FA figure hails Suffolk’s Silent Weekend

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A leading Football Association figure has described Suffolk FA’s Silent weekend as a “brilliant initiative”.

An estimated 500 teams featured during the Silent Weekend, which encourages coaches and parents to create a positive playing environment for the players, allowing them to play and make decisions and come to conclusions of their own accord.

Nick Robinson, who is the FA’s Rules and Sanctions Committee chairman, visited Bury St Edmunds-based Sporting 87 as the second event of its kind took place in the county.

“It’s great to hear about Silent Weekend and see it in action,” said Robinson.

“It’s a brilliant initiative and I would like to see it spread across the sport, not just in Suffolk.”

The weekend, which was sponsored by Total Football, saw teams from Under-7 level all the way up to adults participate.

Suffolk FA’s Football Development administrator Mike Phillips, who organised the event, said: “The whole weekend was brilliant.

“I was once again amazed by some of the skills and decisions made, some by players who are Under-7s.

“The managers and parents really bought into the whole weekend as well, which was great to see.

“I hope all the clubs who took part took something from the weekend, and give their players more opportunity to explore their game throughout the rest of the season.”