All Mid Beds Tigers and coaches attend an FA safeguarding children workshop. They also have to update the knowledge gained in that session via regular online courses. The purpose of all the training is to teach coaches to promote best practice in protecting young people, how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, and understand fears involved in these concerns. As mangers and coaches, we have a duty of care to place the welfare of children before anything else, to make sure players are safe at all times and to help make football an enjoyable, safe and fulfilling activity for every child.

As a club, we have a Child Welfare Officer, Natasha Orchard-Smith, who is responsible for all matters relating to safeguarding within MBT. Most of our players will have been coached by Natasha as she runs our Tiger Cubs programme. Part of Natasha’s remit is to ensure that all coaches and managers have attended the required courses and had the necessary DBS checks completed , and to act as point of contact for any safeguarding issues or questions concerns within the club.

To that end, if you have any football-related safeguarding issues, then please get in touch with Natasha using the form below, or call her directly on 07957 980492.