The full Club Codes of Conduct are available to view and download here:

JHAC Codes of Conduct November 2018 PDF.

Printed copies of the Codes of Conduct can be found on the notice board in the Club House at Monkton Stadium.

All Codes of Conduct reviewed and updated November 2018.

 

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club

Code of Conduct for the Club

As a responsible Athletics Club we will:

  • Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with our Welfare Procedures.
  • Appoint a Welfare Officer, preferably two, one male and one female, and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers operating within the club environment hold the necessary qualifications and have undertaken the appropriate checks, such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) / Disclosure Scotland checks, licences and qualifications in as massage, sports nutrition, and other areas, where applicable.
  • Ensure that coaches, technical officials and club officers attend recommended training in welfare and safeguarding and protecting children, as appropriate.
  • Liaise appropriately with parents/people with parental responsibility, officials, coaches, sports scientists, national governing bodies and other relevant people or organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained.
  • Ensure that information is available at the club and to all club officers, team managers, coaches and officials regarding contact details for local children’s services, the police and the NSPCC.
  • Ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to others, including younger members.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above other considerations,including the development of performance.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, coaches, technical officials or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all personal information is collected, held and used in accordance with the Club’s Data Protection policy and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club

Code of Conduct for Coaches

As a responsible athletics coach you will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete and others involved in athletics.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance.
  • Be appropriately vetted and qualified, including obtaining Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, update your coaching licence and qualifications as required by UKA, and adhere to the terms of your coaching licence.
  • Ensure that activities you direct or guide are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual athlete.
  • At the outset clarify with athletes (and where appropriate, with parents or carers) exactly what it is that is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from you.
  • Never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching. If approached by an athlete receiving coaching, please refer immediately to the coach currently providing coaching support.
  • Try to observe a recommended maximum ratio of 1 coach to 12 athletes at a training session, or work in partnership with another coach or coaching assistant.
  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport, such as technical officials, team managers, other coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body, in the best interests of the athlete.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
  • Encourage and guide athletes to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
  • Develop appropriate working relationships with athletes based on mutual trust and respect, especially with those athletes under 18 years or vulnerable adults.
  • Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • A coach must strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with athletes and not conduct inappropriate relationships with athletes. Relationship with athletes can cause problems for other team members, raising concerns of favouritism and/or victimisation should the relationship later deteriorate.
  • In particular, coaches must not allow an intimate personal relationship to develop between them and any athlete aged under 18 years. Any violation of this could result in a coach licence being withdrawn. It is a criminal offence to conduct an intimate relationship with an athlete aged under 16 years. It is also a violation of your coaching licence to form an intimate relationship with a vulnerable adult coached by you, and could also be a criminal offence.
  • It is strongly recommended that you do not allow intimate relationships to develop between yourself and athletes coached by you aged over 18 years.

As a responsible coach, when participating in or attending any athletics activity, including training/coaching sessions and competition events, you must: 

  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour, including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Not use language or engage in behaviour which is demeaning or discriminatory, particularly on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Be aware that your attitude and behaviour directly affects the behaviour of athletes under your supervision, especially young athletes.
  • Ensure that risks to athletes are minimised when delivering training sessions; taking heed of weather conditions, lighting, visibility and the running surface. When delivering training sessions on streets, particularly during winter, coaches must ensure that all athletes wear high visibility or reflective clothing. If athletes turn up for night time sessions without suitable clothing, coaches should provide them with reflective bibs, which will be supplied by the Club.
  • Never engage in or encourage any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues and training facilities as you find them.
  • Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others,excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity.

In addition, coaches should follow these guidelines on best coaching practice, in particular with young athletes or with vulnerable adults

  • Avoid overly-critical, belittling language or sarcasm,which could undermine an athlete’s confidence and self-esteem.
  • Avoid spending time alone with young athletes,unless clearly in the view of others, to protect both yourself and the young athlete. In certain circumstances, for example when coaching elite young athletes, one-to-one coaching sessions may form part of the required training schedule. In these circumstances, parental/guardian consent must be sought and obtained prior to sessions taking place. The coach must inform the parent/guardian of the venue for training and an emergency contact number should be provided by both the coach and the parent or guardian.
  • Avoid taking young athletes alone in your car.
  • Never invite a young athlete alone into your home.
  • Never share a bedroom with a child.
  • Always explain why and ask for consent before touching an athlete.
  • Ensure that parents/carers know and have given consent before taking a young athlete away from the usual training venue.
  • Work in same-sex pairs if supervising changing areas.
  • Respect the right of athletes to an independent life outside of athletics
  • Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to the parents/carers and club Welfare Officer as soon as possible.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible.
  • Handle all personal information on athletes, club members, parents/carers and others in a manner consistent with the Club’s Data Protection and privacy policies.

 

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club

Code of Conduct for Athletes

As a responsible athlete you will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics.
  • Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics.
  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the yourself and other athletes.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances.
  • Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time.
  • Inform your coach of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving.
  • Be appreciative and thank the coaches, officials and volunteers who enable you to participate in athletics.

As a responsible Athlete, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:

  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.
  • Avoid swearing, abusive language and irresponsible behaviour,including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
  • Not use language or engage in behaviour which is demeaning or discriminatory, particularly on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues and training facilities as you find them.
  • Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others,excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity.
  • Wear high visibility vests or reflective clothing whilst running or training on the streets at night, or during low-light conditions, particularly during winter. Reflective bibs are available from the club house and will be provided by your coach. The Club accepts no liability for members who are injured as a result of not wearing appropriate clothing whilst training.
  • Remember that you do not have right of way on the public footpath, so please give way to other pedestrian

In addition, athletes, especially young athletes and vulnerable adults, should follow these guidelines on safe participation in athletics:

  • Notify a responsible adult if you have to go somewhere (Including why you have to go, where you are going and when you will return).
  • Do not respond if someone seeks information from you unrelated to athletics, such as personal information and information about your private or social life.
  • Strictly maintain boundaries between friendship and intimacy with a coach or technical official.
  • Never accept lifts in cars or invitations into homes on your own,without the prior knowledge and consent of your parent/carer.
  • Use safe transport or travel arrangements.
  • Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to your parents/carers and club Welfare Officer as soon as possible.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by coaches or other people involved in athletics to the club Welfare Officer as soon as possible.
  • Ensure your Club membership and England Athletics information is kept up to date and that you inform the Club of any changes to your club affiliation, contact details, emergency contact information and medical conditions.
  • Members who do not acknowledge the rules of the club will be given a verbal warning,followed by a written warning, followed by suspension or even exclusion if the situation is deemed to be serious.