Codes of Conduct

All members of staff and volunteers must agree to:

  • prioritise the well-being of all children and adults at risk at all times
  • treat all children and adults at risk fairly and with respect
  • be a positive role model. Act with integrity, even when no one is looking
  • elp to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off court
  • not allow any rough or dangerous behaviour, bullying or the use of bad or inappropriate language
  • Report all allegations of abuse or poor practice to the club Welfare Officer
  • not use any sanctions that humiliate or harm a child or adult at risk
  • value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs
  • keep clear boundaries between professional and personal life, including on social media
  • have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos
  • refrain from making physical contact with children or adults unless it is necessary as part of an emergency or congratulatory (e.g. handshake / high five)
  • refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions
  • ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined and everyone has the required information and training
  • avoid being alone with a child or adult at risk unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • refrain from transporting children or adults at risk, unless this is required as part of a club activity (e.g. away match) and there is another adult in the vehicle
  • not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such
  • not have a relationship with anyone under 18 for whom they are coaching or responsible
  • not to have a relationship with anyone over 18 whilst continuing to coach or be responsible for them

All children must agree to:

  • be friendly, supportive and welcoming to other children and adults
  • play fairly and honestly
  • respect club staff, volunteers and Officials and accept their decisions
  • behave, respect and listen to your coach
  • take care of your equipment and club property
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, culture, religion or sexual identity
  • not use bad, inappropriate or racist language, including on social media
  • not bully, intimidate or harass anyone, including on social media
  • not smoke, drink alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions or events
  • talk to the club Welfare Officer about any concerns or worries they have about themselves or others

All adults must agree to:

  • be positive and encourage your child and show an interest in their tennis
  • use appropriate language at all times
  • be realistic and supportive
  • never ridicule or admonish a child for making a mistake or losing a match
  • treat all children, adults, volunteers, coaches, officials and members of staff with respect
  • behave responsibly at the venue; do not embarrass your child
  • accept the official’s decisions and do not go on court or interfere with matches
  • encourage your child to play by the rules, and teach them that they can only do their best
  • deliver and collect your child punctually from the venue
  • ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather conditions
  • ensure that your child understands their Code of Conduct
  • adhere to your venue’s safeguarding policy, diversity and inclusion policy, rules and regulations
  • provide emergency contact details and any relevant information about your child including medical history

Codes of Conduct Updated: October 2021

Next Review: October 2022