Join in the second national silent support weekend
The Silent Support Weekend will return in February 2023, giving another opportunity for our players to do the talking, with parents and supporters showing their support from the sidelines through applause only.
Last November, Thurlby Tigers FC participated in the first national pilot of the Silent Support Weekend with the aim being to allow youth players to explore their own game, find their voice and take control of the game.
The FA are putting a second weekend on across 25-26 February 2023, to hear from our youth players and find out how to make the game better for them so they can improve as players and a team.
They received feedback from over 3000 people who participated last time around and have taken that on board to tailor their next Silent Support Weekend.
This time coaches will be permitted to coach throughout the match, with parents and supporters showing their backing from the sidelines through applause only.
This allows players to not only step up, but feel they can get support from their coach if they need too.
Following the first Silent Support Weekend with clubs and leagues across England, below are some of the reactions from the young players:
“It was good as we got to make the decisions not our coach, not our parents, just the team.”
“I think as a team we don’t really talk enough. We got a bit better in the second half but it’s something I think we need to work on.”
“I play better, when nobody shouts at me.”
“It can get confusing when lots of people are telling you what to do.”
However, they did miss the support and guidance from their coach.
Overall, the benefits on player development are clear, it helps them to talk between players and support their teammates.
Less outside influence gave them more independence and the chance to practice key skills without instruction. It allows the players to identify areas for development and explore new tactics on the pitch, which all supports their own development of critical thinking and their playing journey.
By signing up to February’s Silent Support Weekend, we can help the FA continue to make our youth football the best place to play the beautiful game.