Code of Conduct for Coaches, Officials and Volunteers

All coaches, officials and volunteers are included in this code of conduct.
A coach is classified as someone with a coaching qualification of a minimum uk:athletics Level 1. Coaches will sign their UKA coaching licence and update their education and licence as and when required by UKA.

Any volunteer should be working clearly under the direct supervision of an appropriately qualified person.

As a responsible coach, volunteer, official or administrator you will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete and treat everyone equally regardless of background or ability.
  • Familiarise yourself with the club’s Equity Statement.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance. Undue influence should not be exerted on an athlete to gain personal benefit or reward.
  • Ensure there is a balance between the development of performance and the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the individual.
  • Be responsible for the safety of athletes in your care. Equipment and conditions within the working environment should be checked in accordance with usage and guidelines.
  • Do not encourage athletes to train or compete on an injury.
  • Cooperate fully with other colleagues in the best interest of the athlete.
  • Relationships with athletes should be developed as appropriate working relationships based on mutual trust and respect (particularly important in the junior section of the club).
  • A spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship should be encouraged. Preparation of athletes for success and failure is vital.
  • Promote the positive aspects of athletics and do not condone bad sportsmanship or substance abuse.
  • Recognise that access to confidential information about athletes and members is necessary at times and such information should remain confidential. Dependent on the age of the athlete and the information shared, it may be appropriate to speak to the parent/guardian or Welfare Officer. The person/athlete concerned must be informed.
  • Display consistently high standards of appearance and behaviour.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and level of experience of those taking part.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club.
  • Be aware of current child protection issues. The club recommends that all coaches attend a child protection workshop and speak to the Welfare Officer.
  • Do not leave yourself open to question especially when working with younger athletes by:Never try to recruit, overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching outside SKYRAC AC. If approached by an athlete receiving coaching, refer to coach currently providing coaching support.
    • Staying in a room alone with an athlete
    • Excessive handling or touching beyond the needs of good coaching of athletes within their care
    • Regularly transport athletes on his/her own
    • Taking an athlete to your own home unsupervised
  • Remember that athletics is fun to coach and take part in.

Updated May 2011