Coaches Code of Conduct

All coaches involved with child and young people on club and at performance squads should:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Ensure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play).
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour. The camps are non-smoking and non-drinking environments.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the National Governing Body.
  • Hold appropriate qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over participants to gain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Encourage participants to value their performances and not just results.
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
  • Never use foul or inappropriate language.
  • Never engage in any form of sexual relations with anyone under the age of 18, or vulnerable adults.
  • Do use a group email system for communicating with parents/guardians and coaches of athletes.
  • Do not communicate individually by social media, text or email with juvenile athletes.
  • Do not engage in communications with underage athletes individually via personal social network sites.
  • Always use official squad group text or social media sites to communicate with juvenile athletes.
  • A coaches should under no circumstances undermine the efforts of an athlete’s personal coach and/or attempt to poach an athlete within a squad environment.