General Code of Conduct

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarized below:

All club members, volunteers and officials must:

– 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).
– Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
– Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club.
– Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
– Never exert undue influence over participants 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 responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, volunteers, 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 Lead Club Welfare Officer or the Club Youth Welfare Officer.

As a member of Meridian Canoe Club you are expected to abide by the following junior code of conduct:

– All children under the age of 16 must have a responsible adult present at all times whilst they are paddling in Club sessions or on Club trips.
– 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 gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
– 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 – Black Lycra tops, Black Helmets with white numbers, Black/Red reversible Buoyancy Aids with white numbers – 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.

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
– 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 their sport
– Use correct and proper language at all times
– Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour
– Never use threatening or abusive behaviour towards club members, players, children, officials, coaches or other parents