CODE OF CONDUCT FOR JUNIOR MEMBERS
This code of conduct is for parents / carers to discuss with Junior athletes prior to signing the membership form and agreeing to the rules of the club.
As a member of Ellenborough Athletic Club you are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:
– All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion. Treat others with the same respect and fairness that you wish to receive.
– All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions. Thank those who help you participate in athletics
– Be organized and keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if going to be late.
– Members must wear suitable kit for training and competition as agreed with the coach/team manager.
– Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
– Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
– Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
– Inform your coach of any other coaching you are receiving
– Notify a responsible adult if you have to go somewhere (why, where and when you will return)
– Not respond if someone seeks private information about you , not about athletics e. g home life
– Strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with coaches, officials or other adults
– Never accept lifts in cars or invitations into homes alone or without the prior knowledge and consent of your parent / carer
– Avoid destructive behaviour and leave venues/equipment as you find them. Behave responsibly and within the law
– Speak out immediately if anything makes you concerned or uncomfortable or if you suspect a club mate has suffered from misconduct by someone else. Tell your parents/carers and or a club official.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS/CARERS
– Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
– Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
– Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
– Never force your child to take part in sport.
– Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
– Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
– Publicly accept officials’ judgments.
– Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
– Use correct and proper language at all times.
– Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
Ellenborough Athletic Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with a committee member. Breaches of the code of conduct will be dealt with by the club committee.
Adapted from Athletics Welfare policy (incorporating Child Protection) UK Athletics, January 2005 and Sport England Clubmark Resource Pack[i]
[i] F Dalton January 2008