Code of Conduct – Larkfield AC

1. Athletics Club
2. Coaches
3. Athletes
4. Team Managers and Volunteers

1. Code of Conduct for Athletics Club.

As a responsible Athletics Club we will:

  • Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct of the governing bodies and respond to any suspected breaches.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers operating within the club environment hold the appropriate qualifications and have undertaken the appropriate checks.
  • Liaise appropriately with officials, coaches and governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained.
  • Ensure that club officers/volunteers act responsibly and set an example to others.
  • Respect the rights,dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above other considerations including the development of performance.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials,coaches or other people involved in athletics to the appropriate body.
  • Deal appropriately with issues of suspected misconduct reported by athletes, coaches, team managers and club officials.

 

2. Code of Conduct for Coaches

  • As a responsible athletics Coach you will:
  • Respect the rights of athletes and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance.
  • Be appropriately qualified,update your licence and education as and when required by EA or UKA and adhere to the terms of the coaching licence.
  • Ensure that activities you direct or guide are appropriate for the experience and ability of the athlete. Clarify what is expected of athletes and what they will receive from you.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Encourage athletes to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
  • Develop working relationships with athletes based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

As a responsible coach,when participating in or attending athletics activities, you will:

  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing,abusive language, any behaviour that is dangerous to you or others, acts ofviolence, bullying,harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Be aware that your attitude and behaviour directly affects the behaviour of athletes under your supervision.
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
  • Do not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others.
  • Avoid critical language or actions,which could undermine an athlete’s self-esteem.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or other people involved in athletics to the club committee.

3. Code of Conduct for Athletes

As a responsible athlete you will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete,coach,officials and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally, both in person and via all communication channels, including social media.
  • Uphold the same level of sportsmanship off the field as when engaged in athletics.
  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches,officials, team managers and representatives of the governing body.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time.
  • Always thank the coaches and officials who enable you to participate in athletics.
  • Respect the rules of training venues and report any rule breaches by other members. As a responsible athlete, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:
  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing,abusive language, any behaviour that is dangerous to you or others, acts of violence, bullying,harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them.
  • Do not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others.
  • Do not respond if someone seeks private information unrelated to athletics such as personal information, home life information.
  • Use safe transport or travel arrangements.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by coaches or other people involved in athletics to the club committee.
  • Respect the rules of event venues and report any rule breaches by other members.
  • Do not take part in athletics activities if there are medical reasons that you shouldn’t.

4. Code of Conduct for Team Managers and Volunteers

  • As a responsible Team Manager/volunteer you will:
  • Respect the rights,dignity and worth of every athlete,coach,officials and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, team managers and representatives of the governing body.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing,abusive language,behaviour that is dangerous to you or others,acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them.
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
  • Do not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Do not carry any items that can be dangerous to you or to others.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by coaches, officials or other people involved in athletics to the club committee.
    Note: Larkfield AC do not have a junior section, this document will be rewritten if a junior section is established.

Updated: November 2014