At Welland Valley, we aim to provide a fun, enjoyable and most of all SAFE footballing environment; for all of our young people, friends, teammates, families and visitors. A part of this is to make the reporting of issues and concerns as easy and open as possible.

If you have any issues whatsoever, please feel free to speak to your team coach, the club welfare officer or a member of our club officials, all of whom have been trained in the current safeguarding procedures and best practice guidance. All of these people can help to support you and can also point you in the right direction to find additional support.

You can speak to your Club Welfare Officer – Michael Hardinges on 07791 421999 or

Depending on your query or issue there are other external services available to speak to, to either report concerns or abuse, or maybe just for further advice.

The safeguarding page

This is the main FA page for general safeguarding in football, information and advice. Please click HERE

Northants FA – Safeguarding information for Under 18’s

Specific safeguarding information dedicated to young players can be found on the Northamptonshire FA – Kids Zone web page. This page can be found HERE

The County Welfare officer

If you cannot get hold of the club welfare officer or you feel that your concern has not been handled adequately by the club, the county welfare officer is there to help.

Raffi Coverdale – Designated Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07535 640452

Raffi Coverdale – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Raffi is the first person you would ask for at the County FA if you had any worries or troubles. She is here to make sure the clubs and leagues that you play in know how to allow you to have the best time possible!

Luke Scott  – Deputy Safeguarding Officer
Luke works closely with Raffi and supports her daily. When she is not available, Luke steps in. You can be assured that there is always someone available. Luke is also the Workforce Development Officer so is there for any issues you may have whilst refereeing that you’re not comfortable with.

You can call 07535 640452 or email if you have ANY worries. You can also speak to your Club Welfare Officer – Michael Hardinges on 07791 421999 or




CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

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If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at

Click the link for more information Help for adults concerned about a child
Call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

Mental Health Support

Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Everybody, at some point in their life may feel like life is getting a bit too much to deal with, so please don’t feel like you are alone, or that you have to struggle in silence – help is available from many different places and support and advice is available for any concern that you may have.

Issues and concerns can arise from many different factors in life, such as exam stress, grief and loss, loneliness, bullying, feelings of insecurity and many others. So whatever is on your mind, it can help to speak to somebody about your feelings.

The FA have teamed up with Kooth for children and young people. Kooth is an online digital support network that is free, safe and anonymous. For more information please see the video below or visit their website by clicking on the link.

Useful links to other mental health support information can be found below.

  • YOUNG MINDS provides information, advice and training for young people, parents, carers and professionals.
  • ANXIETY UK supports anyone with anxiety, phobias, panic attacks or other anxiety-related disorders. Tel: 03444 775 774 or text 07537 416 905
  • MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health issue. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 0300 123 3393
  • SAMARITANS offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. 116 123
  • STUDENTS AGAINST DEPRESSION is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
  • SELFHARM UK exist in order to support and nurture young people who may be experiencing difficulties with self-harm.
  • THE PRINCES TRUST Support young people in many different ways, they also have a longer list of support organisations on their website.

You can speak to your Club Welfare Officer – Michael Hardinges on 07791 421999 or