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Code of Conduct

Stourport Tennis and Squash Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members, ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for all. The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, the committee and parents associated with the Club should, at all

times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club with the committee. As a member of Stourport Tennis and Squash Club, you are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

• All members must take responsibility in ensuring they are up to date with the Club Rules, understand those Rules and adhere to them. The Club Rules and Regulations and By-laws can be viewed on the Stourport Tennis and Squash Club website.

• All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.

• Members should recognise the valuable contribution made by the Staff as well as the committee and other volunteers. They give their time and resources to provide the service that the Club provides for you.

• All members must respect the Staff and the committee and publicly accept their decisions.

• All members should be a positive role model, treat other players, members of Staff, the committee and other members with the same level of respect that they would expect to be shown to them.

• Use correct and proper language at all times.

• Members are not allowed to use drugs on Club premises or whilst representing the Club. (Unless otherwise medically prescribed).

• Members should keep to agreed timings for courts, training and competitions or inform their captain or coach if they are going to be late or unavailable as early as is practicable.

• Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions.

• Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated.

• Members should encourage every one to enjoy sport and understand that people have different motivations for taking part.

• All accidents must be recorded in the accident book, located by the main door and then handed to the bar staff.

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All Club Officials, Staff, Volunteers and other activity leaders must:

• Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance and act as a positive role model.

• Follow all guidelines laid down by the relevant National Association and the Club.

• Hold appropriate valid qualifications and current DBS check.

• Activity leaders not directly employed by Stourport Tennis and Squash Club must ensure they have appropriate levels of insurance.

• Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.

• Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.

• Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.

• Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play and fun).

• Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.

• Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.

• Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

• Encourage participants to value their performances and not just results. • Treat all young people fairly and ensure they feel valued. Have no favourites. Never use sanctions that humiliate or harm young people.

• Understand emergency evacuation and first aid procedures.

• If administering first aid to a young person, ensure, where possible, this is carried out in the presence of others. Stourport Tennis and Squash Club Policy and Code of Conduct for Junior members Stourport Tennis and Squash Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the Club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club with the relevant nominated member of staff. For ‘parent’ read ‘parent/guardian/nominated responsible adult’.

• Junior members are defined as either Under 12 years old, or Over 12 but under 18 years old. This is consistent with the age fora Junior membership & subscription at Stourport Tennis and Squash Club.

• Junior members are able to play sport by themselves with no professional – Whilst playing sport by themselves and once a junior has left the court, a Parent is required to supervise their child / children by having “line of sight” at all times. e.g. in the clubhouse watching or outside watching whilst they are on a tennis court, or on the squash balcony for squash etc.

• Junior members are allowed in the club whilst not playing sport, but must be accompanied by their parents (or responsible adult) – There are no restrictions up to 9pm as long as the parent has line of sight view and actively supervises their child – after 9pm they should be close to their Parent in the

bar/restaurant are as unless they are actually on court with their parent or sports staff.

• Juniors Over 12 and Under 18 Years old are – able to play sport and be in bar premises without restriction – i.e. they are expected to be of an age to conduct themselves appropriately and to react positively if a member of staff gives an instruction about lessening noise etc. 

A Junior member of Stourport Tennis and Squash Club is expected to abide by the following code of practice:

• Junior Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions. Goggles/safety glasses must be worn where and when instructed.

• Junior members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.

• Junior members are reminded that sport is primarily about fun and should respect opponents and be equally gracious in victory and defeat.

• Junior members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexuality.

• Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated.

• Junior Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late, or not available giving as much notice as practicable.

• Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the Club premises or whilst representing the club.