Code of conduct

Prestwich & Whitefield Junior Football Club Codes of Conduct


Code of Conduct for Team Officials
This code applies to all team/club officials (although some may not apply to all).

Obligations towards the game: The team official should;
• Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
• Promote and develop own team having regard to the interest of the players, supporters and the reputation of the national game
• Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the
body that has requested this rather than personal interests
• Avoid all forms of gamesmanship
• Show due respect to match official’s and others involved in the game
• Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
• Not use or tolerate inappropriate language Obligations towards the team: The team official should;
• Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to
obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means
• Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests
• Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banded substances and techniques
• Promote ethical principles
• Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other official’s, at their own club/team
Obligations towards the supporters: The team official should;
• Show due respect to the interest of supporters
Respect towards the match official’s: The team official should;
• Accept the decisions of the match official without protest
• Avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official
• Show due respect toward match official’s

Code of Conduct for Players
Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But not winning at any cost – Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is also fundamentally important. This code focuses on players involved in top
class football. Nevertheless, the key concepts in the code are valid for players at all levels.

Obligations towards the game: A player should;
• Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities in terms of skills, technique, tactics and
• Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his/her
team is in a positon where the desired result has already been achieved
• Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
• Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting
• Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an
opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
• Not use inappropriate language
Obligations towards one’s own team: A player should;
• Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his/her own team
win • Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his/her commitment
to the team winning
Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition Rules: A Player should;
• Know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules
• Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally
• Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques Respect towards
opponents: A player should
• Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game
• Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured
Respect toward the match official’s: A player should;
• Abide by the instructions of their coach and team official’s, provided they do not contradict the
spirit of this code
• Show respect towards the team official’s and the opposition
Obligations toward the supporters: A player should;
• Show respect to the interests of supporters
Club Complaints Procedure
In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way of that the
Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct has been broken they should follow the procedures below

They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the committee
The report should include:
• Details of what, when and where the occurrence took place
• Any witness statement(s) and names
• Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way
• Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made
• A preference for a solution to the incident
The Club’s Management Committee will have the power to;
• Warn as to future conduct
• Suspend from membership
• Remove from membership any person found to have broken the Club’s Policies or Codes of
Conduct. If the complaint is with regard to the Club’s Management the member has the right to
report the discrimination direct to the relevant County Football Association. As the governing body
of the game, The FA is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at
every level. It is essential that the club is fair and consistent.
The following options can be considered;
• Verbal warning
• Written warning
• Exclusion from specified number of matches
• Exclusion from specified number of training sessions
• Removal from team for remainder of current season
• Refusal to register with team for future season
The following options can be considered;
• Complaints can be submitted in the first instance to the Club Welfare officer Committee –
Margaret Marsh 07870 988938. Alternatively where the issue relates to
a technical aspect, the concern can also be submitted to the appropriate age group coach
• Complaints can be directed to the club chairman
• Complaints can be directed to the club committee • All complaints must be submitted in writing to
the club committee
• If an individual is unhappy with the outcome of their original complaint they can appeal to the
club committee
• The outcome of an appeal to the club committee is final • Individuals have the right to seek
guidance from the County FA where they feel they have been unfairly treated by the club’s

Code of Conduct for Coaches

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each
    equally within the context of the sport
  • Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations,
    including the development of performance
  • Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by the Rules of The Football Association
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each players based on
    mutual trust and respect
  • Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour
    and performance
  • Coaches must ensure that the actives they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age,
    maturity, experience and ability of players
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, the
    parents/carers) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect
    from their coach
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, official’s, sports
    scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player
  • 0. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. Fair Play) and never
    condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of
    the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance. Coaches
    must not use or tolerate inappropriate language of behaviour
    Health & Safety policy
    • Have public and civil liability insurance
    • For all age-groups there should always be 2 adults and a minimum of 1 adult to 10 children. More
    adults required when working with younger children
    • Establish where and how access is gained by emergency services to the pitch
    • Check the surface beforehand for obvious dangers e.g. broken glass, drinks cans etc
    • Ensure goalposts are erected appropriately and always supervised by adults
    • Establish emergency procedures and ensure all coaches are aware of these procedures
  • • Have an Incident/Accident Report Form