Design Essex County FA’s new safeguarding mascot

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Looking to keep your children occupied during the summer holidays? Essex County FA is looking for creative, hand-drawn designs for a brand new mascot to engage under 18s with their local football safeguarding services.

Young players at any of the county’s boys or girls teams can share colourful character ideas on social media until Monday August 30. The winner will receive an England shirt as a prize and their mascot will also help to raise awareness of the facilities accessible to people aged under 18 who have concerns for the safeguarding or welfare of someone in grassroots football.

Mascot designs must be colourful, simple and fun. The intention is to provide an instantly recognisable character to encourage under 18s to learn more about how to access safeguarding support services via the Essex County FA website, and other relevant organisations.

Essex County FA designated safeguarding officer, Helen Hever, explained: “This activity is ideal for the summer holidays… so be creative! Designs must be really appealing to young people, with a football theme. They need to be simple and colourful and I’m looking forward to seeing what the young people of Essex have come up with.”

Please submit your mascot designs on Twitter or Facebook, tagging @EssexCountyFA. You can also interact with the Essex County FA by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook. Alternatively, you can e-mail designs to

Entries will be judged by the Safeguarding Team after the Monday August 30 deadline.


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