Football, Safeguarding, Welfare and Child Wellbeing

September 19, 2018

Omonia Youth FC take the welfare and safeguarding of young people extremely seriously. The safety of all our young footballers is our number one priority. We want all our young footballers to enjoy their football journey at Omonia Youth FC and we want them to train and play in a comfortable, safe environment.

We want all our young footballers to enjoy training, matches and being with their friends at the club.

As a grassroots youth football club it is mandatory under FA rules to have a Welfare Officer.

At Omonia Youth FC we have this season taken the decision to have more than one Welfare Officer and we have set up a Welfare Group within the club.

Every Welfare Officer at the club has had an FA Criminal Records Check (CRC) and has completed the FA’s highly-regarded Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer training courses.

Very soon, the club website will have a dedicated area for welfare, safeguarding and child wellbeing which will include relevant advice and guidance for all Omonia Youth FC stakeholders.

Code of conduct for player, managers, parents and spectators can be downloaded from here
Photo Consent Form can be downloaded here

Omonia Youth FC Welfare Officers for season 2018/19
Chris Mousicos (Vice Chair and Manager U14 Gold)
Kyri Georgiou (Manager Under 18 Green)
Andi Panayiotou (Manager U10 Gold)
George Pantelides (Manager U14 Girls)
Sophia Karanicholas (Manager U11 Girls)
Xenia Acar (Parent)
Maria Lingis Othona (Parent)
Aria Zavrou (Parent)

You can contact the Welfare Team on: or individual emails:

Chris Mousicos:
Kyri Georgiou:
Andi Panayiotou:
George Pantelides:
Sophia Karanicholas:
Xenia Acar:
Maria Lingis Othona:
Aria Zavrou:

Our County FA (Middlesex FA) also has two Safeguarding Officers:
Sharon Porter & Neill Fowler

Reporting: if I have a concern, how do I report it?

Firstly, if you are worried about a child, it is vital you report your concerns – no action is not an option. There are five ways to report a concern:

1. To the club Welfare Officers. (see above)
2. To the County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. (see above)
3. By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at or by calling and asking for the team on 0800 169 1863.
4. If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County Safeguarding Officer, you should call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.
5. If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.

Useful websites

The FA Safeguarding:

NSPCC Safeguarding & Child Protection:

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection command:

Kick it Out – Football’s equality and inclusion organisation:


Child Protection in Sport Unit:

Sporting Chance:

Youth Problem Gambling: