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Code Of Conduct


Coaches and volunteers involved in sport for young people have a great opportunity to be a positive role model and help build an individual’s confidence.

As a volunteer at Ironsides Junior Rugby, in whatever role, you shall adhere to the core values of the game as set out by the RFU. These are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create; they define the game and define England Rugby; they are:

Teamwork • Respect • Enjoyment • Discipline • Sportsmanship.

You are also expected to:

  • Hold a valid DBS certificate;
  • Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision, proper pre-planning of coachingsessions, using safe methods at all times;
  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development ofperformance;
  • Be positive, approachable and offer praise to promote the objectives of the club at alltimes;
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance andbehaviour;
  • Communicate clearly and transparently;
  • Take time to explain coaching techniques to ensure they are clearly understood;
  • Appreciate the efforts of all young people and not over-train the young people. Neverexert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward;
  • Treat all young people equally and ensure they feel valued. Have no favourites;
  • Respect and listen to the opinions of young people;
  • Encourage all children not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race,gender, social classes or lack of ability;
  • Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language orinappropriate behaviour towards or by players, officials, other volunteers or spectators;
  • Not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually;
  • Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind to go unchallenged or unrecorded ifappropriate. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in the club incident/accident book.Parents will be informed;
  • Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse or poor practice to the designated person;
  • Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required refer moreserious incidents to the club "first aider";
  • Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required;
  • Foster team work to ensure the safety of youth members in their care;
  • Ensure the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced; 
  • Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information;
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect;
  • Be a role model, displaying consistently high standard of behaviour and appearance (disciplined/committed/time keeping), remember children learn by example;
  • Refrain from smoking and consumption of alcohol during coaching sessions or sessions where you are directly responsible for players;
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances;
  • Protect yourself from false accusation by: o not spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others
    • o never taking children to their home
    • o not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others;
  •  Hold appropriate valid qualifications, or underake appropriate training and coaching development; and
  • Make the game of rugby FUN.

As a volunteer with Ironsides Junior Rugby, the Club will endeavour to provide you with:

  • Access ongoing training and information on all aspects of leading/managing activities for youths, particularly on Safeguarding;
  • Support in the reporting of suspected abuse;
  • Access to professional support services;
  • Fair and equitable treatment by the governing body/club; and
  • Protection from abuse by children/youths, other adult members and parents.

Any misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the Head Coach for your year group and the Chairman for your age section. Persistent breach of the Code may result in you being asked to step down from your role and could also result in suspension or dismissal from the Club.

Appeals against any sanctions must be lodged within four weeks with the Club Secretary, who will convene an appropriate committee of three or more Offices of the Club to hear the case.


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