Hi, I have been involved in running a football squad at every school I have been at for the past five years and thoroughly enjoy being part of a sports squad. In my first job as NQT I was encouraged to get involved in the training sessions if I wanted to so long as I was never over aggressive in a challenge. I have continued to do this and have been witnessed doing so by my current schools Head of games/PE on many occasions when he comes out to take his rugby team. Indeed many other staff kick about with the pupils when they take football training sessions - nothing has ever been said to deter me or anyone else from being involved with the pupils during games sessions. Unfortunately yesterday when going up for a header a sixth former also challenged for the ball and I’m not sure how but he broke the right side of his collar bone - the rest of the squad were surprised as they said that it was a very innocuous collision. Anyway I phoned his mother and told her what had happened and apologised profusely, she seemed very ok with it and said she knew it was an accident. I informed all relevant members of staff immediately and thought that was that. However today the head of sixth form came to me and said he was going to have to read through the FA guide book to ensure that both the school and I are 'protected' in case the mother changes her tune. As you can imagine this didn’t feel like unwavering backing from the school hierarchy, when someone tells you the school has to be protected I immediately think that someone is going to get hung out to dry in some way. So first question - does anyone know of any official rules/laws which state that staff cannot be involved in training sessions? Second question - should I get on to my union ASAP?