Code of Conduct

Waldringfield Sailing Club Code of Conduct

It is the policy of Waldringfield Sailing Club that all participants, coaches, instructors, officials, parents and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club. The aim is for all participants to enjoy our sport and to improve performance.

Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.

Participants will

  • Listen to and accept what we are asked to do to improve our performance and keep everyone safe
  • Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers
  • Abide by the rules and play fairly
  • Do our best at all times
  • Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online
  • Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the club or its members

Parents will

  • Support their child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport
  • Help their child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force their child to take part in sport
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Encourage and guide their child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance
  • Respect and support the coach
  • Accept officials’ judgements and recognise good performance by all participants
  • Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute
  • Inform the club or event organisers of relevant medical information
  • Ensure that their child wears suitable clothing and has appropriate food and drink
  • Provide contact details and be available when required
  • Take responsibility for their child’s safety and conduct in and around the clubhouse/event venue

Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers

  • Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Encourage participants to value their performance and not just results
  • Promote fair play and never condone cheating
  • Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  • Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect
  • Work in an open environment
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people
  • Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people
  • Communicate clearly with parents and participants
  • Be aware of any relevant medical information
  • Follow RYA and club/class guidelines and policies
  • Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Ethics and Conduct
  • Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.

If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform your Club / the person in charge of the activity or Ali Sudell (07979856366).

March 2016