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U's Back Anti-Bullying Week

18 November 2013

Club team up with the County FA.

Colchester United FC and the Essex County FA have teamed-up to support Anti-Bullying Week - which takes places this year from 18th-22nd November - and prizes including a matchday experience and a replica shirt are up for grabs as part of a Twitter competition using the hashtag #BullyFreeEssex.

Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event and this year’s theme - Safe, Fun and Connected - calls on children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying, using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyberbullying. The objectives of the week are:

- to ensure all children and young people are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviour wherever it happens - whether face-to-face or in cyberspace. 
- to equip schools, colleges and youth service leaders with resources to encourage youth led anti-bullying initiatives and the positive use of new technologies.
- to educate those who support and work with children to recognise those who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying through new technologies - encouraging an inclusive approach to all e-safety education.

Bullying has many different forms, more commonly experienced through either mobile phones or the Internet.

For some, unfortunately, bullying is a major issue, affecting their lifestyle in many ways. It can leave young people and children feeling isolated. The Essex County FA are fortunate to have a qualified workforce of volunteer Welfare Officers, who have been trained to deal with safeguarding issues, including bullying.

Further information is available from the Anti-Bullying Alliance atwww.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk, while the BeatBully website atwww.beatbullying.orgcontains resources for those working directly with children and young people.

For details on all aspects of grassroots football in Essex, visitwww.essexfa.com, follow@EssexCountyFAon Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

Win Match Tickets or a Replica Shirt!
They need to know who to speak to for support. Let’s start some conversations about the subject through this Twitter competition using the hashtag #BullyFreeEssex during Anti-Bullying Week.

Everyone should have an understanding of bullying so they can spot if a member of their team is behaving differently.

We encourage and value the responses of all children and young people under the age of 18 who participate in the wonderful game. So, to win some excellent prizes, we’d like some tweets which complete the following sentence (don’t forget the hashtag):

We want a #BullyFreeEssex because...

The two best tweets - as judged by Essex County FA Welfare Officer, Helen Hever - will receive a set of family tickets (two adults, two children) to a Colchester United home game, with the chance to meet the players after the game.

Please state your age at the end of the tweet. All entries by 5:00pm on Sunday 24th November will be entered into a competition.

There is an additional third prize of a voucher for a football shirt of your choice. Plus, if you include the name of the Essex team you’re involved in, you’ll receive a number of #BullyFreeEssex wristbands for you and your team as well!

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