Code of Behaviour Players


Young players can benefit greatly from sport in terms of enjoyment, personal

development and learning new skills. As part of their development our players

must be encouraged to realise that due to their participation they also have a

responsibility to treat others with fairness and respect. With rights there will

always be responsibilities.


Young payers shall ‘sign-up' to this Code and agree to abide by the contents

of the Code of Behaviour and to any other policies or codes in your Club and

National Governing Body.



YOUNG PLAYERS should be entitled to:

• Be safe and feel safe.

• Have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.

• Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity.

• Comment and make suggestions in a constructive manner.

• Be afforded appropriate confidentiality.

• Participate in games and competitions at levels with which they feel


• Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate


• Be protected from abuse.

• Be listened to.



YOUNG PLAYERS should always:

• Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves.

• Respect fellow team members regardless of ability, ethnic

origin, cultural background or religion.

• Support fellow team members whether they do well or not so well.

Code of Behaviour when working with under age players

Let us ensure that everyone working on our behalf emphasises FAIR PLAY, RESPECT, EQUALITY,

SAFETY and NO DISCRIMINATION in all aspects of our work with children and young people.


• Represent their team, their club and their family with pride and dignity.

• Respect all coaches, mentors, officials and their opponents.

• Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory.

• Shake hands before and after the game irrespective of the result.

• Inform their coach/mentor/manager when they are unavailable for training

and games.

• Talk to the Club Children's Officer with any concerns or questions they

may have.

• Adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour and to their Club's

Code of Discipline.

• Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way.

• Take due care of club equipment.



YOUNG PLAYERS should never:

• Cheat – always play by the rules.

• Shout at or argue with a game's official, with their coach, their team mates or

opponents and should never use violence.

• Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players.

• Spread rumours.

• Tell lies about adults or other young people.

• Play or train if they feel unwell or are injured.

• Use unacceptable language or racial and/or sectarian references.