Code of Conduct


Codes of Conduct

  • As part of the Application and Accreditation for the FA Charter Mark, the Club has to have a Code of Conduct that is applied to Players, Coaches, Team Officials and Spectators. The Club expects this Code to be adhered to and enforced at each and every game. The various parts of the Code are set out below.

    In ensuring that the Code is adhered to a verbal warning would usually be given to any individual deemed to be breaking the code. If further breaches occur a written warning would be issued and if this ultimately failed to address the problem, the individual concerned would be asked to leave the club or abstain from watching games.
    The club reserves the right to move away from this process in circumstances where there are serious or dangerous breaches of the Code.

  • Code of Conduct for Players:

  • 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 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 to 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.
    7.    Make every effort consistent with fair play and the laws of the game to help his own team win.
    8.    Resist any influence which might, or might seen to bring into question his own commitment to the team.
    9.    Know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game and competition rules.
    10.  Accept success and failure, victory and defeat equally.
    11.  Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
    12.  Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
    13.  Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
    14.  Accept the decisions of match officials without protest.
    15.  Avoid words or actions which may mislead match officials.
    16.  Show due respect to match officials.
    17.  Abide by the instructions of their coach and team officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
    18.  Show due respect towards the team officials of the opposition.
    19.  Show due respect to the interests of the supporters.

  • Code of Conduct for Parents:

  • 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 - its fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within the club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to;
     Children enjoying football
    ii  A sense of personal achievement
    iii Self esteem
    iv  Assist to improve the child's skills and techniques
    A parents/spectators expectations and attitude have a significant bearing on a child's attitude towards;
     Other players
    ii  Officials
    iii Managers
    iv Spectators
    Ensure that parents/spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all the children, not just their own.
    Encourage parents/spectators to;
    i    Applaud the opposition as well as your own team
    ii   Avoid coaching the child during the game
    iii  Not to shout and scream
    iv  Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented
    v   Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football
    Ensure parents/spectators within the club agree and adhere to the clubs code of conduct and child protection policy.

  • Code of Conduct for Coaches:
  • 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 FACA and the rules of the Football Association
  • 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 player (and, where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of 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, 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 or game relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques
  • 11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance any breach of any provisions(s) of this code of conduct by a member of the FA Coaches Association shall constitute a breach of the rules of the Football Association pursuant to rule E1 and shall be dealt with under the procedures as set out in the rules of the Football Association Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language

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