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Smokefree Sidelines

The month of October is also Stoptober, a campaign being run by the NHS to encourage people to give up smoking.

One of the local initiatives encouraging people to consider giving up smoking is Smokefree Sidelines, a collaboration between the Oxfordshire FA, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA, Active Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire County Council and the counties’ local youth football leagues. This initiative aims to address the culture of smoking and reduce the impact on children and young people by removing the acceptance of smoking at football games.

Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in Oxfordshire and evidence shows that most adult smokers started at a young age.

The move for clubs to adopt a smokefree sidelines policy complements existing club policies and can supports clubs’ desire to create a healthy family-friendly environment.

Find out more about the initiative on the Oxfordshire FA’s website.

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