Club Welfare Officer (CWO)
My name is Mark Winsor and I am the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) for AFC Shortlands. I sit of the club’s committee and am responsible for ensuring the welfare and safeguarding needs of our players, coaching staff and club officials are met and the club has the appropriate policies and procedures in place designed to minimise the risks associated with working with young people and create a safe and fun environment where they can enjoy playing football.
It is important that everyone connected with AFC Shortlands knows who I am and how to contact me should they need to. It is particularly important that our players know that they can come and speak to me in confidence if they are worried, frightened or concerned about anything they might see, hear or experience.
If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of any of our players, parents, match-day officials, coaching staff and club officials, or if you wish to report an incident involving the same (from our own or other clubs), please do not hesitate to contact me in confidence.
My contact details are below or I am usually around at training on Saturday mornings and some match-days at the Tangerena! My son, Archie plays for the U6’s
The FA’s RESPECT policy
The conduct of our players, parents, supporters, coaching staff and club officials is something we take very seriously. RESPECT is The Football Association's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field. Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season.
RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the sidelines and on the pitch. It's a long-term commitment. The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood, taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters.
The conduct of our players, parents, supporters, coaching staff and club officials is something we take very seriously. We have adopted the FA’s RESPECT codes of conduct which outline what we expect from our players, parents and club officials.
Please take time to read our RESPECT codes of conduct which you can download