the welfare of the child in accordance with best practice as outlined in Child Protection training (for details and further information please refer to FA Coaching Course handbook).

Football Development Schools Medical Procedures

During coaching sessions there are a number of things that your FA Emergency Aid course will have prepared you for.  Detailed below are the medical procedures, which need to be followed in the case of a suspected injury.

Contact or Non Contact Injury – SALTAPS

S: STOP play/SEE incident. If the player has gone down injured get there as quickly as you can.

A: ASK the player (unless unconscious, if the injury is serious ensure that you follow the emergency first aid procedures) what happened. Remember, as detailed a history as possible will be important. Be aware of facial expression, posture adopted etc as this may indicate the degree of pain (and hence the severity of injury). Is the player talking sensibly?

L: LOOK at the specific limb. Be vigilant for obvious signs e.g. bleeding, discolouration / bruising, immediate swelling, bone / joint deformity, muscle spasm.

T: TOUCH the injury site only if the athlete will let you. (Again this can indicate just how serious the injury may be.) Palpate gently to find the site of pain note the athletes response. Do not be sadistic in your handling.

A: ACTIVE movement: can the athlete move the limb painlessly through the full range of movement?

P: PASSIVE movement: Only if ACTIVE above applies attempt to move the joint to the end of its range and note the response.

S: STRENGTH testing – If the player is not going to continue the game or training, there is no need for strength testing. If the signs are good, the coach resists the action of muscles working over the injured part. All movements available are tested and, again the coach checks for pain or discomfort through facial expression and questioning.

If the player passes through the first seven areas covered by SALTAPS assessment, they are then helped into a standing position for applicable weight bearing functional tests. For a minor ankle injury, for example, he could progress through these steps:

• Assisted Standing & standing unaided
• Walking forward unaided
• Jogging on the spot, forward (straight line) & backwards
• Quarter pace running, half paced running, three-quarter paced running
• Stopping and starting & full-pace sprinting
• Side-to-side running (zigzag, figure of eight)

The latter test is important to stress the ankle/knee ligaments.

Ensure that the incident is recorded in the incident sheet provided and also ensure that the school and parent are informed of the incident.

Emergency first aid

If there has been an accident and someone is injured and you suspect it may be serious enough to render him or her unconscious.

Check your surroundings

Only when you’re sure it’s safe should you take action and commence first aid.

First steps

Turn your attention to the accident victim. Before anything else it’s vital you find out if they are conscious:

  • Speaking loudly and clearly, ask the casualty if they can hear you, and to explain what has happened;
  • If they don’t answer, ask them to open their eyes. This helps identify those people who are alert but may be unable to talk;
  • If there is no response, very gently shake the person’s shoulders, and look carefully for any signs of life;
  • If the patient is unconscious, ensure that you or a nearby teacher or parent calls 999 for an ambulance.

While you wait for help to arrive, it’s up to you to keep the person alive. It’s now time to check the golden ‘ABC’ of first aid – ‘Airway’, ‘Breathing’ and ‘Circulation’.

‘A’ is for Airway

A blocked airway can quickly lead to suffocation, and possibly death. After any accident there could be a foreign object in their mouth, or the victim may swallow their tongue. Check inside their mouth, and remove anything that shouldn’t be there. Place one hand on their forehead, and gently tilt the head back, whilst lifting the chin up with the tips of two fingers on your other hand – this reduces the risk of them swallowing their tongue.

‘B’ is for Breathing

Even with an open airway, the victim may have stopped breathing. Check for breathing by placing your head over the victim’s face so your cheek hovers above their mouth and your eyes look down at their chest – is it moving up and down taking breaths? Feel for any breaths against your cheeks, and listen for any breath sounds.

What you do next depends on whether they’re breathing or not.

If the victim is not breathing, you need to give them two rescue breaths:

  • Pinch the person’s nose, take a deep breath and seal your lips around their mouth. Blow into their mouth, and look to make sure their chest rises and falls;
  • Now check their pulse. If there is no pulse, you should commence CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). If they have a pulse, give regular rescue breaths, one every five seconds, checking the pulse every minute.

If the victim is breathing, as long as you feel there are no other serious injuries (particularly to the head or neck), you should place them in the recovery position:

  • Roll the victim onto their side.
  • Lift their chin forward to maintain an open airway, then place their hand underneath their cheek.

In this position they should not be able to roll forwards or backwards. Keep an eye on their breathing and pulse until help arrives.

‘C’ is for Circulation

A qualified first aider only should perform CPR. The aim is to breathe for the victim, whilst pumping blood around their body to keep them alive. CPR and rescue breathing techniques are performed differently in adults, infants and children, and guidelines change frequently. In an adult:

  • Place the heel of one hand in the centre of the chest. Position your other hand on top, and lock the fingers of both hands.
  • Keeping your arms straight, press down about 5cm. This is one chest compression.
  • You should perform 30 chest compressions at a rate of 100 a minute, trying to pump blood around the body.
  • Following this, give two rescue breaths. This cycle of 30 compressions and two breaths should be repeated until help arrives.

Ensure that the incident is recorded in the incident sheet provided and also ensure that the school and parent are informed of the incident.

Football Development Schools Child Protection Policy

1.  Football Development Schools acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.  A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to

The Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.

2 The key principles of The FA child protection policy are that:

• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration

• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation

• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.  Football Development Schools recognises that this is the responsibility of every coach involved in our organisation.

3 Football Development Schools has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s child protection regulation (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official helper on club tours, football coach, and club official or medical staff.

4 We endorse and adopt The FA’s child protection and best practice guidelines for recruiting coaches and will:

• Develop a role profile

• Request identification documents

• As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing

• Request and follow up with two references before appointing

• Require a Football Development Schools Enhanced CRB disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines.

All current Football Development Schools coaches and assistants with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The Football Development Schools in house CRB process.

If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Football Development Schools, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that Football Development Schools will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the Football Development Schools Enhanced CRB Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimize the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.

5 Football Development Schools supports The FA’s whistle blowing policy.  Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Child Protection Manager on 0207 745 4771, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police, social services or the NSPCC.  Football Development Schools encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.

6 Football Development Schools has appointed a Child Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the child protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by The FA.  The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

7 We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club.  If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.  Incidents need to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA CPO.

8 Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Football Development Schools.  In order to validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions, which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.

9 Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:

• The County Football Association’s Child

Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the

County Handbook

• The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection
• 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
• The FA child protection team 0207 745 4649

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Football Development Schools uses and protects any information that you give Football Development Schools when you use this website.

Football Development Schools is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Football Development Schools may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from March 1st 2012.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Football Development Schools, 11-15 Coventry Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9BX, UK.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Delivery Policy – Football Development Schools will always try to get all orders to customers at the session following the order. However, this may not always be possible, for reasons such as:

Products on Pre-Order or out of stock
Products that are not in stock at the time of ordering will be delivered at the next session after they have arrived with Football Development Schools

Our Suppliers

If a product is in extremely high demand we may need to re-order it from our suppliers.  If there is any problem fulfilling your order we will contact you immediately.

Returns Policy – If a garment is the wrong size, we will exchange it providing all tags remain intact and the garment is in appropriate ‘unworn’ condition.  If a garment is deemed to be deficient in quality, we will replace this item with an exact replacement.  Please be advised of the washing guidelines for all garments.  In the event that the washing guidelines have not been followed, a replacement will be refused.

Refund Policy – At Football Development Schools we want you to be delighted with every purchase you make. However, it is important that you retain your receipt. If you change your mind and wish to cancel a place on a course that has yet to start, simply call F.D.S 01858 461166 within 7 days of purchase and we will refund you in full via the original payment method used  (Football Development Schools charge £5 per cancellation). Please ensure that you retain your activation card, as this will be required in order to process your refund.

Cancellation Policy – Football Development Schools reserves the right to cancel courses up to 48 hours prior to the commencement of a new course.  Football Development Schools also reserves the right to cancel an on-going course at up to 48 hours’ notice, prior to the following session.  Where possible an alternative course will be offered.  All cancellations, in the event of an alternative not being available, will result in a refund in full within 30 days.

Terms and Conditions

Personal Property

FDS cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any personal belongings whilst attending an FDS event.  Please ensure that no valuables are taken to the venue by your children.

Health & Safety

A full risk assessment will be carried out before any activity takes place at a new venue. FDS coaches hold a current emergency aid certificate issued by an appropriate body.  It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure appropriate clothing is worn and/or available for their child for the activity provided and weather conditions.

Medical information

Any medical conditions that participant may have must be fully disclosed (1) at the time of booking in writing to FDS at registration and (2) to the lead coach on the camp or at the venue.


FDS only accepts liability for personal injury or death of any participant attending an FDS activity directly caused by its negligence or negligence of its staff.

Programme and Coaching Session Changes

In the event that FDS has to cancel an event or a session under our control, a full refund will be issued to the person who booked, no written request is required.

In the event of circumstances beyond our control, for example school and venue closures, a refund will not be issued.


Payments are made monthly. We take payment automatically on the 1st of every month.  Failed payments or arrears may incur added costs.

If any players need to leave the development centre for any reason, we would require 1 calendar months notice in order to cancel future payments. We will only act upon written confirmation via email to  Your confirmation to withdrawal from the membership will need to reach us before the 10th of the month for no further payments to be taken.  If you notify us after the 10th of the month then the next months payment will be taken. 

Tours and Trips

Each tour and trip carries it’s own terms and conditions based on the individual organisation of said trip/tour.  Please refer to individual invitation letters for this information.

Do FDS accept child care vouchers?

Unfortunately we are not a registered child care facility so cannot accept child care vouchers of any type.

Can I pay on the day?

Payment on the day is accepted in certain circumstances, however, we recommend that you pay prior to the event as we cannot guarantee your child’s place if maximum numbers have already been achieved.