The ParkVale Football Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. Every individual in the organisation should at all times, show respect and understanding for members rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organisation and the guidelines contained in the code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland.
Code of Conduct.
The guidance given in this code of conduct is based on the principles set out in the following publications: “Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport”, Irish Sports Council. “Children First” National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
The aim of this code is to promote good practice by everyone involved in The ParkVale Football Club and to provide a safe, healthy, enjoyable environment for all members. Core Values in Young People’s Sport. Integrity in relationships: Adults interacting with children in sport should do so with integrity and respect for the child. There is a danger that sporting contexts can be used to exploit or undermine children. All adult actions in sport should be guided by what is best for the child and in the context of quality, open working relationships. Verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable within sport. Fair Play: All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play.
Ireland has contributed, and is committed, to the European Code of Sports Ethics, which defines fair play as: “much more than playing within the rules. It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing with the right spirit. Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of opportunities, excessive commercialisation and corruption. (European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of Europe, 1993). Quality atmosphere and ethos: Children’s sport should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere. A Child centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.
Too often competitive demands are placed on children too early and results in excessive levels of pressure on them and as a consequence, high levels of dropout from sport. Equality: All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of age, ability, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion. Children with disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated way, thus allowing them to participate to their potential alongside other children. Leaders in children’s sport should strive to create a positive environment for the children in their care. They have an overall responsibility to take the steps necessary to ensure that positive and healthy experiences are provided.
Guidelines for Young Players
The ParkVale Football Club wishes to provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in the sport. Young players deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free from abuse of any kind. These players have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities to treat other participants and sports leaders with fairness and respect, which they must accept.
Young players are entitled:
To be treated with dignity and respect
To be safe and to feel safe
To get help against bullies
To say No
To be listened to
To be believed
To protect their own bodies
To refuse inappropriate touches
To have fun and enjoy sport
Young players should always:
Treat all coaches, managers, selectors, club and tournament organisers and officials with respect.
Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events.
Play fairly at all times
Do their best.
Talk to the children’s officer if they have any problems.
Respect opponents, be gracious in victory or defeat.
Young players should never:
Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage on or off the pitch.
Shout or argue with officials, team-mates or opponents.
Use bullying tactics to isolate another player.
Pass on gossip about another player or adult.
Make false allegations against other players or adults.
Take banned substances.
1.1 Day to Day organisation and control of the club shall be conducted by the Committee
1.2 The Committee shall consist of five Officers Chairperson,Vice-Chairperson,Hon Secretary,Recording Secretary,Hon Treasurer.The Committee may at its discretion and with the approval of the full committee merge the duties of one or more members of the Committee from time to time as it shall see fit.
1.3 The function of the Chairperson shall be to chair all Committee meetings.Chairperson will not have a vote at meetings,in the event of a tie in voting,the Chaiirperson shall have a casting vote.
1,4 The funds of the club shall be lodged in the accounts of the Club with any bank or building society deemed suitable by the Committee.
1.5 Any sub-committees formed will report to the main Committee.
1.6 A quorum for meetings of the Committee shall be four members.
1.6 The Committee shall have the powers of co-option to fill vacancies which may occur from time to time within its ranks.Outside the 5 officers,6 more committee members is the maximum that can be elected.Of the 6 ordinary members,the Senior Section are entitled to have one place To be elected as an officer,the person must of served on the committee for 3 consective years.To be elected Chairperson of the Club,the person must of served on the committee for 5 consective years.
1.7 All matters going before the Committee and requiring a vote,shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting.
1.8 The Committee shall have the power to replace any committee member failing in his or her duty.
2 Club Meetings
2.1 At least 14 days notice shall be given by the Committee of any meeting to all Club Members
2.2 Club Members will be entitled to one vote.In the case of a junior members,their Parents/Guardian is entitled
to one vote.If a family has 2 or 3 junior members in the club,they will be entitled to 2 or 3 votes respectively.
2.3 An Emergency General Meeting of the Club,may be called at the request of the Committee or by the members (must be at least half of the members) and the agenda must state the business of the meeting and only such business must be discussed.There must be at least 21 days notice. In order for any vote to be passed there must be quorum of at least 20 members.
2.4 The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held every 12 months.Any memberwho has business to discuss must submit their request in writing or by e-mail 7 days before the meeting.Any member who has the desire to be voted onto the Committee may do so at the AGM.They must have their nomination in 7 days before the meeting.
3 Club Rules
3.1 Each coach is responsible for the behaviour of its players and spectators.
3.2 Coaches/Spectators/Players are liable to severe penalties from the Committee,if found guilty of threatening,assaulting,or intimadating any referee,players from the oppossing teams,officials or spectators of any team.
3.3 Any player sent off by a referee shall be automatically suspended from playing in the next competitive game for his/her team,the player may be fined and subject to the referees report,fines and/or suspensions may be increased.The committee can decide to increase that players suspension,as it sees fit.
3.4 All reports of misconduct either in a game or training of rough play,bullying,foul language towards coaches or fellow players,will be heard by the Committee and they will have the right to call for evidence or persons to be prodcued at a disciplinary hearing as it sees fit
3.5 Any Club Member/player dissatisfied with any decision made by the Disciplinary Committee shall have the right of appeal to the Committee within 3 working days.
3.6 Any complaints concerning refereeing,misconduct or rough play must be submitted in writing or by mail to the Chairperson or vice Chairperson within 5 days after the match or the incident.
3.7 Socks and shorts are supplied to all Junior Members and every player must wear the clubs registered colours for all competitive games.Jerseys will be handed out on match days.
3.8 In case of a clash of colours,the home team must change.