Shhhhhhhh! Clapping and cheering banned at junior football matches

Action from Heslerton v Scholes Park at the weekend
Action from Heslerton v Scholes Park at the weekend

Parents and coaches have been banned from clapping and cheering at children's football matches, sparking huge debate about sideline behaviour.

The Hampshire FA held a Silent Weekend and asked parents not to make any noise at the games to avoid putting pressure on the youngsters.

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The Hampshire FA initiative followed on from the University of Manchester banning students from clapping at union events "to avoid anxiety", with people encouraged to instead do jazz hands.