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Club Code Of Conduct

1) Code of Conduct for Tyne Bridge Harriers

As a responsible Athletics Club, Tyne Bridge Harriers will:
• Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct, and respond to any suspected breaches, in accordance with the welfare procedures as recommended by the National Governing Body.
• Liaise appropriately with parents/persons with parental responsibility, officials, coaches, sports scientists, national governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained
• Ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to others including younger members
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics.
• 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 inappropriate behaviour and language by others
• Place the welfare and safety of athletes above other considerations including the development of performance.

2) Code of Conduct for All Members

As a responsible member of at Tyne Bridge Harriers you should:

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics.
• Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics.
• Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of yourself and other athletes.
• Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations.
• Accept the current guidelines established by the National Governing Body of our sport on the use of prohibited and performance-enhancing substances.
• Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
• Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour, including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse
• Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
• Avoid any conduct that is detrimental to Tyne Bridge Harriers.

3) Code of Conduct for All Club Coaches and Group Leaders

As responsible athletics Coach or Group Leader at Tyne Bridge Harriers you should:

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete and others involved in athletics.
• Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance.
• Be appropriately qualified, including, where required, obtaining CRB clearance; update your licence and education as and when required by UKA and adhere to the terms of the coaching licence.
• Ensure that activities you direct or guide are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual athlete.
• At the outset clarify with athletes (and where appropriate, with parents or carers) exactly what it is that is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from you.
• Never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching.
• Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as technical officials, team managers, other coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the athlete.
• 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.
• Encourage and guide athletes to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

• Develop appropriate working relationships with athletes based on mutual trust and respect, especially with those athletes under 18 year-old or vulnerable adults.
• Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
• A coach MUST strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with athletes and must not conduct inappropriate relationships with athletes. Relationship with athletes can cause significant problems for other team members, raising concerns of favouritism and/or victimisation.
• In particular, coaches MUST NOT allow an intimate personal relationship to develop between themselves and any athlete aged under 18 year-old. Any violation of this could result in a coach licence being withdrawn. It may also be a criminal offence to conduct a relationship with an athlete aged under 16 year-old. It may also be a violation of your coaching licence to form an intimate personal relationship with a vulnerable adult coached by you.
• It is strongly recommended that you do not allow intimate relationships to develop between yourself any athlete that may be in receipt of your coaching advice.

In addition, coaches should follow these guidelines on best coaching practice, in particular with young athletes or with vulnerable adults

• Avoid critical language or actions, such as sarcasm which could undermine an athlete’s self esteem.
• Avoid spending time alone with young athletes unless clearly in the view of others to protect both yourself and the young athlete. In special circumstances, for example when coaching elite young athletes, one-to-one coaching sessions may form part of the required training schedule. In this circumstance, parental/guardian consent must be sought and obtained prior to sessions taking place.
• Avoid taking young athletes alone in your car.
• Never invite a young athlete alone into your home.
• Never share a bedroom with a child.
• Always explain why and ask for consent before touching an athlete.
• Ensure that parents/carers know and have given consent before taking a young athlete away from the usual training venue.
• Work in same-sex pairs if supervising changing areas.
• Respect the right of young athletes to an independent life outside of athletics.
• Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to the parents/carers and club Welfare officer as soon as possible.
• Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible.

4) Code of Conduct regarding TBH member’s use of social networking websites

Social networking is the process of interacting with other internet users in a communal online space. It can be a useful means of engaging with other club members and with people who are involved with the local athletics community but are not members of the club. If used correctly, it can benefit our club by attracting new members and promoting our club and our activities. However, we ask that members are aware that social networking websites and weblogs are in the public domain – and you may have little or no control over who has access to the information you post on them.

All TBH members are required to carefully review the following rules and bear them in mind when using social networking websites.

Personal Use of Social Networking

In using social networking websites for personal purposes – if a member identifies themselves as a member of Tyne Bridge Harriers – we would ask that they:
• Do not post anything that is in breach of the Club’s Code of Conduct.
• Do not post anything relating to Tyne Bridge Harriers that demeans or adversely affects the club.
• Do not post any confidential information. Confidential information includes all information relating to the club’s members, financial information or internal discussions that involve specific individuals.

Member use of Social Networking Sites and/or Pages set up by Tyne Bridge Harriers
Club members should be conscious at all times that anything posted on, or uploaded to, the Club page may well be read or seen by non-members of the club and, as such, this reflects and represents the Club. Members should be careful about the content that is uploaded to Facebook and other social media sites and be careful about the tone and language used on these sites. Members should not be rude or offensive or post anything that is in breach of the Club’s Code of Conduct
We ask that club members try at all times to respect the public reputation of Tyne Bridge Harriers and the privacy and feelings of others when using social networking sites.

As a properly constituted club which is affiliated to the National Governing Body of our sport – England Athletics – we have certain duties and responsibilities to protect our club, our members and our sport. To help us comply with these duties, we ask that members do not post or upload any of the following:
• anything that could be considered offensive, abusive, discriminatory or defamatory including messages, cartoons, images and jokes;
• anything that harasses or could be construed as harassing the person receiving it including messages, cartoons, images and jokes;
• any sexually explicit or pornographic material;
• any material which is sexist, racist, homophobic or xenophobic;
• any copyrighted material, including software and printed matter, in violation of copyright laws;
• any material that could be considered a chain letter or email.

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