Last Wednesday evening, officers from the Isle of Man Constabulary joined us to talk about the effects of drugs on young people, and the mechanism and impact that ‘County Lines’ drug dealing can have on those youngsters.
The presentation was delivered to both IOMFA staff and Club Welfare Officers from around the island. Junior football brings around 2000 children and young people into regular contact with their coaches, and other officials at their football clubs. The presentation was organised by IOMFA Designated Safeguarding Officer, Steve Goldsmith, who recognises that these officials are in an ideal situation to spot the signs that may cause concern.
Steve commented: ‘Clubs develop young footballers while safeguarding their welfare. All junior coaches and club officials involved with U18 football must complete safeguarding training, the scope of which over reaches just football related activities. Coaches are encouraged to report concerns they might have if the behaviour or appearance of a young person changes.
‘On behalf of the Isle of Man Football Association I am very grateful to the officers for their time and input. I know that those that attended found the evening very informative.’