Code Of Conduct

 

These codes of conduct are designed to ensure that all those associated with the club upholds its values and are designed to complement the codes of conduct written by Scottish Athletics.

The Club’s Code of Conduct

As a responsible club we will:

  • ensure that all the volunteers operating within the club environment hold the appropriate qualifications.

  • adopt national policies and codes of good practice in relation to athlete welfare.
  • ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to younger members.
  • appoint designated Welfare Officers, who are provided with appropriate training and periodic updating, to act as a first port of call in cases of concern about athlete welfare.
  • seek to carry out their duty of care within relevant legislation and government guidance.

The Coach’s Code of Conduct

We expect all members of the athletics coach teams will:

  • Uphold the values of the club
  • Arrive at the venue in sufficient time prior to the start of the session.
  • Inspect the activity area, take the necessary steps to minimise health and safety risks.
  • Comply with all club policies on Health + Safety and Welfare.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance.
  • Inform a member of club committee as soon as possible of any incident or injury and complete the accident/ incident report form.
  • Ensure that the venue is left clean and tidy at the end of each session.
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times. In circumstances where a child has not been picked up from a session the coach must remain on the premises with the child and take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the child until the parent or guardian arrives.
  • Be aware of good practice guidelines on child & vulnerable adult protection and follow the guidelines on best coaching practice
  • Sessions should be organised in accordance with current National Governing Body recommendations.
  • Plan and coach sessions in a way appropriate to the age and ability of the performers concerned in order to promote enjoyment and skill progression.
  • Co-operate fully with other colleagues (e.g. other coaches, officials, team managers) in the best interests of the athlete.
  • Adopt safe training regimes appropriate to the age, stage of development and capacity of the athlete.
  • Assist participants to gain a greater understanding of the rules, safe practices and appropriate behaviour in the sport concerned.
  • Ensure coach/participant ratios are appropriate in accordance with SAL guidelines.
  • Make sure you are appropriately qualified for activities that you coach and update your licence and education as and when required by UK Athletics.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour or language by others.
  • At the outset, clarify with athletes (and where appropriate their parents or carers) exactly what is expected of them and what performers are entitled to expect from you.
  • Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Not send inappropriate communications that may be misconstrued.

 

The Athlete’s Code of Conduct

We expect all athletes involved with the club will:

  •          Uphold the values of the Club
  •          Treat everyone equally with the same respect and fairness that you wish to receive.
  •          Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs, be organised, and arrive on time
  •          Inform your coach of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving
  •          Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport in the best interests of the yourself and other athletes
  •          Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or  the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
  •          Challenge anyone whose behaviour falls below the expected standards of the club
  •          Inform others, such as Welfare Officers or Coaches, if anything makes you uncomfortable
  •          Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
  •          Not send inappropriate communications that may be misconstrued.
  •          Thank those who enable you to participate in athletics

And for  young athletes additionally

  •          Notify a responsible adult if you have to go somewhere (why, where and when you will return)
  •          Do not respond if someone seeks private information unrelated to athletics such as personal or home life information
  •          Never accept lifts in cars or invitations into homes on your own without the prior knowledge and consent  of your parent/carer
  •          Use safe transport or travel arrangements

 

The responsible parent/guardian Code of Conduct

We expect all parents of children in the club will:

  •          Take an active interest in your child’s participation
  •          Provide any necessary medication that your child needs for the duration of trips
  •          Assume responsibility for safe transportation to and from training and competition
  •          Ensure that your child does not take any unnecessary valuable items to training or competition
  •          Inform your child’s coach or team manager of any illness or disability that needs to be taken into                         consideration for athletic performance
  •          Know exactly where your child will be and who they will be with at all times
  •          Attend training or competitions whenever possible
  •          Get involved with the club and help out at events. We would be delighted to have your help.
  •          Never place undue pressure on children to perform, participate or compete
  •          Report any concerns you have about your child’s or any other child’s welfare to the Club Welfare Officer,  Regional, National or UKA Welfare Officers
  •          Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally
  •          Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport in the best interests of the your child and other athletes
  •          Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations  or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
  •          Challenge anyone whose behaviour falls below the expected standards of the club
  •          Inform others, such as Welfare Officers or Coaches, if anything makes you uncomfortable
  •          Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
  •          Not send inappropriate communications that may be misconstrued.
  •          Thank those who enable you r child to participate in athletics