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It is the policy of SALTWALK Club that all members and parents show respect and understanding for each other. The aim is for all members to enjoy leisure and competitive activities and/or improve performance. Everyone involved with the club should abide by the rules and policies of SALTWALK Club and British Canoeing and not take any action which is likely to bring any of these organisations into disrepute.

As members, you should….

  • co-operate fully, with coaches, helpers, and officials of the club
  • try to be on time for sessions and events or inform the Coach if you are going to be late
  • control your temper and avoid behaviour which may inconvenience or upset others
  • be respectful of other users of the Waterside Centre, the river and its environs
  • not use obscene or offensive language
  • treat others as you would like to be treated
  • wear suitable kit for paddling as agreed with your coach
  • take care of all property belonging to the club or any club member
  • be responsible for your own equipment and clothing
  • not leave sessions without informing the coach or leader
  • junior members will also abide by the British Canoeing Junior Code of Conduct

As parents/guardians you should….

  • help your child to recognise effort and good performance, not just results
  • never force your child to take part in an activity
  • never punish or belittle your child for losing or making mistakes
  • respect decisions made by your child’s coach or other official
  • support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy the activity
  • not use obscene or offensive language
  • set a good example by applauding good performances by all paddlers
  • remember that coaches and officials of the club are volunteers who give their time freely to help your child
  • ensure that your child has read and agrees to abide by the club Code of Conduct and the BCU Junior Code of Conduct

As coaches/volunteers you should…..

  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat everyone equally within the context of their sport.
  • place the wellbeing and safety of the individual above the development of performance.
  • follow all guidelines laid down by the British Canoeing
  • where appropriate, hold up to date nationally recognised British Canoeing coaching qualifications and insurance cover
  • develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, especially children, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • ensure the activities advocated are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.
  • cooperate fully with other coaches, officials and other specialists.
  • always promote the positive aspects of sport e.g. fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances
  • Whilst responsible for others, never be under the influence of drink, drugs or any substance. 
  • consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • avoid any intimacy (sexual or otherwise).
  • not use obscene or offensive language

It is expected that all members, parents, coaches and volunteers will support and uphold the Code of Conduct.

Any individual who refuses to support and uphold the Code of Conduct may not be accepted as a member of the club. Positive behaviour that supports the code will be recognised and celebrated.

Negative behaviour which infringes the code of conduct will not be tolerated and may be dealt with as follows:

Minor infringements:

a verbal warning by a coach or other official (parents/carers will be informed when a verbal warning is given to their child) the club Welfare Officer will also be informed when a verbal warning is given to a child

Persistent minor infringements or serious infringements:

interview with two members of the club committee (and club Welfare Officer if deemed appropriate) parents/carers and club Welfare Officer must be present if a child is being interviewed minutes will be taken and retained by all parties

Refusal to attend an interview (or allow your child to be interviewed) may result in action being taken without your version of events being taken into consideration.

The interview may result in one or more of the following outcomes:

  • a conclusion satisfactory to both parties
  • a written warning (parents/carers will receive a copy of any written warning given to their child)
  • suspension from club activities pending further investigation
  • expulsion from the club**
  • involvement of other authorities including (but not limited to) the BCU, BSUPA, police

**In accordance with the club rules appeal against expulsion may be made to the membership. Declaration

It is hereby declared that the Code of Conduct is approved by the committee of SALTWALK Club.