Ross Barkley is among a group of England players from the men’s, women’s and disability football teams to feature in a new video which has been released to support 21 Days of Positivity, as part of The FA’s ‘We Only Do Positive’ Respect campaign.
The FA’s Respect campaign seeks to improve touchline and on-pitch behaviour in youth football across the country. Launched this week, 21 Days of Positivity asks parents and coaches involved in youth football to commit to being positive in their approach and to share their positive stories on social media with #WeOnlyDoPositive.
In a video released by The FA on ‘Blue Monday’, Barkley joins Jesse Lingard, England Women’s Toni Duggan and England Blind squad member Azeem Amir to talk openly about how positive encouragement impacted them at a young age, benefiting their lives and careers.
Barkley said: ‘I had a parent on the side who didn’t really comment whilst I was playing the game, she would speak afterwards and say how proud she was of how I’d performed.
‘She was always there for me, if the weather was really bad, or my mum didn’t feel well on the day, she’d still come with me, she’d still be on the side line. I’ll always be grateful to her.’
Across the 21 days, which is the period of time it takes to enact a behavioural change and form a habit, The FA will share messages of positivity on its social media channels, with England stars thanking those that have had the biggest influence on them.
During the campaign coaches will receive emails from The FA including hints, tips and insight in to three key themes; ‘positive environment’, ‘positive practices’ and ‘positive players’.
To find out more about The FA Respect campaign, click here