Code of Conduct for Parents / People with Parental responsibility
As a responsible parent / person with parental responsibility you will:
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach and official involved in athletics, and treat everyone equally.
Avoid using abusive language or irresponsible behaviour, bullying or harassment, and challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
Promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play, and never condone rule violations.
Ensure that your child(ren) arrive at training sessions or events in good time.
Ensure that your child(ren) have a drink with them; either water or squash, NOT sports or energy drinks.
Ensure that your child(ren) arrive with appropriate clothing/footwear for running and have additional warm clothing/hat/gloves to put on if the weather dictates, particularly at the end of training or events.
Take an active interest in your child(ren)’s participation
Never place undue pressure on child(ren) to participate, perform or compete.
Help your child(ren) to recognise good performance, not just results.
Help your child(ren) understand the importance of long-term development, not short cuts and quick fixes.
Encourage and support all junior athletes whilst training or competing, including competitors.
Consider what volunteer help you could provide for coaches or the club.
Inform coaches of any illness or injury that needs to be taken in to consideration for the activity being undertaken.
Inform coaches of other sporting activities participated in. Be aware of cumulative effects of activities.
Notify coaches of any changes in medical history that are relevant to participation.
Notify the club of any changes in contact details.
Assume responsibility for safe transport to and from training and competition.
Ensure that your child(ren) does not take any unnecessary valuable items to training or competition.
Ensure that your child(ren) is/are collected promptly at the end of the session or event by their designated responsible adult. In the event of possible late arrival please contact the coach as soon as possible, but be aware that they may not pick up any message until the end of the session.
Never make any assumptions about your child(ren)’s safety.
Report any concerns you have about your child(ren)’s or any other child’s welfare to the club Welfare Officer.
In the event of persistent or extreme poor behaviour you may be asked to remove your child(ren) from the activity or event.