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Club Policies


Key Policies of the Club are as follows:

Safeguarding Children

Shelfield United F.C. have adopted and strictly abide by The F.A. Safeguarding Children policy, which are as follows:
Let’s make football safe – not sorry

Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children. Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don’t. This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines – the kind of behaviour that the Respect* programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.

Safeguarding Children is everyone’s responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding. This includes:

  • Getting the right people involved 
  • carrying out references and CRB checks
  • Creating a safe environment – codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear systems – to deal with any concerns – policy and procedures

Players Code of Conduct

Obligations towards the Game (A player should):

  • Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities in terms of skill, techniques, tactics and stamina.
  • Give maximum efforts and strive for the best possible performance during the game, even if his Is in a positive where the desired result has already been achieved.
  • Set a positive example for others, young players and supporters.    
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting.    
  • 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.

Obligations towards One’s own Team (A player should): 

  • 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 might be seen to bring into question his commitment of the team winning.

Respect for the Laws of the Game/ Competition Rules (A player should): 

  • Know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
  • Accept success or failure, victory and defeat, equally.
  • Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards the Supporters (A player should): 

  • 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.

Respect towards Team Officials (A player should): 

  • Abide by the instructions of their coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code. 
  • Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

Obligation towards the Supporters (A player should):

  • Show due respect to the interest of Supporters

Parents Code of Conduct

Parents/spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – it’s fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within your club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:

  • Children enjoying football 
  • A sense of personal achievements
  • Self-esteem 
  • Improvement in the child’s skills and techniques

A parents/spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitudes towards: 

  • Other players
  • Officials 
  • Managers
  • Spectators

Parents/spectators within the club are expected to be positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own, at all times.

Encourage parents/spectators to: 

  • Applaud the opposition as well as your own team. 
  • Avoid coaching the children during the game. 
  • Refrain from shouting and screaming. 
  • Respect the referee’s decision 
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football, not just the most talented. 
  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

Parents/spectators within the club must agree and adhere to the club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.