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CARMARTHEN HARRIERS 2018/19 Code of Conduct

Notes for Parents

On behalf of Carmarthen Harriers Committee and Officers, we would like to welcome your child to the club and provide you with some information about our activities. The club provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 9 and above to receive coaching and competition in numerous Welsh and UK Leagues, Cup and Championship events. All coaching is by qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

The club is applied to Welsh Athletics Clubmark, which is awarded to clubs by NGB when the club is able to demonstrate that it meets the NGBs criteria as to playing programme; safeguarding and protecting children; knowing your club and its community and the club management. Clubmark is an acknowledgement that we take these issues seriously and that we are striving to provide a high quality and welcoming environment for young participants in the sport. We welcome parents to all training and competitions and value you support. We are keen to try and involve parents in the club.

Basic information: Training sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6pm at the Carmarthen Harriers track. Arrangements should be made for your child to travel to and from training sessions. We appreciate it if children can arrive promptly and are collected promptly at the end of the session, if they are not making their own way home. The fee for training sessions is £3.

It is important that all athletes are paid up members due to insurances. Coaches should not coach athletes that are not members. We would be grateful if you could ensure that junior club membership forms are completed if not already done so. For the safety of your child it is important that the club is informed of any medical condition or allergies that may be relevant, should your child fall ill or be involved in an accident while at the club. For any questions or a talk with anyone at the club, then please contact one of the club officers or Hedydd Davies.

We thank you for your co-operation and look forward to meeting you at some point in the future


Code of Conduct for junior members

Carmarthen Harriers 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 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 to the Club Welfare officers.

As a member of Carmarthen Harriers, you are expected to abide by the following junior code of practice:

  • All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions
  • 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 keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late
  • Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly
  • Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club


Code of practice for club officials, coaches and team managers:

  • 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 (fair play)
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the National Governing Body (Welsh Athletics) and the club
  • Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover
  • 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 participants to value their performances and not just results
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibilities for their own performance and behaviour


Code of practice for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept officials' judgements
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy the sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour


Carmarthen & District Harriers Athletics Club Training Safety Rules

Rules that must be observed

  • All athletes must be supervised by a qualified coach
  • All athletes must be fully paid up members of Carmarthen Harriers for insurance purposes
  • All kit bags, clothing, trainers etc must be left in a safe place, preferably outside the track and field area
  • No personal electronic equipment to be used within the track area (MP3's, IPOD's, Mobile Phone, Walkmans etc)
  • Athletes are not to walk across the grassed area under any circumstance. When taking part in field events, cross the track at the nearest safe point
  • Always check the track before crossing. Ensure that the track is clear and walk quickly across
  • To reach a different area of the track or field, walk around the perimeter of the track
  • Junior athletes (U13) have track and field priority between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays. Junior athletes must make way for more senior athletes at 7pm
  • Any senior athletes warming up before 7pm on Tuesdays will keep well clear of juniors
  • The track is to be used in an anti-clockwise direction. On the rare occasions when it is necessary to run in the opposite direction, a specific area of track must be sectioned off from other athletes
  • When waiting to complete activities, or resting between training, ensure that you wait in a safe area near to where you are training. Do not wander about
  • Throws events must be closely supervised during training sessions. No throws are to be taken without a coach in presence
  • Ensure all athletes have completed their throws before retrieving any implements. Retrieval shall take place on the instruction of the coach present
  • Throwing implements must be carried back, do not throw or roll implements back
  • No implements must be removed from the implement store without a qualified coach in attendance
  • All implements must be returned to the store after use. Do not leave lying around unattended
  • Ensure sand pits and jumping beds are clear of obstruction, and that a coach is in attendance before carrying out any jumps
  • Ensure rakes and measuring equipment is left in a safe place during training. Return all equipment after use, do not leave unattended
  • A good standard of behaviour is expected from all our athletes, for the safety of others. poor behaviour will not be tolerated and athletes may be asked to leave if not complying with our standards