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Code of Conduct

Coaches and Officials Code

Coaches, Officials and Volunteers Code of Conduct
Sport should be safe, fun and conducted in a spirit of fair play
All coaches, officials and volunteers in Celbridge Athletic Club should:

  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and the experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club.
  • 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.
  • Read, understand and put into practice all club policies and procedures.

Coaches and leaders should never place themselves in a compromising position by texting or communicating via social media sites with juvenile athletes. All such communications regarding athletics should be sent via the parents or guardians of the athlete.
The following should apply when communicating with juvenile athletes
Do use a club group text or email system for communicating with parents/guardians of athletes.

  • Do not communicate individually by text or email with juvenile athletes.
  • Do not engage in communications with underage athletes via personal social network sites.
  • Always use official club group text or social media sites to communicate with juvenile athletes.

Code of Conduct for Children and Young Athletes in Celbridge Athletic Club

Sport should be safe, fun and conducted in a spirit of fair play.
As a young person you are entitled to the best possible environment to participate in sport.
You deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free from abuse of any kind.
You have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that you must accept.
You should always treat other athletes and team leaders with fairness and respect.  You are entitled to:

  • Be safe and to feel safe
  • Be listened to
  • Be believed
  • Be treated with dignity, sensitivity, and respect
  • Have your voice heard in your sport
  • Participate on an equal and non-discriminatory  basis
  • Have fun and enjoy your sport
  • Experience competition at a level at which you are happy
  • Make complaints and have them dealt with
  • Get help against those who bully
  • Say No
  • To protect your body
  • Privacy and confidentiality

You should always:

  • Treat all group or team members and your Sports Leaders with respect
  • Act fairly and responsibly at all times, do your best
  • Respect other group or team members
  • Respect opponents and be gracious in defeat
  • Abide by the rules as set out by the group or team you are with
  • Support and assist where appropriate with the running of your group

You should never:

  • Cheat or seek to gain an unfair advantage
  • Intimidate, use violence or physical contact that is not welcome
  • Shout at or argue with another person unreasonably
  • Cause harm to or damage property
  • Bully or threaten another person online or offline
  • Take banned substances or consume alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Spread or circulate rumours online or offline about another person
  • Tell lies
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