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The FA’s Respect Campaign was aimed at reducing the abuse of players and officials at all levels of the game. To launch it we wanted to get as wide an audience as possible so we went for comedy in the first film, which had a cast of footballers and celebrities, and harder hitting drama in the second two both of which starred a compelling Ray Winstone. The conscious bid for populism worked and we achieved large numbers of views on the FA’s site and beyond as well as widespread media coverage.


The Two Rays film alone achieved over ten million views thanks to uptake by news and sports sites and national television programmes like ITV’s News at Ten. It even featured on Radio Four’s Today programme and the campaign went on to win a prestigious Sports Industry Award.