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Code of Conduct

Responsibilities

It is now ever more important that all involved understand their responsibilities to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all players, officials and spectators. The Club is working towards achieving FA Charter standard this year. A key component of this is that parents, players and officials are aware of the behaviour and conduct expected by the Club, the FA and by other interested parties, such as local residents. 

Referees

Parents who volunteer to referee games need our support because it is far harder than most people imagine. Regardless of what we think of their decisions, their decisions are binding, and once we have agreed upon a referee for a game, they have full control. Managers and coaches are not permitted to run onto the pitch uninvited at any stage, and neither are parents. We need to be the ones teaching our children to accept referees’ decisions (even those that are clearly inaccurate). In particular we need to inform each team captain that they need to control their team-mates and refrain from confronting / arguing with the referees. The consequences of an escalation of bad behaviour can be very serious for the player, the team, the manager and the Club.

We are often told that there is never a problem with respecting the referee in rugby. We simply do not accept that football has to be any different - it is down to us as club officials and parents to turn this perception around and also to make it very clear to visiting teams that we will not tolerate anti-social, threatening or unsporting behaviour, especially from their parents.


Code of Conduct

Parents

  • Remain outside the field of play and behind the ‘respect’ barrier
  • Applaud effort and good play (by both sides) as well as success.
  • Remember that children play for FUN.
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do.
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials.
  • Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake - children do not mean to make mistakes, and they are a necessary part of learning.
  • Do not engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

 

Managers/coaches

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, even winning.
  • Explain exactly what is expected of players, and what they can expect from the manager/coach.
  • Ensure all parents/carers understand these expectations.
  • Respect the match officials’ decision (do not engage in public criticism of the match official).
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission.

 

Players

  • Accept responsibility for own behaviour and performance.
  • Play fairly - don’t cheat, complain or waste time.
  • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game.
  • Respect team-mates, the other team, the referee and the coach/manager
  • Talk to someone you trust, or our club welfare officer (Emmanuel Godet) if you are unhappy about anything at the Club.