Harry Kane and Steph Houghton have penned open letters to parents and spectators of youth football, as they help to launch the FA’s ‘Pledge for Positivity’.
The FA has launched the Pledge of Positivity, encouraging those on the side-lines to support all players involved and respect referees, coaches and other spectators.
It comes following a recent survey which found 88 percent of over 1,000 grassroots participants cited parents as a driving force behind the levels of disrespect in grassroots football.
The England captains are the first two people to sign up to the pledge, based on The FA’s RESPECT behavioural code of conduct which seeks to improve behavioural standards in football, creating a more positive environment at matches across the country.
Kane and Houghton have also penned a joint letter to parents and spectators painted into the touchlines at their childhood clubs: Harry Kane’s Ridgeway Rovers, in Essex and Steph Houghton’s Boldon Girls, in South Shields.