Club Welfare Officer

AFC Walcountians is committed to ensuring the club has the correct processes and procedures in place to ensure children and adults are able to take part in football in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment.

The FA have a simple three part approach to help everyone…

These are:

  • Getting the right people involved – carrying out references and CRC checks
  • Creating a safe environment – codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures

Getting the right people involved

The Welfare Officer is involved in the recruitment process when we have appointed a new Coach. AFC Walcountians has a policy where all new volunteers/coaches have to interview and an FA CRC disclosure process before they become involved with coaching children and/or vulnerable adults. All of our existing Managers, Coaches or Assistant and Managers have valid FA CRC certificates.

Creating a safe environment

AFC Walcountians Managers, coaches have attended Safeguarding Children Training, 1st Aid and have a Coaching Qualification before coaching children and/or vulnerable adults. We have risk assessments, Best Practice and policies in place that our Managers, coaches and/or Assistant Managers follow.

Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures

All coaches, Managers, parents and players can find the Club Welfare Officer’s telephone number on the bottom of this page.  In addition, the Club’s Welfare Officer telephone number and respective FA/NSPCC Helpline numbers are on display at the entrance to the clubhouse so everyone has access to the information.

AFC Walcountians Welfare Officer – Paul Marsh

T: 01737 351296

M: 07752 082398




Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA’s safeguarding team, or via email on

Alternatively you can go direct the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing