Our colleagues at Kent FA have over 5,000 coaches providing football to over 60,000 young players. While the majority of these volunteers create a safe, fun and inclusive environment, too many young people have stories of negative experiences and this is the same all across the country.
Following months of discussions with children and young people about their game, one comment was persistent throughout - “I wish our coaches would just let us play.”
Kent FA gave nine randomly selected children from across the county, of varying ages, the opportunity to speak openly about their best and worst times playing in youth football. Below is the resulting video which carries a powerful and emotive message about letting children and young people in football just play.