• CLUB RULES AND CONSTITUTION
• CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES, PLAYERS, TEAM OFFICIALS & PARENTS/SPECTATORS
• ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
• CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
1 NAME OF THE CLUB AND TEAM COLOURS Page 3
2 OBJECTS Page 3
3 STATUS OF RULES Page 3
4 RULES AND REGULATIONS Page 3
5 CLUB COMMITTEE Page 4
6 CLUB COMMITTEE MEETINGS Page 5
7 ANNUAL AND SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Page 6
8 CLUB FINANCES Page 8
9 CLUB MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS Page 9
10 PLAYER TRANSFERS Page 9
11 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE Page 10
12 RESIGNATION AND EXPULSION Page 11
13 MANAGERS AND COACHES Page 11
14 CLUB TEAMS Page 13
15 TRAINING SESSIONS AND MATCH DAYS Page 14
16 CLUB AWARDS Page 14
17 DISCIPLINE Page 15
18 CLUB COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE Page 15
19 FUND RAISING AND ASSISTING THE CLUB Page 16
20 DISSOLUTION Page 16
21 PRIOROTY Page 16
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES Page 17
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS Page 18
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TEAM OFFICIALS Page 20
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS/SPECTATORS Page 22
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Page 23
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY Page 24
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY Page 25
1 NAME OF THE CLUB AND TEAM COLOURS
a) The Club shall be called Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club (‘the Club‘). Teams shall be designated either ‚Fishersgate Flyers‛ or ‚Fishersgate Flyers Youth‛.
b) The Club shall be affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association Ltd. Teams shall be entitled to enter any one of the leagues to which they are qualified.
c) The Club colours shall be Sky Blue tops, Claret shorts and Sky Blue socks. The alternative colours, if necessary, shall be Claret tops, Claret shorts and Sky Blue socks.
The objectives of the Club shall be to provide facilities for, and to promote participation of the whole community in Association Football and to arrange matches and social activities for its Members.
3 STATUS OF RULES
These rules (‘Club Rules’) form a binding agreement between Club and each member of the Club.
4 RULES AND REGULATIONS
a) The Club shall have the status of an Affiliated Member Club of the Football Association by virtue of its affiliation to/membership of The Football Association. The Rules and Regulations of The Football Association Limited and the Sussex County Football Association and any League or Competition to which the Club is affiliated for the time being shall be deemed to be incorporated into the Club Rules.
b) No alteration to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the parent Association.
c) Any amendments to club rules must be submitted to club committee no less than 31 days prior to annual club AGM in writing.
d) The Club will also abide by The Football Association’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy.
5 CLUB COMMITTEE
a) The committee of the Club (‘Club Committee’) shall consist of the following members (‘Club Committee Members’): Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Registration Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Club Development Officer, Fund and Event Secretary and Child Welfare Officer (‘Club Officer/s’), elected at an Annual General Meeting in accordance with the Rules, Regulations, Bye Laws and Practices of the Football Association, the Sussex County Football Association Ltd and the relevant Leagues.
b) Other than the secretarial posts (Club Secretary, Registration Secretary, Fixture Secretary) no one person may hold more than two positions of Club Officer at any time and will be allowed only one vote
c) Each Club Officer and Club Committee Member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the next Annual General Meeting unless otherwise resolved at a Special General Meeting.
d) An outgoing Club Committee Member may be re-elected. Any vacancy on the Club Committee which arises between Annual General Meetings shall be filled by a Member proposed by one and seconded by another of the remaining Club Committee Members and approved by a simple majority of the remaining Club Committee Members.
e) A Club Officer or Team Manager will be required to resign if a vote of no-confidence is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Club Committee at an Extraordinary General Meeting called by three or more Club Committee Members. Should a Club Committee Member fail to attend three or more meetings of the Club Committee (‘Club Committee Meetings’) without an acceptable explanation he/she may be required to resign.
f) Save as provided for in the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association and the County Association to which the Club is affiliated, the Club Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Club Rules.
g) The Club Committee shall have the powers to appoint persons to additional posts (‘Posts’) other than those posts specified as Club Officers, or to appoint such persons or Sub-Committee as they may consider necessary and may delegate all or any of its powers to such persons or Sub-Committee. Decisions of such persons or Sub- Committee shall be reported to the Club Committee. h) Club Committee Members shall be entitled to attend all Club Committee Meetings and except the Chairman, be entitled to vote, except on matters directly relating to the Member.
i) A Club Committee Member shall not be entitled to order or purchase Goods or Services on behalf of the Club without prior approval or delegation from the Club Committee.
6 CLUB COMMITTEE MEETINGS
a) The Club Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club. Meetings of the Club Committee shall be chaired by the Chairperson or in their absence the Vice-Chairperson. The quorum for the transaction of business of the Club Committee shall be six.
b) Decisions of the Club Committee shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Club Committee Meeting. The Chairperson of the Club Committee meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie.
c) Decisions of the Club Committee Meetings shall be entered into the Minute Book of the Club to be maintained by the Club Secretary.
d) The Club Committee shall meet as necessary and at least once a month. A copy of the minutes, together with the date of the next meeting, shall be circulated to all Club Committee Members.
e) Any Club Committee Member may call a Special General Meeting of the Club Committee by giving not less than 7 days’ notice to all Club Committee Members.
f) The Club Committee shall hold not less than four meetings a year.
g) All recorded committee minutes shall be recorded and kept by club for no less than three years and must be available to view within reasonable request.
7 ANNUAL AND SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
a) The Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) shall be held on a date in June and shall include the following business:
1) The minutes of the preceding AGM
2) Chairman’s Report
3) Treasurer’s Report and the adoption of the Balance Sheet and the Statement of Accounts
4) Secretary’s report
5) Election of Officers and Posts
6) The Constitution of the Club for the following season
7) Any other Business (to which prior notice has been given)
b) Nominations for election of members as Club Officers or as members of the Club Committee shall be made in writing by the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be existing Members of the Club, to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the AGM. Notice of any resolution to be proposed at the AGM shall be given in writing to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the Meeting.
c) Retiring Club Officers and Team Managers shall be eligible for election as Club Officer or Team Manager. Names of the nominations received shall be circulated with the notice of the AGM. In the event of no nomination being received prior to the AGM, these may be received at the AGM.
d) A Special General Meeting (SGM) may be called at any time by the Club Committee and shall be called within 21 days of the receipt by the Club Secretary of a requisition in writing signed by not less than five Members stating the purposes for which the SGM is required and the resolution proposed. Business at an SGM may be business that may be transacted at an AGM.
e) The Secretary shall send to each Member notice of the date of a General Meeting together with the resolutions to be proposed at least 7 days before the Meeting.
f) The quorum for a General Meeting shall be six.
g) The Chairperson, or in their absence Vice Chairman or a Member selected by the Club Committee, shall take the chair.
h) Each Officer and/or Team Manager and each Member registered with the Club shall be entitled to one vote only and resolutions shall be passed by a simple majority. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairperson of the Meeting shall have a casting vote.
i) All voting is to be by show of hands, unless a ballot has been decided by at least one- third of the delegates present, if the Chairperson so decides.
j) The Club Secretary, or in their absence a member of the Club Committee, shall enter Minutes of General Meetings into the Minute Book of the Club.
8 CLUB FINANCES
a) A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the name of the Club (‘Club Account’). Designated account signatories shall be the Club Chairperson, the Club Secretary and the Treasurer. No sum shall be drawn from the Club Account except by a cheque signed by two of the three designated signatories or by authorised bank transfer. All monies payable to the Club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in the Club Account.
b) The income and property of the Club (‘Club Property‘) shall be applied solely towards promoting the Club’s objects as set forth in the Club Rules and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, to the Members of the Club.
c) The Club Committee shall have the power to authorise the payment of remuneration and expenses to any Member and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Club.
d) The Club shall prepare an annual financial statement that should be presented at the AGM under the Treasurer’s Report.
e) Copies of the financial statement should be sent to the Sussex County Football Association Ltd and to the relevant league committees for whom the Club’s teams are registered.
f) Officers and Team Managers shall be permitted to claim for reasonable expenses, incurred in carrying out their duties, by submitting a claim to be approved by the Club Committee.
9 CLUB MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
a) The Club Committee will decide a date or dates, at a suitable venue, for the signing of Registration Forms for Members to register with the Club (‘Membership’).
b) A registered player is deemed to be a member (‘Member‘) of the Club for the season for which the Member has registered. If a player is under 16, the player’s parent or guardian is deemed the Member. All Members will be registered in the register of Members (‘the Membership Register‘) which shall be maintained by the Registration Secretary.
c) A paid-up member is a player who has no outstanding subscriptions.
d) Membership of the Club shall be open to all persons irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; or age, sex, or disability, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of football as a particular sport. Any person who wishes to be a Member must apply on an appropriate registration form and deliver it to the Club. Membership shall become effective upon the applicant’s name being entered in the Membership Register. The Club Committee may refuse membership or expel from membership only for good and sufficient cause, such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against such a decision may be made to the Club’s Members and decided by a majority decision.
e) In the event of a Member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name will be removed from the Membership Register.
f) The Football Association and parent County Association shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand.
10 PLAYER TRANSFERS.
a) All players are eligible to transfer away from the club
b) Any player wishing to transfer away from The Club, must first inform team manager/coach and obtain and league transfer form from the club registration secretary.
c) Any monies owed to the club must be paid prior to the transfer process.
d) All transfer forms must be processed through the club registration secretary.
e) Any objections to such transfer must be made in writing and presented to the club committee.
f) Any transfers into the club must be processed through the club secretary.
g) All transfers are subject to a league fee of £5. Payable by transferring player.
h) Club registration fees still apply.
i) Any changes to registration fees must first go through the committee
11 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE
a) An annual membership fee payable by each Member shall be determined by the Club Committee at the Club Committee Meeting in June and may be varied according to the age of the team. A fee shall be payable on successful application for membership and annually by each Member. The Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non discriminatory and fair basis. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
b) After registration, a Member who wishes to transfer to another Club may become liable for the costs of his or her Registration and any transfer fee, together with a fair proportion of the full subscription rate.
c) Fees shall not be repayable after 1st January of that particular season. No return of subscription fees shall be considered after 1st January of that particular season.
d) Persons wishing to register as a player for the Club part way through a season will have their registration fee assessed and agreed by at least two Club Officers from a choice of Club Secretary, Chairman, Vice Chairman or Treasurer using appropriate guidelines, set out at prior Club AGM.
e) If any Team Manager considers that arrangements for the payment of registration fees should be different to those specified above, representation must be made by the Team Manager to the Club Committee at the next Club Committee Meeting to agree a registration fee.
f) If two or more immediate family members register at the same time, a 10% discount off the total subscriptions payable will be offered, subject to any previous discounts having been made.
g) At the Club Committee Meeting in June, the Club Committee will agree the level of discount on registration fees that can be offered to Team Managers, Assistants and Officers of the committee for the registration fee for their child. The level of discount will be decided in relation to the number of Team Managers and Assistants for each Club Team.
h) The Club Committee shall have the authority to levy further subscriptions from the Members as are reasonably necessary to fulfil the objects of the Club.
i) Registration fees are for registration to club and will cover league registration fees
j) All players must be registered to The Club participating in any Club Football Activities.
12 RESIGNATION AND EXPULSION
a) A Member shall cease to be a Member of the Club if, and from the date on which, he/she gives notice to the Club Committee of the resignation. A Member whose annual membership fee or further subscription is more than 2 months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned.
b) The Club Committee shall have the power to expel a Member when, in their opinion, it would not be in the interests of the Club for them to remain a Member. Appeal against such a decision may be made in accordance with Rule 9d).
c) A Member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the Club Property.
13 COACHES/MANAGERS AND ASSISTANTS
a) All coaches shall be qualified to a minimal of FA Level 1 Coaching.
b) All coaches/Managers/Assistants must have in date CRC check through club and FA.
c) All coaches/Managers/Assistants must have an in date FA Safeguarding Certificate.
d) All coaches must have an in date FA Emergency Aid or recognised First Aid Certificate.
e) Coaches will be required to be a member of the FA Licenced Coaches Association and complete the required amount of CPD hours.
f) All session player attendance shall be recorded and made available to the club and FA upon request.
g) No person can coach a session without the relevant qualifications.
h) Assistants are volunteers who assist only in the supervision of the players during the sessions.
i) Assistants are not allowed to coach any player.
j) All coaches that are newly qualified through the club must sign and return coaches agreement.
Coaches course agreement
Upon agreement, Fishersgate Flyers Youth FC will undertake to pay the full course fees with the proviso that you coach for Fishersgate Flyers Youth FC for a period of no less than 18 months from the date of successfully completion of the course.
Fishersgate Flyers Youth FC would require you to utilize the coaching drills and techniques learnt to improve the development of the players within the club of all age groups.
If you cease to coach for Fishersgate Flyers Youth FC within the timeframes stipulated below Fishersgate Flyers Youth FC will require reimbursement of said costs incurred: -
• Up to 9 months full reimbursement of costs incurred.
• 9 to 15 months 50% reimbursement of costs incurred.
• 15 to 18 months 25% reimbursement of the cost incurred.
Any changes to the above in extreme circumstance will be settled via the committee if required.
We would like to take this time to thank you for commitment to the club and wish you good luck on the course and hope you enjoy it.
Club Development Officer
CC. Club Secretary
14 CLUB TEAMS
a) At its first meeting following each AGM, the Club Committee shall appoint a Club Member to be responsible for each of the Club’s football teams (‘Team Manager’).
b) The Team Manager shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the team.
c) Each Team Manager shall be responsible for the team training, selection of players, etc. The Team Manager may have one or more Assistants who, in the Team Manager’s absence, shall act as and with the authority of the Team Manager as long as they have the relevant qualifications.
d) Team Managers and Assistants shall:
i) Be responsible to the Club Committee.
ii) Manage the team with due regard to the age, health and welfare of the players and spectators.
iii) Provide information, accurately and comprehensively, to the Officers as and when required e.g. match returns.
iv) Be responsible for the maintenance and/or return of the team kit, balls, equipment etc. and ensure that any losses or damage are reported to the Treasurer as soon as possible.
e) The Team Manager shall present to the Club Committee at its last meeting prior to the AGM a written report on the activities of the team.
15 TRAINING SESSIONS AND MATCH DAYS
a) Players shall be expected to arrive at all training sessions and matches on time, unless prior notice has been given to the Team Manager.
b) The absence of players must be notified to the Team Manager as soon as possible. Regular unauthorised absence will be subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Team Manager.
c) Parents or guardians should ensure that in adverse weather conditions they contact the Team Manager in order to confirm arrangements.
d) Each player must attend suitably clothed for the relevant weather conditions and bring sufficient drinks/refreshments. Players equipment must be worn in accordance to FA rule.
e) The Team Manager and/or Assistant(s) shall be responsible for the discipline of players
f) The Club shall not accept any responsibility for the loss of personal possessions and therefore all such items should be appropriately labelled.
g) Any Child Welfare Issues must be reported to The Club Welfare Officer at the earliest opportunity.
16 CLUB AWARDS
a) The following awards shall be presented at an ‘Annual Presentation Evening’ on a date or dates at a suitable venue decided by the Club Committee:
1) Up to Under 10s – Membership awards
2) Under 11s to Under 18s – Manager’s Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year, and Clubman of the Year (sportsmanship or improved).
3) Adults team – Manager’s Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year, and Clubman of the Year
4) Loyalty awards presented to players with five years continuous membership from date of first registration to club. For each additional year the player shall receive a further loyalty award.
a) All Team Managers, Assistants, players and spectators are bound by the Rules of the Football Association, the Sussex County Football Association Ltd and the relevant Leagues.
b) Serious or persistent misbehaviour will not be tolerated. The Club Committee shall have the power to expel from the Club any person who persistently offends. Any subscriptions paid will not be returned following an expulsion.
c) Fines imposed on match days shall be the sole responsibility of the person involved and shall not be subject to a contribution from any other player, the Team Manager/Assistant of the Club.
d) Club Representatives are available should any parent or player wish to discuss any matter or grievance in confidence. The names of Club Representatives may be obtained from any Officer.
18 CLUB COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
Any Member who feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way, or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken, should follow the procedures below:
a) They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the Committee. Your report should include:
i) Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.
ii) Any witness statements and names.
iii) Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
iv) Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made.
v) A preference for a solution to the incident.
b) The Club Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.
c) The Club Committee will have the power to:
i) Warn as to future conduct
ii) Suspend from membership
iii) Remove from membership any person found to have broken the Club’s Policies or Codes of Conduct.
19 FUND RAISING AND ASSISTING THE CLUB
a) Every player, parent/guardian and Officer/Team manager/Assistant shall be expected to give as much assistance and support to the Club as possible. Regular events e.g. sponsored walk, six-a-sides, race nights etc. shall be held in order to keep subscription rates to a minimum. Ideas for fund raising should be reported to the Team manager or Fund and Event Secretary and shall be discussed by the Club Committee as appropriate. b) Parents/Guardians wishing to assist the Club, or a particular team within the Club, should contact the Team Manager or Secretary. The Club welcomes additional qualified coaches, referees or first aiders into the Club and shall arrange periodic course leading to qualifications in coaching, refereeing and first aid. Parents/Guardians interested in such courses should contact the Secretary.
a) A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at a General Meeting or at a Special meeting and shall be carried by a majority of at least three quarters of the Members present.
b) The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Club Committee shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.
c) Any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts an liabilities of the Club shall not be paid to or distributed among the Members of the Club, but shall be transferred to the Sussex County Football Association for use by them for community related sport.
Where there is any conflict between any of the above Rules (‘Key Rules’) and any other rule or rules the Key Rule(s) will take priority. Interpretation of all the Rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002).
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES
Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspects of their conduct.
Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.
It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a, win-at-all costs‛ attitude.
Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach or parent.
1) Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport
2) Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance
3) Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies
4) Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect
5) Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
6) Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
7) Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players
8) Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected from them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach
9) Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player
10) Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules or regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques
11) Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance
12) Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS
Players are the most important people in sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But not winning at any cost – Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.
Obligations towards the game
A player should:
1) Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina
2) Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his or her team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved
3) Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
4) Avoid, all forms of gamesmanship and time-wasting
5) Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
6) Not use inappropriate language
Obligations towards one’s own team
A player should:
1) Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his or her own team win
2) Resist and influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his or her commitment to the team winning.
Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules
A player should:
1) Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules
2) Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally
3) Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
Respect towards Opponents
A player should:
1) Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game
2) Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents
Respect towards the Match Officials
A player should:
1) Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest
2) Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
3) Show due respect towards Match Officials.
Respect towards Team Officials
A player should:
1) Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code
2) Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.
Obligations towards the Supporters
A player should:
1) Show due respect to the interests of supporters
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TEAM OFFICIALS
Obligations towards the Game
The Team Official should:
1) Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
2) Promote and develop his or her own team having regard to the interests of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game
3) Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interests of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
4) Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
5) Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
6) Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
7) Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
8) Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
9) Avoid words of actions which may mislead a Match Official.
10) Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
Obligations towards the Team
The Team Official should:
1) Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.
2) Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests
3) Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
4) Promote ethical principles.
5) Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others.
Obligations towards the Supporters
The Team Official should:
1) Show due respect for the interests of supporters
Obligations towards the Match Officials
The Team Official should:
1) Accept the decisions of the match Officials without protest.
2) Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
3) Show due respect towards match Officials.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS/SPECTATORS
Parents/Spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game, and most of all its fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within a club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:
• Children enjoying football.
• A sense of personal achievement.
• Improving the child’s skills, techniques and understanding of the game
A parent’s/spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:
• Other players.
Parents/Spectators within the Club should always be positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own.
• Applaud the opposition as well as our own team.
• Avoid coaching children during the game.
• Not shout and scream • Respect the referee’s decision.
• Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.
• Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.
• Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
• Encourage the children to learn the rules and play within them
Parents/Spectators must at all times adhere to the Club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.
The Codes of Conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club. In order to validate these Codes of Conduct the club has a clear mandate to deal with any misconduct at Club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the County Football Association in more serious circumstances.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
Anti Discrimination Policy.
• Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. The Club’s commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
• Equality of opportunity at Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club means that in all the Club’s activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
• The advertisement for volunteers.
• The selection of candidates for volunteers.
• External coaching and education activities and awards.
• Football development activities.
• Selection for teams.
• Appointments to honorary positions
• Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club will not tolerate sexually or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
• Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.
Equal Opportunities Policy
• Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all Members and requires all Members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.
• All Members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discriminations Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:
o Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.
o Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different from the requirements of others.
o Imposing requirements on an individual which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition which makes it more difficult for Members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
o Victimisation of an individual.
o Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
o Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a Member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered objectively as possible.
• Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any Member accused of discrimination.
• Any Member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any Members offending will be dealt with under the Club’s disciplinary procedure.
The Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such Members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other Members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, whenever possible to ensure that they are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such Members who request it.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. The Club subscribes to The Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.
The key principles of The FA Child Protection Policy are that:
• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.
The Club acknowledges that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s child protection regulation (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
We endorse and adopt The FA’s Child Protection and Best Practice Guidelines for Recruiting Volunteers and will:
• Develop a role profile.
• Request identification documents.
• As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing.
• Request and follow up with two references before appointing.
• Require an FA DBS (Disclosure and Barring) Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines
All current Club Members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a DBS Enhanced Disclosure via The FA Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of the Club, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The Disclosure and Barring Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people. It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.
Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club supports The FA’s ‘whistle blowing’ policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Child Protection Manager on 0207 745 4771, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police, social services or the NSPCC. Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
Fishersgate Flyers Youth Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the child protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. The CWO will liaise directly with the County Football Association Child Protection Officer (CFA CPO) and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
The Club acknowledges and endorses The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our Club. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.
Incidents need to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA CPO.
Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
The County Football Association’s Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook.
The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection.
24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
The FA child protection team on 0207 745 4649.