Code of Conduct

Riverside Runners Code of Conduct 


The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to uphold standards of ethical behaviour for both coaches and athletes. The components of ethical behaviour are: integrity, responsibility, competence and confidentiality. This Code of Conduct complements, but does not supersede, the Codes of Conduct and stated welfare policies of UK Athletics (UKA) or Association of Running Clubs (ARC). 


All club members will be deemed to have accepted the Code and to endorse and subscribe to the principles and responsibilities embodied in them. 


The Club will: 

  • Adopt National policies and codes of conduct in relation to athlete’s welfare 

  • Appoint at least one designated Welfare Officer to act as first point of contact in cases of concern about athlete’s welfare 

  • Ensure that all coaches havappropriate experience and have undertaken the appropriate checks (e.g. DBS), and have access to recommended training in welfare and safeguarding 

  • Ensure that all Club officers, coaches and volunteers act responsibly and set a good example to all members 

  • Treat all members equally and fairly, regardless of race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, disability, sex, sexual preference, religion, and political or other beliefs 

  • Consistently promote positive aspects of Athletics such as fair play and never condone rule violations 

  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others 

  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above all other considerations including the development of performance 

  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, coaches, technical officials or other people involved in Athletics to the Club, UKA or ARC Welfare Officer as soon as possible 

  • Adopt the UKA and ARC policies and procedures contained within ‘Young and Vulnerable Person Protection Policy 


All coaches and volunteers will: 

  • Consider the well-being and safety of the athletes before the development of performance 

  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with the athletes and their parents/guardians, based on mutual trust and respect 

  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of the athletes taking part 

  • Promote the positive aspects of Athletics (e.g. fair play) 

  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour  

  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the Club 

  • Never condone rule violations, rough play, the use of prohibitive substances or inappropriate language 


All senior Club members will: 

  • Treat others with respect and fairness 

  • Show patience with others and respect diversity and ability 

  • Be courteous to other members, coaches, competitors and officials at all times 

  • Ensure their behaviour during training, participating in or travelling to and from meetings and events is dignified and does not cause offence to others 

  • Remember that they are a representative and ambassador of the Club at all times, and as such, the Club as a whole may be judged on their actions as an individual 

  • Consider the implications of withdrawing from a commitment to compete or provide assistance. If withdrawal from an event or commitment is unavoidable, notify the relevant person  

  • Never use abusive language or physical aggression of any kind at any event, or deliberately distract others while they are competing 

  • Anticipate their own needs – be organised and on time 

  • Wear high visibility clothing for outdoor winter training  

  • If out on the road always be aware of moving traffic, respect others including pedestrians 

  • Ensure that payment of annual membership fees is made promptly 


All junior Club members will: 

  • Play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions 

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity 

  • Your coaches spend time planning sessions, please listen and follow their instructions 

  • Always stay within close proximity of any coaches and always follow their advice 

  • If out on the road always be aware of moving traffic, respect others including pedestrians 

  • Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late or can no longer attend 

  • Wear suitable kit – high visibility clothing for outdoor winter training, and a club vest when competing 

  • Never smoke or chew gum on Club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions. MP3 players / phones are not allowed in training 

  • Never consume alcohol or prohibited drugs of any kind on the Club premises or whilst representing the Club 

  • Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated 


All junior Club members parents/guardians will: 

  • Encourage their child to learn the rules and play/compete within them 

  • Discourage unfair play/competition and arguing with officials 

  • Help their child to recognise good performance, not just results 

  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all 

  • Never force their child to take part in Athletics 

  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes 

  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements 

  • Support their child’s involvement and help them to enjoy Athletics 

  • Use correct and proper language at all times 


Riverside Runners is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, 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 any Committee member or in confidence with the Club Welfare Officer. 

Young and Vulnerable Person Protection Policy

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