Foreword from the Chairman
“I write on behalf of all at Lisburn Distillery Football Club to make clear that we are determined to safeguard the children who are in our care. We recognise that as a progressive football club we must put in place policies and procedures for the safety of the children who attend our Academy. We recruit the talented child and we pledge to do all in our power to ensure that they will learn and develop in a positive environment free from fear or abuse.
The Child who attends our Academy will be able to express themselves within clearly set boundaries of behaviour and conduct. It is our intention not only to develop the child with the football skills that they will need to progress through the ranks of our modern game, but also to help develop a child who will take their place as a responsible citizen within wider society.
Finally, I would like to thank the Irish Football Association for developing their Child Protection Policy and their kindness in allowing us to adopt it for our own use. I would also like to thank our sponsors for their support without which Lisburn Distillery would find it very difficult to run and maintain a successful Club and Youth Academy.”
Jim Greer, LDFC Chairman
A copy of the Lisburn Distillery Child Protection Policy can be
obtained by emailing email@example.com
Child development officer George Bunting TEL- 07783 352539
LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY
1. All players should uphold the good name of LISBURN DISTILLERY FOOTBALL CLUB in the manner that they play and conduct themselves correctly both on and off the field of play. This includes respecting officials and accepting decisions while showing appropriate loyalty and being gracious in defeat, respecting opponents and not cheating. If and complaint is received regarding a players conduct, the LISBURN DISTILLERY COMMITTEE will investigate the matter. If a players standard of behaviour is found to have dropped below that required by LISBURN DISTILLERY and its ACADEMY, the player may ultimately be refused a place on the team.
2. All players will be required to uphold the principles of fair play, fighting or violence of any kind including bullying and rough or dangerous play will not be tolerated. Any incidents will be reported to the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY COMMITTEE, who will take such steps as it is necessary with the ultimate penalty being the player refused a place on the team.
3. Players must treat all managers, coaches, volunteers, staff and other adults with respect. The coach shall initially reprimand and player being cheeky or rude, using foul language or racial or sectarian references to and person. If the incident is deemed to be of a serious or continued nature the matter will be reported to the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY COMMITTEE who will take such steps as is necessary with the ultimate penalty being the player refused a play on the team
4. Players shall pay all dues promptly on or before the set date specified on the letters received. The academy works on a 10 week cycle. Failure to do so will result in the player being suspended from matches and participating in training until all dues are paid up to date.
5. Players shall participate in all coaching sessions and games organised by their coach. Player must ensure that they arrive at all match and training venues at the appropriate times with the equipment in good working order (training gear, boots and shin pads).
6. Players shall treat all equipment belonging to LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY and other participants in LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY’S coaching schemes with respect and shall not damage any of it. The parents of any player damaging property belonging to any person or the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY may be held liable for any cost incurred. Failure to pay may lead to the player not being offered a place in the team.
7. Players must be responsible for all belongings and ensure nothing is left after training, either at the training areas or pitches. The LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of personal belongings.
8. Any fines that the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY receive from the management committees of any league or cups that the player is involved in, that have been a result of a player being sent off for violent conduct or using foul and abusive language will be forwarded onto the player and they will be expected to pay this as it is a breach of point 2 and 3 in the players charter.
9. Social media can be a powerful tool and as such any negative comments toward LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY or any player, coach, volunteer associated with LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY that is brought to the attention of the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY COMMITTEE will result in immediate removal from LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY.
PLAYERS HAVE A RIGHT TO
Be safe and listened to
Enjoy your football in a protective environment
Be referred to professional help if needed
Be protected from abuse by other members of outside sources
Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability
Experience competition and desire to win
Be believed when asking for help
Any misdemeanors and general misbehaviour will be addressed by the immediate manager/ coach and reported verbally to the designated person. Persistent misbehaviour will result in dismissal from the club. Parents will be informed and dismissals can be appealed by the child/ parent with the final decisions taken by the head of the ACADEMY namely the ACADEMY DIRECTOR OF LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY.
LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY
1. Parents/Guardians must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all managers, coaches, staff and volunteers of the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY and treat everyone with equality within the context of their sport.
2. Parents/Guardians should follow all guidelines and rules laid down by the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY. Parents should ensure that their child arrives and are collected again at training and match venues at the appropriate time. Prior notice should be given to the coach if the child needs to be collected early from coaching sessions.
3. Parents/Guardians must ensure the wellbeing and safety of their child as follows:
• They should, especially at times of inclement weather, ensure that the match or training session is on and must not drop children off at the venue without first checking. They must provide a contact number where they can be reached in case of injury, emergency or cancellation,
• Detail any health concerns pertaining to the child on the consent form, in particular breathing or chest conditions. Any changes in the state of the child’s health should be reported to the coach prior to playing of taking part in coaching sessions.
• Ensure the child hygiene and nutritional needs are met
Parents/Guardians should ensure that their child is wearing clothing of a suitable nature with regards to participation in football (i.e. boots and shin guards) as well as clothing necessary to keep them warm in inclement weather.
1. Parents/Guardians should acquaint themselves with the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMYS CHILD PROTECTION policies.
2. Parents/Guardians should exhibit a high standard of behavior whilst on the touchline of any competitive match or training session where members of the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY are participating. Whilst positive encouragement is promoted, any verbal abuse, swearing or other derogatory behavior will not be tolerated and ultimately may result in the parent and child being asked to leave LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY.
3. Parents/Guardians must encourage and ensure their children adopt a high standard of behavior towards managers, coaches, staff, volunteers, adults and children whilst at any LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY match, training session or event. They should ensure their child’s tolerance towards other traditions, regardless of race, gender or religious persuasion.
4. Accept and encourage the child to accept the official’s judgement.
5. The parents of any child damaging property belonging to another person or the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY may be held liable for any costs incurred. Failure to pay may lead to the child not being offered a place on the team.
6. Parents/Guardians must ensure that all players pay all dues promptly to their team managers/ coaches. Failure to do so will result in a player being suspended from playing matches and participating in training until all dues are paid up to date.
7. Any fines that the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY receive from the management committees of any league or cups that the player is involved in, that have been a result of a player being sent off for violent conduct or using foul and abusive language will be forwarded onto the player and they will be expected to pay this as it is a breach of point 2 and 3 in the players charter.
11. Social media can be a powerful tool and as such any negative comments toward LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY or any player, coach, volunteer associated with LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY that is brought to the attention of the LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY COMMITTEE will result in immediate removal from LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY.
12. Any complaint against LISBURN DISTILLERY ACADEMY and/or any player, coach volunteer or committee member should be made following our new complaints procedure by emailing our website on firstname.lastname@example.org
13. This season the committee would like to contact parents via e-mail or what has been recommended is that the committees setup a ‘WhatsApp’ group for the academy parents where information will be shared on mass with those wishing to be in the group. This is hoped to cut down on admin costs and will also allow information to reach you quicker. We would request that anyone wishing to take part in this to let us know by ticking the relevant box on the last page.
PARENTS/ GUARDIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
• Know their child is safe
• Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their child
• Be informed if their child is injured
• Have their consent sought for issues such as trips
• Complain if they have any concerns about the standard of coaching.
The Academy Committee will deal with any misdemeanors or breach or the code of behavior set out in this charter immediately. Persistent concerns or breaches will result in the parent, guardian being asked not to attend competitions if their attendance is detrimental to the child welfare. The ultimate action should a parent/ guardian continue to breach the code of behavior set out in this charter may mean the committee asking the child to leave the club.