19th August 2019

Club Rules

What we expect of our players:

  • To be on time for training and matches
  • To telephone in good time if you are unable to attend matches
  • Wear shin pads at all times
  • Support your teammates at all times
  • Treat opponents with respect and shake hands after every match irrespective of the result
  • NEVER use foul or abusive language or threatening behavior
  • Obey the laws of the game
  • Be committed to your team and teammates
  • Listen when your coaches or manager are talking
  • Respect facilities and equipment both home and away, but
  • Enjoy yourselves because that is what football is all about

What we expect of our parents:

  • If your child is unable to attend training or a match to contact the coach in good time
  • Not to criticise any child during or after a match or training
  • Don’t expect the children to be as good as adults. Let them enjoy the game
  • Encourage fair play at all times
  • Remember that the referee’s decision is final. Discuss any complaints with the manager after the game
  • Feel free to approach the coaches about any problems or concerns regarding training or the running of the team
  • Never use foul language at a match or during training
  • Let the coaches coach

What we expect of our coaches and managers:

  • To be dedicated to the team
  • To encourage all team players
  • To encourage team spirit
  • To do warm-ups and cool downs
  • To listen to the views and comments from the children and their parents
  • To keep parents informed
  • To try to raise money for the good of the team
  • Not to allow foul language or foul play in the team
  • To promote fair play and respect

Child Protection Policy

The introduction of this Child Protection Policy should be seen as a clear signal that the Club is determined to ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect those children and young people who participate in youth football within all age groups.

Welfare and Protection

It is essential that those children and young people attracted to and participating in football are in a safe and enjoyable environment.In striving to attain this, The Football Association has the following objectives:

A requirement that all bodies affiliated to The Football Association as Charter Standard Organisations, affiliated through the County Associations, which provide the opportunity to work with children and young people up to the age of eighteen, include in their rules a policy statement concerning child protection.

To provide ongoing development and training opportunities to all organisations as mentioned above. To provide ongoing development and training opportunities:

  • For members of the F A Coaches Association. As an integral part of all F A Coach & Medical Education courses and courses for Referees. In staff development courses for members of The F A Premier League & The Football League.
  • Through the County Football Association structure.
  • Through the process of attaining and maintaining the Charter Standard Award.

The aims of the FA Child Protection Policy are:

  • To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all children and young people who play football, enabling them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment. To deliver quality assured child protection training and build a network of tutors to facilitate this delivery, in conjunction with, and supported by the NSPCC. To demonstrate best practice in the area of child protection.
  • To promote ethics and high standards throughout football

The key principles underpinning this Policy are that:

  • The child’s welfare is, and must be the paramount consideration. All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial region, religious beliefs or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. Working in partnership with children and young people and their parent/carers is essential. Social Services Departments have a statutory responsibility to ensure the welfare of children and young people. The Football Association is committed to working together with Social Services
  • Departments and Local Area Protection Committees (ACPA) in accordance with their procedures.

The Football Association’s Regulations on child protection are defined in the FA Handbook and are:

  • Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute. In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes The Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children. Upon receipt by Association of: Notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence, or Notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Social Services or any other authority relating to an Offence, or
  • Any other information which causes The Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children

The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such a period and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 2 should be made The Association shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:

  • Whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm. Whether the matters are of a serious nature. Whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded. The period of an order referred to in 2 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under the rules of The Association or any Offence is decided or brought to an end. Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 2 above, The Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable. Where a person is convicted of is made the subject of a caution in respect of an Offence, that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The Association and The Association shall have the power to order the suspension of the person from all or any specific football for such period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit. For the purpose of these Regulations, The Association shall act through its Council or any committee or sub-committee thereof, including the Board.
  • Notification in writing of any order referred to above shall be given to the person concerned and/or any club with which he is associated as soon as reasonable practicable.

FA Guidance on Photography

There has been much talk about whether it’s safe to take pictures of under 18s playing sport. The FA would like to assure parents, carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.Potential risksThe FA has developed this guidance to help avoid the following:The inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images for use on child abuse websites on the internet (often referred to as pornography sites). The identification of children when a photograph is accompanied by significant personal information that will assist a third party in identifying the child. This can lead, and has led, to children being’groomed’ The identification and locating of children in inappropriate circumstances which include:

  • where a child has been removed from his/her family for their own safety. where restrictions on contact with one parent following a parental separation exist e.g. in domestic violence cases.
  • in situations where a child may be a witness in criminal proceedings.
  • other child protection concerns.

The majority of images taken are appropriate and taken in good faith. If we take the following simple measures we can help to ensure the safety of children in football.Common sense considerations to ensure everyone’s safety:

Do

  • Share The FA’s guidance on taking images with all parents, carers and members when they join the club. Ensure the club has parental consent to use a player’s image if it is to be used in the public domain e.g. club website or newspaper article. This is essential in relation to point 3 below.
  • Ensure that any child in your club who is under care proceedings, is protected by ensuring that their image is not placed in the public domain. This can be done by using an annual consent form, so that parents/carers can identify if this applies to children in their care (visit www.TheFA.com/Goal and click on the downloads ‘Travel and Trips Advice’ to access a template annual consent form). Focus on the activity rather than the individual.
  • Ensure all those featured are appropriately dressed (a minimum of vest or shirt and shorts). Aim to take pictures which represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in football e.g. boys and girls, disabled people, ethnic minority communities.
  • Report any instances of inappropriate images in football to The FA Case Manager or the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) contact details can be found on the following page.

Don’t

  • Publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless you have written consent to do so and you have informed the parents as to how the image will be used.
  • Use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on websites. Use an image for something other than that for which it was initially agreed, e.g.published in local press when initially produced for a clubhouse commemorative picture.
  • Allow images to be recorded in changing rooms, showers or toilets – this includes the use of mobile phones that record images.

Remember

  • It’s not an offense to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so.
  • No one has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land. If you have serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images then call the police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk.
  • The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and/or videoing of football activities will be permitted when carried out on private land. However you need to make this known before allowing individuals access to the private property. If they do not comply then you may request that they leave.
  • Try not to use images that include individuals wearing jewellery (as wearing jewellery whilst playing is contrary to the Laws of the Game as well as being a health and safety issue).

Commissioning professional photographers and the local media

If you are commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to cover a football activity ensure you and they are clear about each other’s expectations. Remember the key is to plan ahead and communicate early on.

Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behavior. Inform them of your club’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people and establish who will hold the recorded images and what they intend to do with them, e.g. place on a website for sale, distribute thumb nails to the club to co-ordinate sales.

Issue the professional photographer with identification, which must be worn at all times.Inform participants and parents or carers prior to the event that a professional photographer will be in attendance and ensure you have established that no under 18s will be compromised due to child protection concerns if their image is taken — remember this can be done by using the annual consent form at the start of the season.

The Field of Play

Please see the laws of the game for 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11