Codes of Conduct

cropped-logobig.png Heaton Harriers abides by England Athletics Welfare Policy and Procedures as can be seen on England Athletics website and set out below: 

Codes of Conduct Reviewed Sept 2016

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 and treat everyone equally. 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 . Always thank the coaches and officials 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 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 . Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others . Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour . Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them N.ot 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, 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 (why, where and when you will return) . Do not respond if someone seeks private information unrelated to athletics such as personal information, home life information . 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

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 and treat everyone equally.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance
  • Be appropriately qualified including obtaining DBS clearance, update your licence and education as and when required by UKA and adhere to the terms of the 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 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/coaching assistant.

Code of practice for club officials and volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All volunteers must:

  • Consider the well-being 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 experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play).
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the National Governing Body and the club.
  • Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain 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 behavior.

Code of practice for parents/carers

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behavior.