Volunteer Staff Code of Conduct

Volunteer staff declaration and agreement

I agree to follow the rules and regulations of the Club/Trust, accept its Christian values and ethos, and abide by the Volunteer Staff Code of Conduct that follows. I promise to:

Valuing opportunity

  • Give my best effort and develop my abilities.
  • Act in the best interests of the Club/Trust: never act or give advice against the Club/Trust, or prioritise other football commitments.
  • Share knowledge and experiences to improve the Club/Trust and other individuals working for the Club/Trust.
  • Promote the work of the Club/Trust to its members and external parties.
  • Guide members who wish to find out more about the faith of Christianity to the Club Chaplain.
  • Proactively support the administrative processes of the Club/Trust.

Acting with integrity

  • Abide by the rules and spirit of the game, and make every effort consistent with Fair Play and this Code of Conduct.
  • Set a positive example for others and avoid: gamesmanship, time wasting and use of inappropriate language.
  • Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
  • Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials, Club/Trust Officials and supporters of the opposition and Club/Trust.
  • Abide by the instructions of Club/Trust Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
  • Accept the decision of match officials without protest, and avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official.
  • Equally accept success and failure, victory and defeat.

Developing players by best practice

  • Apply a holistic approach to development that improves both the personal transferable skills and footballing qualities of players.
  • Prioritise efforts to build self esteem, confidence and character within players.
  • Apply a long term development model to create capable, versatile and experienced players, as a priority over winning in the short term.
  • Apply the Club/Trust’s Equality and Opportunity Charter to ensure the rights of players to match time and varied experiences.
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour, performance and actions for improvement.
  • Ensure activities are safe, enjoyable and inclusive, and appropriate for each player’s ability level, experience, age and maturity.
  • Co-operate fully with others for each player’s best interests, e.g. officials, doctors and welfare officers.
  • Clearly communicate and ensure understanding of all expectations to players and parents/carers.

Caring about everyone

  • Create a considerate, friendly and supportive environment at Club/Trust activities and events where the Club/Trust is represented.
  • Applaud, encourage and be positive to all players on both teams and whatever their ability.
  • Resist any temptation to use banned techniques or take banned substances.
  • Provide best notice of planned absences from activities to Club/Trust Officials.
  • Help players and parent(s)/carer(s) to arrange transport to away matches, and remind them of timely payment of all monies due.
  • Avoid publicly expressing negative opinion on a footballing activity or person (including by use of Facebook and Twitter).
  • Not tolerate bullying: physical or psychological, overt or subtle, consciously executed or indirectly caused by way of criticism of a player’s effort or technique.

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