WAYSIDE CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB POLICIES
“To foster an environment where players can enjoy all aspects of the sport and experience personal development. Educate and support coaches, managers and leaders. Ensure respect for others”
PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
WAYSIDE CELTIC FC
Players Code of Conduct
Child members of Wayside Celtic FC are entitled to:
- Be safe, be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect.
- Participate in soccer on an equal basis, appropriate to their age/ability and stage of development.
- Be happy, have fun and enjoy soccer in an environment where winning at all costs is not the priority.
- Make a complaint in an appropriate way and have it dealt with through a proper and effective complaints procedure.
- Be afforded appropriate confidentiality.
- Be listened to and to be believed.
- Have a voice in the running of the club.
We do encourage players to realise that they also have responsibilities, to treat other children, fellow players, coaches and volunteers with the same degree of fairness and respect they expect in return. In this regard child members of Wayside Celtic FC must undertake to:
- Play fairly, do your best and have fun & be on be on your best behaviour at all times.
- Abide by all club rules & have high standards of Fair Play that others want to follow.
- Respect opponents remembering they are not the enemy, they are friends/partners in a sporting event.
- Line up and shake hands before and after the match, whoever wins.
- Thank the referee at end of game.
- Give opponents a hand if they are injured, if in possession put the ball out of play so they can get attention.
- Accept any apologies offered by opponents when they are offered.
- Respect fellow team members, support them when they do well and when things go wrong.
- Treat players from minority groups with the same respect you show other people.
- Be modest in victory and be gracious in defeat- “Be A Sport”.
- Approach the club Child Protection Officer (phone number below) and/or any other club official with any questions or concerns you might have.
Child members of Wayside Celtic FC must not:
- Cheat or bully
- Use abusive language, or argue with, referees or officials, team mates, opponents or coaches.
- Use violence, use physical contact only when it is allowed within the rules
- Tell lies about adults or other children
- Spread rumours
- Take banned substances to improve performance
- Keep secrets about any person who may have caused them harm
- Behave in any manner that may bring the name of Wayside Celtic FC into disrepute
- Misbehave at training sessions and/or matches by refusing to participate or being generally disruptive.
Child protection officer: Brian Sheehan 087 253 3417
Any breaches of Club policy could result in you being suspended or expelled from the club.
Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians & Spectators
Wayside Celtic Football Club
Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians & Spectators
- Encourage but do not force your children to play football. Your own instincts will tell whether they are ready to start playing. Do not force them to play against their will.
- Encourage healthy lifestyle habits.
- Encourage and assist your children in attending all training sessions and matches throughout the season.
- The use of foul or abusive language will not be tolerated in the presence of any child at Wayside Celtic FC, You will be asked to leave our grounds if you fail to comply with this.
- Promote and teach FAIR PLAY. Applaud good play, sportsmanship and best effort by the visiting team as well as your own.
- Teach your child to treat referees, other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, colour, gender or ability etc. and this standard of behaviour is similarly expected of all parents/guardians/supporters – lead by example.
- Teach your child to respect the decisions of referees.
- Help your child to set realistic targets and assist with their decision making.
- Lead, as most parents do, by good example.
- Please refrain from shouting any instructions to your child as they may conflict with managers/coaches instructions and will only lead to confusion for our players. Positive encouragement throughout a match is what is required of Parents/Guardians/Supporters.
- You are encouraged to establish regular contact with the individual/s responsible for coaching your child.
- Refrain from any negative commentary concerning players and/or managers/coaches at all times and especially in the company of children. If you are unhappy or wish to lodge a complaint about any issues please do so through the correct complaint procedures and same will be fully considered and addressed by the Schoolboy Committee.
- Any support and assistance that parents/guardians can provide is greatly appreciated such as setting up or removing goals, offering to wash match jerseys etc. Don’t be too shy to ask.
- Please do not ignore or dismiss complaints or concerns expressed by your child which relate to his/her involvement in football. These should be relayed back to a Club Official so that if necessary any corrective action can be taken.
- Under no circumstances should a child be ridiculed or shouted at for losing a game or making a mistake.
- Please do not put undue pressure on a child to perform better - just ask and expect them to do their best.
- Respect our coaches and managers by letting them know in good time if players won’t be available so they can make alternative arrangements. This applies to both training sessions and matches.
- Ensure your child is warm enough to play matches during cold spells by providing them with under-garments/gloves. Whilst we would not encourage overdressing it is ultimately the parents’ prerogative to decide what their child wears as they better understand their child’s susceptibility to cold conditions.
- Please ensure your child is protected with sun protection when conditions require same.
- Please remember that although children play organised soccer they are not miniature professionals. Don’t place excessive pressure on children to perform to unrealistically high expectations. Children play soccer to develop their skills, to have fun and enjoy the game.
- During games at Under 8 to Under 11 Parents and Spectators must remain 5 meters away from the pitch, or in the designated spectator area, No spectators are allowed at the end lines.
- Please do not approach a Manager/Coach with any issues you may have about a game until at least 48 hours has passed, as often emotions can take over
“The behaviour of a team’s supporters will often be remembered long after the result of the game. Be remembered for the right reasons”
Any breaches of this policy could result in you being suspended or expelled from the club.
CHILD PROTECTION AND WELFARE POLICY
Wayside Celtic FC is committed to ensuring that all necessary steps will be taken to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people who participate in our Club. This Policy document clearly demonstrates the importance placed by Wayside Celtic FC on the protection and safety of children and young people who participate in our club.
All children and young people who participate in the club should be able to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
While doing so they should be protected from any form of abuse, be it physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or bullying.
The responsibility for protecting children lies with all adults involved in this club.
Wayside Celtic FC recognises and accepts its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, emotional or sexual harm and from neglect or bullying.
These clear policies, practices and procedures in addition to relevant training programmes will ensure that everybody in Wayside Celtic Football Club knows exactly what is expected of them in relation to protecting children and young people within the Club.
It is vital that children and young people who participate in Wayside Celtic FC activities, are able to do so in a safe, enjoyable and quality environment.
In pursuit of this goal Wayside Celtic FC will:
Advise all members of Wayside Celtic Football Club (coaches, players, parents and spectators) of their responsibilities in relation to the welfare and protection of children and young people who participate in soccer.
Operate within the recommended Football Association of Ireland codes of conduct and best practice guidelines.
Appoint a Club Child protection Officer in line with Football Association of Ireland requirements.
Provide a child protection and welfare course to all staff and coaches at Wayside Celtic FC.
Provide emergency first aid courses for all coaches and staff.
Ensure that all coaches and staff of Wayside Celtic FC are Garda Vetted.
The aims of this Wayside Celtic FC Child Protection Policy are:
To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all children and young people who participate at Wayside Celtic FC, in order for them to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
To provide appropriate guidance and advice to all club members (players, coaches, volunteers, spectators and parents) in all matters concerning child welfare and protection.
To demonstrate best practice in the area of child welfare and protection.
To promote ethics and best practice standards throughout the Club.
The key principles underpinning this Policy are that:
The welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration.
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse of any kind regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse/poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. It is essential that we work in partnership with children and young people and their parents/carers. The HSE has a statutory responsibility to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and Wayside Celtic FC is committed to cooperating fully with them in accordance with procedures as outlined in “Children First” National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011.
Wayside Celtic FC will cooperate fully with the Football Association of Ireland National Children’s Officer, Gardaí and the HSE in any investigation of child abuse in our club.
The Football Association of Ireland’s regulations in regard to child welfare and protection are defined in the rulebook as:
RULE 71. THE PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
(a) In line with legislation and Government Guidelines (The Child Care Act 1991 and the Protection for Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998) in relation to child protection and welfare, it is mandatory that all participants, clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football bodies shall be bound by the FAI recommended codes of conduct and best practice guidelines
(b) Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.
(c) Breaches shall become a disciplinary offence. Any member issued with a ban from football activity shall have their name notified to all League Secretaries for onward dissemination to all Club Secretaries. The notification shall state the name of the individual and the fact a ban has been issued.
(d) Any participant who is the subject of a Statutory Inquiry in relation to any child welfare concern must stand down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and any subsequent internal disciplinary proceedings.
(e) Any member convicted of an offence by the Irish Courts or Courts of any other jurisdiction involving the welfare of children shall be automatically banned from membership of the Association. For the avoidance of doubt no disciplinary or other hearing shall be necessary in order to implement this automatic ban.
RULE 95. PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
All participants, clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football bodies shall be bound by the FAI rules, codes of conduct and guidelines governing the protection and welfare of children, and breaches of such rules, codes and guidelines shall be subject to disciplinary sanction.
The disciplinary body may impose any sanction it deems appropriate.
Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.
Any participant who is the subject of a statutory inquiry in relation to any child welfare concern must stand down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and any subsequent internal disciplinary proceedings.
Wayside Celtic Football Club through confirming this policy document has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that children and young people can participate in all soccer activities with their safety and welfare being of paramount importance.
It is essential that this document represents a process of continual improvement in the area of child protection and welfare at Wayside Celtic FC.
It is the responsibility of all adults involved in soccer to actively promote safe and best practice standards whilst being ever vigilant and aware of their responsibilities to children and young people in their care.
Wayside Celtic Football Club
Procedure for dealing with Child Abuse Concerns or Allegations
It is important to note that the investigation of suspected child abuse is the responsibility of the Statutory Authorities (Gardaí, HSE) and should not be undertaken by Children’s Officers or any other Club/League. All allegations of child abuse must be referred to the Statutory Authorities.
When an allegation is received it will be assessed promptly and carefully. It will be necessary to decide whether a formal report should be made to the HSE and this decision should be based on reasonable grounds for concern. In accordance with requirements of Children First all concerns with relation to suspected child abuse will be passed on to the relevant statutory authorities.
The following examples would constitute reasonable grounds for concern:
A specific indication from a child that (s)he was abused.
A statement from a person who witnessed abuse.
An illness, injury or behaviour consistent with abuse.
A symptom which may not in itself be totally consistent with abuse, but which is support by corroborative evidence of deliberate harm or negligence.
Consistent signs of neglect over a period of time.
Ref. Children First 2011
Therefore in practice, concerns will be passed on by the Clubs child protection officer to the statutory authorities if we receive any complaints with reasonable grounds for concern.
Any allegation of abuse must in the first instance be brought to the attention of the Child protection officer of the Club. Should the child protection officer be unsure whether reasonable grounds for concern exist s/he can informally consult with the local HSE duty social worker. S/he will be advised whether or not the matter requires a formal report.
Coaches/volunteers may be subjected to erroneous or malicious allegations. Therefore, any allegation of abuse should be dealt with sensitively and appropriate support should be provided for staff/volunteers including counselling where necessary.
Should Wayside Celtic FC become aware of an allegation of abuse of a child or children by a coach/volunteer during the execution of that coaches/volunteers duties, the Child protection officer will privately inform the coach/volunteer of the following:
the fact that the allegation has been made against him/her.
the nature of the allegation.
Inform the Coach/Volunteer that they must step down from all duties within the Club until the investigation has reached its full conclusion.
The coach/volunteer should be afforded an opportunity to respond. The Chairman will note the response and pass on this information when making the formal report to the HSE.
The report to the HSE should contain observations, dates, times, locations and contexts in which the incident occurred or suspicion was aroused, together with any other relevant information.
In cases of emergency, where a child appears to be at immediate and serious risk and the Child protection officer is unable to contact a duty social worker, the Gardai shall be contacted.
Under no circumstances should a child be left in a dangerous situation pending intervention by the Statutory Authorities.
Our Child protection officer, if reporting suspected or actual child abuse to the Statutory Authorities, will first inform the family of their intention to make such a report, unless doing so would endanger the child or undermine any statutory investigation.
It should be noted that should a formal notification be made, we are not accusing anyone of child abuse, rather we are passing on concerns for investigation by the appropriate statutory authorities in keeping with the principle that “the welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration”.
All subsequent actions following an allegation of abuse against a coach/volunteer will be taken in consultation with the HSE and An Garda Síochána. An immediate meeting will be sought with these two agencies for this purpose. The Football Association of Ireland National Children’s Officer is also available to provide support and advice.
Under Football Association of Ireland rules, any coach/volunteer/manager who is the subject of a statutory investigation into alleged child abuse, is required to stand down from all soccer activities until the investigation is completed. Therefore the FAI National Children’s Officer must be informed immediately of any formal notification to the Statutory Authorities.
When a person is asked to stand down it should be made clear that it is only a precautionary measure in keeping with standard procedures/guidelines and will not prejudice any later disciplinary proceedings.
The coach/volunteer concerned will be advised that the procedures being undertaken are in accordance with statutory requirements. He or she should be treated with respect and fairness, and also be assured that all information will be dealt with in a sensitive and confidential manner.
The Club will carefully consider the outcome of the statutory investigation and will then assess if there are any outstanding disciplinary issues in relation to their internal rules or infringements of the Football Association of Ireland best practice guidelines. It must be remembered that the fact that the alleged abuser has not been prosecuted or been found guilty does not mean that they are appropriate to work with young people in the future.
Internal Club disciplinary proceedings can only be initiated after the Statutory Authorities have completed theirs.
Wayside Celtic Football Club
Disciplinary, Complaints and Appeals Procedure
While many concerns can be dealt with in an informal manner to the satisfaction of all concerned, it is advisable that detailed records are maintained in respect of all complaints and that all parties are advised of the formal complaints and appeals procedure. All reasonable efforts to resolve matters should be exhausted at local level before accessing the appeals procedure.
Any person who has a complaint or concern should bring it to the attention of the Club secretary.
The complaint or concern should be in writing and should outline all relevant details and other parties involved.
The Club Secretary will acknowledge receipt of the complaint.
The complaint or concern should then be brought to the attention of the chairperson in line with club rules who will convene a 3 person disciplinary committee/panel, unless the complaint or concern relates to a child abuse matter or criminal offence that meets criteria for formal reporting to the statutory authorities.
Where there are potential contentious issues, due consideration will be given to ensure the independence of the disciplinary committee/panel.
The disciplinary committee/panel should furnish any participant with details of the complaint being made against them and afford them the opportunity of providing a response either verbally or in writing. In the event of a complaint against a child, the parents/guardians should be informed and advised of the process.
The disciplinary committee/panel should then hear the case of all parties involved and decide if a rule or regulation has been infringed.
The disciplinary committee/panel should then inform in writing those involved of their decision and the sanctions if any that are to be imposed. This notification should be in writing, setting out the reasons for the sanction. (Written notification will be forwarded to parents if the proceedings involve a participant under eighteen years of age)
Any party unhappy with the findings of the disciplinary committee/panel can appeal the decision in writing to the club chairperson.
The appeal will be heard by the executive committee of the Club, the case and all evidence, will be considered. The executive committee will have the power to uphold or reject the appeal or to vary, alter or set aside any sanction imposed by the disciplinary committee/panel. Written confidential records in relation to disciplinary proceedings will be safely and confidentially kept on file.
Anonymous complaints can be difficult to deal with, however they cannot be ignored. All complaints relating to inappropriate behaviour/poor practice should be brought to the attention of the Chairperson of the Club. In all cases the safety and welfare of the child/children is paramount. All complaints will be checked out and handled in a confidential manner. All such complaints and actions taken will be recorded and kept on file.
Rumours should not be allowed hang in the air. Any rumour/s relating to inappropriate behaviour/s circulating in the club should be brought to the attention of the Chairperson and checked out promptly. All ensuing information should be handled confidentially and with sensitivity.
Confidentiality is about managing information in a respectful, professional and purposeful manner. It is important that the rights of both the child and the person about whom the complaint has been made are protected. Therefore, appropriate confidentiality will be maintained in respect of all issues and people involved in concerns about the welfare of a child or bad practice within the club.
The following points will be borne in mind:
A guarantee of confidentiality or undertakings regarding secrecy cannot be given, as the welfare of the child will supersede all other considerations.
All information will be treated in a careful and sensitive manner and will only be discussed with those who need to know.
Information will be conveyed to the parents/guardians of a child about whom there are concerns in a sensitive way. Giving information to others on a “need to know” basis for the protection of a child is not a breach of confidentiality.
Managers/Coaches code of conduct
WAYSIDE CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Team Managers/Coaches Code of Conduct
- This code of conduct and the guidelines contained herein are designed to protect both our players and our Managers/Coaches and to help everyone uphold the laws and ethics of the game.
- Coaches/Managers are key to the establishment of good ethics in football and their concept of ethics and their attitudes directly affects the behaviour and attitude of players under their supervision.
- Coaches/Managers are expected to pay close attention to the moral aspects of their general conduct and to ensure it’s consistent with the Club Ethos and in line with FAI Guidelines (available from Schoolboy Secretary).
- Most children and their respective Managers/Coaches would naturally prefer to be winning matches. That said the best interests of children (especially at an early age) are served by providing a football environment that concentrates on improving and developing their football skills, allowing them to make friends and, above all, ensuring they have lots of Fun. At schoolboy level Managers/Coaches at the Club must disassociate themselves from the “winning at all costs” mentality. This mentality inhibits player development and can lead to young players having a sense of frustration and failure. The Clubs approach in this regard is consistent with FAI Guidelines for the development of young players which the Club fully supports. The health, safety, welfare, moral education and skill development are Club priorities and MUST at all times be put before the achievement or reputation of any Manager and/or Coach.
- We would ask all Managers/Coaches to familiarise themselves with the following Club policies so they can understand and appreciate the expectations of the Club , the Schoolboy Committee, the Parents/Guardians and the Children:
- Players Code of Conduct
- Parents/Guardian /Spectators Code of Conduct
- Child Protection Policy
- Trips Away Policy
- Coaches/Managers should also be aware that it is a pre-requisite before participating with teams that Garda Vetting Applications must be processed and a Volunteer registration form completed. Both are available from the Schoolboy Secretary.
- If you recruit somebody to help with your team, that person MUST be approved by the schoolboy committee in advance and go through the same process above.
- Managers/Coaches are required to keep both match record sheets and attendance record sheets for training sessions. These are important to ensure there is an official record of attendance and playing time etc. These help protect the Manager/Coach. Such forms must be available if requested by the Schoolboy Committee, the Child Protection Officer or the Age Co-Ordinator. The match record sheets will record playing time per player and also track goals scored, while the training record sheets will track attendance at training. These forms are available from the Schoolboy Secretary.
- Managers/Coaches should appreciate that young children’s reasons for playing football and their expectations and values are quite different from those of adults.
- Managers and Coaches are encouraged to develop their coaching skills by attending Coach Education Programmes such as FAI Kick Start 1, Kick Start 2 etc. and the Club will pay or reimburse the cost of attendance. Such courses are also advertised periodically especially if they are being held at the Club grounds. Please consult with the Schoolboy Secretary if you are interested in further developing your coaching skills or want to participate in the Coaching Development Programme details of which can be found on the Clubhouse notice board. The coach needs to learn and develop the skills required to coach children to maximise their potential.
- Effective from 2015/16 there will be Roll on/Roll Off (Ro Ro) substitutes at all age levels.
- The Club strongly discourages the use of permanent substitutes and advocates that all players should get minimum playing time at least consistent with FAI player development guidelines. In the interests of fair play the strongest team should not necessarily start every game. It’s up to the Managers/Coaches to use their skills to field a combination of players at different stages of the game to achieve the best result making sure throughout that all players are treated fairly.
- Managers/Coaches must be prepared to allow their players to move to other teams if it is felt by the Club to be in their best interests of the player’s future development.
- Avoid dictating to players on the on the side line as this only undermines their confidence and hinders their development. Appropriate advice and guidance can be given at half-time.
- Age-Co-Ordinators or other Club Officials may seek assistance from Managers in collecting outstanding registration fees from time to time.
- Resist the temptation to engage in verbal squabbles, inappropriate language or gestures with match officials, opposition teams or parents as it reflects badly on the Club. Ignore any that may arrive in your direction from the opposition.
- Cooperate fully with any person the club appoints to work with your players or team. (e.g. other coaches, physiotherapists, Doctor, kit personnel, age coordinators)
- Never have Players contact details or phone numbers stored or your phone or any other place. Managers/Coaches should have Parents contact details only.
- Managers/Coaches should avoid situations where they are asked to give a child a lift in their car unless accompanied by others for the full duration of the trip.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every player on their team, and treat each player equally.
- Ensure that the activities you advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience & ability of your players.
- First Aid training was provided by the Club during 2014/15 season and First Aid Kits will be made available to Managers this season. If you do not have a First Aid Kit or you need to replenish an existing one please liaise with the Schoolboy Secretary.
Breaches of codes of conduct or club policies will be dealt with through the clubs discipline and appeals procedure, and could result in offenders being suspended or expelled from the Club.
Some Key Principles in Managing/Coaching
- Motivate your players positively – it builds their self-confidence and self-motivation.
- Praise and encourage your players and give them the freedom to express themselves.
- Let the players make their own decisions on the pitch. You have already coached and guided them before the game, at training sessions and also played training matches. Avoid constantly instructing them on what to do during a match. Coaches must accept that mistakes are part of the game and part of player learning and development.
- Focus on the quality of play (when attacking, defending and in transition) rather than on winning games.
- Set development goals on what you want to achieve with your team/players. For example, today we are focusing on attacking play, defending, closing down, maintaining possession, passing, keeping your heads up etc.
- Engage with your players by asking questions, getting their views and opinions. Talk and discussion will create awareness of their role.
- Use language that is simple and age appropriate.
- Demonstrate and participate in the training routines what you want them to do so they fully understand.
- Lots of patience helps - especially at the younger groups.
In promoting “Sport for Fun” the Club will insist on:
- Encouraging participation and fun
- Promoting the development of skills as opposed to winning at all costs
- Ensure fair playing time for every player as set out in playing time section below
- Emphasising and praising effort
- Acting as good role models
- Insisting on Fair Play (offending players must be removed from the field of play)
- Being realistic with our expectations
- Being aware of children’s feelings
- Teaching players to respect different cultures
- Teaching players that standards of behaviour are just as important as winning
- Encouraging respect for referees, opposition players and managers/coaches.
- Not having permanent substitutes on any teams.
- Match results should be texted or emailed to the schoolboy Secretary as soon as possible on the same day.
- Two weeks’ notice must be given for game cancellations (max 2 per season)
- Any incidents or accidents during games or training must be reported to the Schoolboy secretary immediately. (e.g. managers/parents being sent from grounds by match officials, Red Cards, injuries to players or any other incident which the committee need to know about)
- It is the Managers responsibility to ensure nets/corner flags are put up for games and taken down after games where appropriate and also to ensure goal posts are safe in accordance with FAI goal post regulations, When playing away, please check goal posts are securely staked down.
Travelling to Away Games:
When travelling with young people Managers/Coaches of Club must:
- Ensure that you have adequate motor insurance cover in place
- Not carry more than the permitted number of passengers
- Ensure the use of safety belts & always keep to the rules of the road
- Avoid being alone with one player; if with one player you could: put the passenger in the back seat, drop off team at central locations, get parental permission for transporting children on a regular basis, and clearly state times of pick off and drop off
- All Managers/Coaches must ensure that fair playing time is provided to all players subject to the minimum requirements as set out in the FAI Player Development Plan.
- Managers/Coaches can more easily implement this due to Roll Off/Roll Off substitutions applying to all age groups from 2015/16 season. This will also assist players to develop to their full potential.
Dealing with Injuries
- Coaches should not treat injuries out of sight of others.
- Use a "Two-Deep" (two personnel, or two players) supervision system.
- Only personnel who are qualified in administering First Aid or treating sports injuries should attempt to treat an injury.
- The comfort level and dignity of the player should always be the priority. Example: Only uncover the injured area, or cover private areas of the player’s body.
- Any doubts of a medical nature should be passed on to a suitably qualified medical person.
- Coaches must not play injured players.
- First Aid Kits should be taken to all games.
- Any series injuries suffered by players must be reported to the Schoolboy Secretary and/or the Club’s Child Welfare Officer ASAP.
Child Protection Policy
- No person representing the Club is permitted to instruct players in a manner that a child may feel intimidated or threatened during the course of a match and/or training sessions or whilst attending any other Club event.
- Persons representing the Club should be sensitive to the risks involved in participating in contact sports or other activities
- While gentle physical contact may be considered a valid way of comforting, reassuring and showing concern for children, it should only take place in public view and when it is acceptable to all persons concerned.
- No person representing the Club should ever physically punish or be in any way verbally abusive to a child, nor should they tell inappropriate jokes in the presence of children.
- Club representatives should be sensitive to the possibility of developing favouritism, or becoming over involved or spending a great deal of time with any one child.
- Children should be encouraged to report cases of bullying to either a child protection officer, or a Club Representative of their choice. All concerns or complaints must be brought to the attention of the Schoolboy Committee immediately.
- Everyone involved in the Club should respect the personal space, safety and privacy of individuals.
- Club Representatives are advised to avoid situations where they are asked to give a child a lift in their car unless accompanied by others for the full duration.
- Any series injuries suffered by players must be reported to the Schoolboy Secretary and/or the Club’s Child Welfare Officer ASAP.
All managers/Coaches/volunteers of Wayside Celtic FC are advised that:
- Any necessary physical contact should be in response to the immediate needs of the child (such as First aid) and not the adult
- It should be in an open environment with the permission and full understanding of the player
- It should be determined by the age and developmental stage of the player. You should not do anything that a child can do for him/herself
Comforting/congratulating players, Guidelines for this type of touch are:
- Limit touching to "safe" areas, such as hand-to-shoulder, hand to hand.
- Make your intention to congratulate or comfort clear to the player.
- Avoid embracing players unless it’s initiated by the player.
- Respect a players discomfort or rejection of physical contact.
Be sure that touching occurs only when others are present
This code of conduct and guidelines contained herein are designed to protect players and coaches alike and all managers & Coaches must follow the guidelines contained herein, in the interest of player safety & welfare, and the enjoyment of all who participate in Sport at Wayside Celtic Football Club.