Ladies and Gents,
You will be aware that at the recent Manchester FA Grassroots dinner the League was nominated for an award in the 'Best use of Social Media' category. We didn't win but one of our clubs Manchester Central did, and our congratulations go to them.
However, the filming of games and subsequent showing of them on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, or whatever platform you choose to use, has raised some queries.
We have asked our parent county, Lancashire FA, for guidance but in my opinion, their comments don't really help.
I think we are all aware of the laws surrounding safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults with regard to what can, and cannot be done. These laws apply to persons under the age of 18, and, according to our Welfare officer, we have a good number of players who would fall under the remit of the law.
The league is fully supportive of the publicity it gains by the use of social media and videos etc.....BUT....can I ask that all of you who film the games, point out to all concerned, opposition, referee, assistant refs, and spectators, that the game is being videoed, and if any of them object DO NOT PUBLISH IT.
The same caveat applies to your own players, where, strictly speaking, you should have parental confirmation that they do not object to their children being photographed, videoed and where necessary, sharing changing rooms with adults.
Yes, I know, this isn't the sort of notice you normally get from me, but as President, I feel it is necessary for me to bring this to your attention, having spent all my working life in the insurance industry I am aware of the rush some people have to litigation, and I would hate it if this were to happen to anyone that falls under the auspices of the Manchester League.
If you have any further queries please contact your parent FA.
Once again, sorry to be so heavy, but please bear it in mind.
Yours in Sport,