PROTECTING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE YOUNG ADULTS APRIL 2018

THE CLUBS WELFARE AND PROTECTION OFFICER IS MARIE GREHAN – 07764857263

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A WELFARE ISSUE CONCERNING A GYMNAST

  • If your concern is regarding a specific incident please make a note of the date and time it occurred and report it as soon as possible. Please also make a note of the key facts relating to the incident.
  • If you are not sure about whether to report a welfare issue concerning a Gymnast we advise that you DO report it. It is important the club is aware of your concerns even if you are unsure about them. The club employees are bound by their codes of conduct to treat all reports with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.
  • If for any reason you do not wish to raise your issue concerning a gymnast with Marie Grehan, Please contact Kay Newman 01454 320662.

WAYS OF MAKING CONTACT IF YOU HAVE A WELFARE ISSUE CONCERNING A GYMNAST

  • You can raise your concerns in person by dropping into Yate International Gymnastics Centre or arrange a meeting.
  • You can phone if you are not comfortable discussing the issue in person.
  • You can write a letter highlighting your Welfare issue concerning a Gymnast and place into the post box in the reception area of the Gymnastics Centre.
  • You can send a letter anonymously highlighting your Welfare issue concerning a Gymnast. However, please be aware that it is much more difficult to
    address the problem if we cannot contact the person who has noticed it.

Please remember that these guidelines are for the children as well as parents. It doesn’t matter who makes the report, or how old they are, everyone’s Gymnast welfare issues are equally important and will be treated seriously.

Please note the role of the welfare officer is to protect the gymnast within the gym not for parent issues.

All other issues you are reminded to follow the clubs Complaints / Grievance procedure which is displayed in the clubs reception area and can be found on the clubs website www.acro-gymnastics.co.uk

Please be aware that ignorance or not having acce s s to the web site will not be accepted as an excuse.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COMPETITORS, PARENTS AND SPECTATORS APRIL 2018

The following code of conduct highlights the level of expected behaviour of gymnasts, parents and spectators when representing King Edmund Acrogymnastics (the Club) at any organised events at any level or location. The primary purpose of this code is to protect the gymnasts and the Sport and maintain the excellent reputation of the Club. This Code applies to all events attended after 01 April 2018.

In all aspects the highest level of behaviour by gymnasts, parents and spectators is expected by the Club at all times.
Behaviour that falls below this standard will result in either a verbal/written warning, disciplinary action or in extreme case dismissal.

Expectations are listed in sections 1.0 and 3.0 below. Consequences for not honouring this code of conduct are listed in sections 2.0 and 4.0. Please ensure that you have read and understand this code prior to participating in/attending any events after 01 April 2018.

Please be aware that ignorance of the contents of this Code will not be accepted as an excuse for any breach. Any complaints or problems will be dealt with fairly and as quickly as possible by either the coaches (who have authority to act immediately) or by the club Directors as quickly as possible after the event. The final decision on any matter rests with the Club Directors.

1.0 EXPECTATIONS OF COMPETITORS

1.1 Take responsibility for your own behaviour and performance.

1.2 Compete by the competition conditions and rules.

1.3 Never argue with the Judge’s, Referee’s or Umpire’s decision – if you feel there is cause to complain speak to your coach at the appropriate time.

1.4 Control your temper – no criticism by word or gesture.

1.5 Be a good sport.

1.6 Encourage and support your own team members.

1.7 Show respect for yourself, your team mates, officials, your opponents and their skills.

1.8 Behave in a manner that respects the rights of others.

1.9 Smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of any illegal substances and substance abuse is strictly forbidden.

1.10 Check all medicines with your coach before competing – as early as possible.

1.11 Go to bed at a time requested by your coach. Do not disturb others that may have been instructed to go to bed earlier than yourself.

1.12 Wear the Club uniform/tracksuit when requested by your coach.

1.13 Check-in and check-out with team management/officials each day and prior to each event.

1.14 Stay in the designated team area and support other team members during times when you are not competing.

1.15 Act responsibly, sensibly and courteously at all times – you are representing the Sport, the Club, your family, and perhaps your school, Region or Country.

1.16 Profanity, foul or offensive language will not be permitted at any time.

1.17 If you are staying in hotel or house accommodation – check for any damage to premises on arrival and notify your team official.

1.18 Keep your room tidy at all times and do not leave valuables unattended.

1.19 Do not leave the accommodation area at any time without permission from the team manager or coach.

1.20 Mixed sharing of rooms is not permitted.

2.0 CONSEQUENCES FOR BREACHES OF THIS CODE BY COMPETITORS

2.1 Team managers may deal immediately with any breaches of this code by imposing appropriate sanctions or restrictions, including not competing in remaining events, notifying parents, and/or being sent home at the parents’ cost.

2.2 Competitors may be notified orally or in writing of a temporary ban from participating or representing the Club in future events.

2.3 Competitors will be given a fair hearing in relation to any matter that requires action under this code.

2.4 In severe cases the gymnast/s may be banned from the Club.

3.0 EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS AND SPECTATORS

3.1 Cooperate at all times with the Club and its coaches/officials.

3.2 Do not interfere with the conduct of any events or decisions of the coaches.

3.3 Do not interfere with the officials or obstruct the process of running the event.

3.4 Provide a model of good sportsmanship and behaviour for your child and other gymnasts to follow.

3.5 Support skilled performances and team play with generous applause.

3.6 Demonstrate respect for opposing players and their supporters.

3.7 Always congratulate your child on their performance – the coach will deal with the mistakes if there were any!

3.8 Behave at all times in a responsible, sensible and courteous manner to everyone.

3.9 Encourage honest effort, skilled performance and team loyalty.

3.10 Do not comment adversely or argue with any officials or parents of other competitors.

3.11 Do not behave in any way whatsoever that reflects badly upon the Sport or the Club.

3.12 Do not drink excessively or behave in an unsocial manner at any time either at the event or at the Hotel.

3.13 Profanity, foul or offensive language will not be permitted at any time at any place.

4.0 CONSEQUENCES FOR BREACHES OF THIS CODE BY PARENTS / SPECTATORS

4.1 Team managers and event organisers may deal immediately with any breaches of this code by warning offenders about their conduct, asking offenders to leave venues, and calling police to intervene where necessary.

4.2 Parents and spectators may be notified orally or in writing of a temporary ban from attending any future Club events.

4.3 In certain or repetitive cases the parents and gymnasts may be banned from the Club.