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Young Players

Young Players can benefit greatly from sports in terms of personal development and enjoyment.

As part of their participation our players must be encouraged to realise that due to their participation in sport they also have a responsibility to treat others with fairness and respect.

With rights there will always be responsibilities.

There will be a ‘sign-up’ procedure, whereby Young Players agree to abide by this Code of Behaviour and to any other policies or codes in your Club or National Governing Body.

YOUNG PLAYERS should be entitled to:

  • Be safe and feel safe
  • Have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity
  • Comment and make suggestions in a constructive manner
  • Be afforded appropriate confidentiality
  • Participate in games and competitions at levels with which they feel comfortable
  • Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate manner
  • Be protected from abuse
  • Be listened to

YOUNG PLAYERS should always:

  • Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves
  • Respect fellow team members regardless of ability, cultural or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or religion beliefs
  • Support fellow team members regardless of whether they do well or not
  • Represent their team, their Club and their family with pride and dignity
  • Respect all coaches, officials and their opponents
  • Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory
  • Shake hands before and after a game as part of the Give Respect Get Respect initiative, irrespective of the result
  • Inform their Coach/Mentor/Manager in advance if they are unavailable for training and games
  • Take due care of Club equipment
  • Know that it is acceptable to talk to the Club Children’s Officer with any concerns or questions they may have
  • Adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour and their Club’s Code of Discipline
  • Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way

YOUNG PLAYERS should never:

  • Cheat – always play by the rules
  • Shout at or argue with a game’s official, with their Coach, their team mates or opponents and should never use violence
  • Use unfair or Bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players
  • Spread rumours
  • Tell lies about adults or other young people
  • Play or train if they feel unwell or are injured
  • Use unacceptable language or racial and/or sectarian references

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