1) Mission Statement
Totteridge Football Club aims to provide local persons at all ages up to 18 with quality training and playing opportunities appropriate to their age. This provision will be undertaken in a manner that promotes fair play and sportsmanship on and off the field of play and sets a standard that other clubs in the area look up to.
2) Codes of Conduct
Players have obligations to the game, their own team, the Laws of the Game, their opponents, the Match Officials, team officials and supporters.
Totteridge FC players will:
- Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
- Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if the team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
- Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
- Avoid all forms of gamemanship and time-wasting.
- Always have regard for the best interests of the game.
- Not use inappropriate language.
- Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
- Resist any influence which might, or be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.
- Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
- Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
- Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
- Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
- Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play and help injured opponents.
- Accept the decision of Match Officials without protest.
- Avoid actions or words which may mislead Match Officials.
- Show due respect towards Match Officials.
- Abide by the instructions of their Coach/Manager and Team Officials, provided that they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
- Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.
- Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
Parents/spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child's attitude towards other players, match officials, team managers/coaches/officials and spectators.
Totteridge FC parents/supporters will:
- Applaud the opposition as well as their team.
- Avoid coaching the child during the game.
- Not shout and scream.
- Respect the decisions of the Match Officials.
- Give attention to each child involved in football, not just the most talented.
- Give encouragement to all to participate in football.
Any reported breach of these Codes of Conduct will be subject to the Totteridge FC Complaints Procedure.
Team Managers/Coaches and Club Officials codes to be added, all players receive a full copy of the Totteridge FC Codes of Conduct on registration.
3) Child Protection Policy
Totteridge Football Club is responsible for the safety and welfare of all children and young people who come to the club and for protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
Totteridge Football Club will operate in a way that minimises the risk of harm to children and young people at the club. Specifically the club will:
put a child's welfare before all other considerations.
protect children at the club from abuse regardless of age, culture, race or religion.
take swift action on all suspicions and allegations of abuse.
Totteridge Football Club will have in place a designated Child Protection Officier who accepts responsibility for monitoring all club activity in relation to child protection issues.
Parents and children coming to Totteridge Football Club will be made aware by the club of our child protection policy and contact details of the club's Child Protection Officier.
Totteridge Football Club accepts and will conform to the Football Association Child Protection Policy published May 2000 and the Procedures and Practices handbook published November 2000.
Totteridge Football Club will ensure Football Association accredited child protection training is followed for all team managers/coaches and club officials.
4) Anti Discrimination Policy
Totteridge Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
Equality of opportunity at Totteridge Football Club means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in anyway treat anyone less favourably on grounds of playing ability, sex, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. This includes:
The advertisement for volunteers
The selection of candidates for voluntees
External coaching, education activities and awards
Football development actitives
Selection of teams
Appointment to honorary positions
Totteridge Football Club will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
Totteridge Football Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimiation within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.
5) Equal Opportunties Policy
Totteridge Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Code of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunties Commission for Racial Equality.
All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:
Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic/national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.
Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirements for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different from the requirements of others.
Imposing on any individual, requirements which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example this would include applying a condition which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
Victimisation of an individual.
Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
Any other act, or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantage of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus in all the club's recruitment selection, training processes and disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.
Totteridge Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss and to the investigation of any club member accused of discrimination.
Any Totteridge Football Club member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Totteridge Football Club's policy, any club member offending will be dealt with under the club's Complaints Procedure.
Totteridge Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members.
6) Complaints Procedure
In the event that any person feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way from a club official, member or player of Totteridge Football Club, or that the Totteridge Football Club Policies, Rules or any Code of Conduct have been broken, the following procedure will apply :
1) The person should report the matter in writing to the Club Secretary or another member of the Club Committee.
The report should include -
i) Details of what, when and where the occurence took place.
ii) Any witness statement and names.
iii) Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
iv) Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date when and to whom the complaint was made.
v) A preference for a solution to the incident.
2) The Club Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.
3) The Club Committee will have the power to -
i) warn any club official, member or player as to their future conduct.
ii) suspend any club official, member or player from club membership.
iii) terminate club membership of any club official, member or player.
7) Photographic Publication Policy
Publication is images used in the public domain either through electronic form on the club web site or social media pages or paper form through printed publications available to the general public.
This policy applies to photographs that portray any persons under the age of 18 where they are either the main subject or in the foreground of the picture.
1) Only photographs that fulfill the following criteria shall be used for publications:
- i) Permission for publication has been granted by the parent/guardian (through the club registration) and the opposition team manager where players from his team are featured.
- ii) The player/child is not depicted in an embarrassing or improper pose or inappropriate state of dress (a minimum of vest or shirt and shorts).
2) Photographs can be accepted for publication from parents/guardians providing they fulfill the criteria as set out in item 1.
3) No player/child shall be identified by name; identification to be limited to age group or team name.
4) Tagging of players name by parents/guardians only shall be permitted.
5) Derogatory comments added to photographs shall be removed without warning.