Parents told to be quiet during Silent Week

Carnforth Rangers Reds U13's.
Carnforth Rangers Reds U13's.

Parents across the district were told to keep quiet on the sidelines over the weekend as part of a new football initiative.

Teams in both Lancaster and Morecambe Service to Youth and Lune and District Junior Football Leagues took part in the Lancashire Football Association’s Silent Weekend which asked mums, dads and coaches to refrain from shouting at young players.

The idea of allowing the kids to simply get on and play without pressure from the touchline received national acclaim for trying to change attitudes and behaviour in youth football.

Tony Holmes, under 13s coach at Carnforth Rangers who took part, said: “The idea was to try and get the kids to express themselves and some did come out of their shell more.

“It takes some of the pressure off because you hear stories about it being more about the parents but it’s about the kids.”

LFA County Welfare Officer Neil Yates said: “The majority of clubs in Lancaster and Morecambe’s two youth leagues signed up.

“We’re after coaches not commentators.

“Parents were allowed to cheer and clap but apart from that it was quiet conversation.

“Often if they’re shouting the players get mixed messages.

“The kids like a bit of noise but don’t want people shouting at them.”