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Code of Club Members, Conduct for Coaches, Players,

Team Officials and Parents / Spectators

7th July 2013



The club is here for and on behalf of all its members and the club recognises without its members it would not exist.


Members should always treat the club with respect and the facilities it provides. The club will always take notice of its members and consider any requests. The committee will however have a final say of any matters arising.


Members are reminded that the club does have neighbours and that these neighbours should be treated with respect. Members are asked to keep noise to a minimum especially during unsocial hours. Members are asked to pay particular attention when leaving the club after functions during the evening.


Members are reminded that the children do attend club functions and are also members of the club. The club has a child protection officer and he should be consulted on any matters concerning child welfare. Members are also reminded that the club has a license to sell alcohol and by supplying child with any alcohol could result in the withdrawal of the club license.


Overall members should always do what is best for the club and not act in a manner which could result in the withdrawal of services or loss of licences.





Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics are their attitude directly effects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.


Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.


It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a “win-at-all-costs” attitude.


Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach or parent.


Set out below is The FA Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching:


1.    Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

2.    Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

3.    Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

4.    Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

5.    Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

6.    Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

7.    Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.

8.    Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

9.    Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

10.   Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

11.   Coaches must consistently display high standards or behaviour and appearance.

12.   Coaches must not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.





Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But not winning at any cost – Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.


This Code focuses on players involved in top-class football. Nevertheless, the key concepts in the Code are valid for players at all levels.


Obligations towards the club

A player should:

1.    Make sure he / she is a fully paid up club member.

2.    Pay match subscriptions each week.

3.    Make an effort to attend club meetings including AGM’s


Obligations towards the game

A player should:

1.    Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.

2.    Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

3.    Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

4.    Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting.

5.    Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

6.    Not use inappropriate language.


Obligations towards one’s own team

A player should:

1.    Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.

2.    Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.


Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules

A player should:

1.    Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

2.    Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

3.    Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.


Respect towards Opponents

A player should:

1.    Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

2.    Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.


Respect towards the Match Officials

A player should:

1.    Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

2.    Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

3.    Show due respect towards Match Officials.


Respect towards Team Officials

A player should;

1.    Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

2.    Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.


Obligations towards the Supporters

A player should:

1.    Show due respect to the interests of supporters.


Bookings / Suspensions / Payment of Fines / Payment of Subscriptions


1.       Players must pay the clubs membership in full before they are registered with any league.

2.       Players with any outstanding fees will not be deemed a member of the club and will be excluded from taking part in any club activities.

3.       Players accumulating more than 5 bookings will be banned from playing for any team for the duration of 3 matches. This is on top of any Essex County Football Association suspension.

4.       Players sent off more the once in a season will also incur an extra 3 match ban. This is on top of any Essex County Football Association suspension.

5.       Non payment of club or county fines will make the player ineligible for any of the club teams and could lead to the club notifying the FA with regards to the suspension of the player from all competitions.


Club Fines


Yellow Card - £4

Red Card - £10

Red Card (Foul and Abusive Language, Spitting, Fighting) - £20



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