Code of Conduct Coaches and Volunteers

All our Coaches and volunteers abide with the following code of conduct:

  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance
  • Be appropriately qualified including obtaining PVG Disclosure check, update your licence and education as and when required by UKA and adhere to the terms of the coaching licence
  • Respect the rights of every athlete and others involved in athletics. Treat everyone equally
  • Ensure that activities you direct or guide are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual athlete
  • At the outset clarify with athletes exactly what it is that is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from you
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport and never condone rule violations of the use of prohibited substances
  • Never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching. If approached by an athlete to provide coaching, liaise immediately with their existing coach to ensure a managed transition
  • Observe the recommended national guidelines on coach/athlete ratios
  • Encourage and guide athletes to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour
  • Develop appropriate working relationships with athletes based on mutual trust and respect, especially with those athletes under 18 years or vulnerable adults
  • Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with athletes and do not conduct inappropriate relationships with athletes
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
  • Avoid swearing, abusive language and inappropriate or violent behaviour
  • Avoid critical language or actions, such as sarcasm which could undermine an athlete’s self esteem.
  • Avoid spending time alone with young athletes unless clearly in the view of others to protect both yourself and the young athlete.
  • Ensure that parents/carers know and have given consent before taking a young athlete away from the usual training venue
  • Follow the guidance on transporting children
  • Respect the right of young athletes to an independent life outside of athletics
  • Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to the parents/carers and to the club welfare officer if appropriate
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others, excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity
  • Treat all sports equipment and venues with respect and keep them in good condition
  • If demonstration of a technique is required through physical contact, always provide and explanation and seek consent before touching the athlete
  • Cooperate with technical officials, team managers, other coaches, physiotherapists etc., and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the athlete
  • Not conduct an inappropriate relationship with an athlete under 18 years of age
  • Not engage in the massage of an athlete under the age of 18 years. For an athlete over 18, massage is only recommended by the holder of a suitable qualification in sports massage
  • Report any suspected abuse, misconduct or breach of the codes of conduct
  • Not consume alcohol or prohibited substances prior to or during training or events
  • Follow Scottish Athletics guidance for coaches and volunteers on social media use
  • Any breach of the Code of Conduct may result in sanctions as outlined in the Club Grievance Procedure

 

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