Participant Information Sheet

Please read the information below thoroughly before deciding whether or not to participate in this study.
Introduction: You are being invited to take part in a research study because you are a young footballer. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. If there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information, my contact details are at the end. 
Who will conduct the research?
The research will be conducted by James Barraclough (D Prof Student) under the supervision of Dr Aine MacNamara and Dr Tynke Toering.
What is the purpose of the research?
To look at how psychosocial skills can be measured and developed as part of development in football.
What will you be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete the questionnaire below. This should take approximately 30 minutes in total and can be completed at a time and place that is convenient for you. Results will be anonymous (unable to identify the participant) and confidential (kept under secure conditions for five years when they will be deleted).
What are the anticipated benefits of participating in the research?
By participating in this study, you will help us understand young players' journeys in sport. This will help us develop guidelines to support coaching and learning within academy settings. We will provide an end of project report.
Are there any risks associated with participating in the research?
There is potential distress for participants managing certain clinical conditions (e.g. anxiety/depression), especially if they are to believe it may impact on their career ambitions. If the participants experience any distress they will be referred to their point of contact/safeguarding officer within their clubs. If this is not appropriate, then players can contact safeguarding officers at their county FA: http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/county-fa-safeguarding-contacts  
Do you have to take part?
Participation is entirely voluntary. However, parental consent will be asked if you are under the age of 18. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
What happens if you change your mind and want to withdraw?
You may withdraw immediately by simply leaving. You do not have to give a reason. You can also withdraw up to two weeks after completion of the questionnaire.
Will I be paid for participation?
Your involvement in this project is voluntary.

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