Cumberland Football


Information for Youth Football and Open Age (Adult) Football

Following the Government’s announcement regarding the planned return of grassroots football for adults and children, it is important that safeguarding remains at the core of everything that takes place across Cumberland football.

With no football currently being played, now is the perfect time to ensure that you and your club is ready for when football returns.

Here is a check list to be ready for the return:


To review your safeguarding policies and processes and make sure that everything is in place and up to date
To communicate important safeguarding messages to your members
To make sure that any social media channels you have are also up to date

Coaches & volunteers

To ensure that your safeguarding training is up to date. You can check the status of your qualifications within the Whole Game System or contact your Club Welfare Officer. 

If you can renew on line, do so and if you are not able to, keep an eye out for further communications from Cumberland FA on this in the coming weeks. There is also the Safeguarding for All course available online. 

Go To The FA’s online safeguarding courses 

To check out the latest safeguarding information on
To make sure that you are familiar with your Clubs Safeguarding policies and procedures

To ensure that you are aware of the safeguarding procedures for the Club(s) that your child(ren) play at. For example, do you know who your Club’s Welfare Officer is and how to contact them?

• To check out the latest safeguarding information on


 Young Players

To visit the Under 18 Corner on which is designed specifically for young players and officials including lots of information on how to stay safe in football.

Open Age (Adult) Football

Whilst the focus of safeguarding is often seen to be on youth football, it is equally as important that 16 and 17 year old footballers feel safe whilst taking part in the open age (adult) game and that Clubs take responsibility for the safeguarding of any young players that they have.

Open Age (Adult) Club’s should recall various communications that they received in the early part of 2020 with regards to their safeguarding responsibilities for both under 18s and also adults in disability football.

Whilst COVID-19 meant that some of the next steps were put on hold, further information will be coming out to Clubs shortly regarding this for the 2021-22 season.

In the meantime, all Clubs should:
Ensure that the information regarding their Club is up to date on the Whole Game System and the names of all Managers / Coaches are recorded against the team(s) that they are involved in
Ensure that you have your safeguarding policy in place.  Information of what this should include can be found here 
Ensure that the Know Your Rights in Football document is shared with any 16 and 17 year old players at the Club
Check out the latest safeguarding information on CumberlandFAcom

Safeguarding Policy for Clubs with 16/17 year old players

 Know Your Rights_16_17 year olds

If you have any questions at any time regarding safeguarding in Cumberland Football, please contact the team at Cumberland FA,

Visit the Safeguarding & Welfare page on

Cumberland FA's Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mel Sandwith and can be contacted on 01900 511 800 (Option 1 and then Option 1) or via email

Visit the Whole Game System