In November 2016 British Football was rocked by a series of high-profile revelations regarding child sexual abuse. Several former players bravely waived their right to anonymity to speak out about their past abuse.
A number of those involved, decided to set up The Offside Trust, an organisation committed to supporting survivors and working to make sport safer for children.
Former professional footballer Steve Walters and former Peterborough youth Player Dion Raitt are the directors of The Offside Trust.
The Offside Trust are proud to work with and support fellow survivors. In addition to Steve and Dion the Offside Trust family includes their amazing ambassadors listed below and some that prefer to remain anonymous.
Steve Walters Former Crewe Alexandra Player
Gary Cliffe Former Manchester City Youth Player
Chris Knowles Former Peterborough Player
Callum Hancock Professional Boxer
Alan Arber Former Norwich City Reserve Player
Our aims and objectives are as follows: -
To raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding and across all sports and all levels.
To provide survivors with advice, guidance, and resources to aid the healing journey.
To campaign for legal and regulatory changes to improve safeguarding in sport.
To secure partnerships with clubs at all levels, in all sports
To engage survivors and signpost them to the appropriate professional support
To engage with survivors in the offside trust network.
To support charitable helplines with specific focus on survivors in sport
To change the law on child sexual abuse being exempt from the double jeopardy law
To lobby for Mandatory Reporting to be adopted in UK law.
To engage with political and judicial bodies to strengthen legal support for survivors.
Our East Anglian Ambassador is Alan Arber, and he is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @arber_boy and is willing to speak to anyone on safeguarding and the possibility of support for The Offside Trust.
We at The Offside Trust are proud to be working with The Norwich Sunday League as I played many games in this league myself and have many happy memories of my time playing in the league with such clubs as Macintosh FC, Quebec FC, Gibraltar FC, Delaney's FC, Anglian Windows FC plus others and was also secretary to a few clubs after I stopped playing. I also look forward to visiting many games during the season so please say Hi if you see me and chat to find out about our vital work and how you can support our work moving forward.