By achieving Clubmark accreditation our club has demonstrated that we provide a safe, accessible and enjoyable experience for our members. Welfare is a key element of Clubmark. Clubmark clubs are required to have rules, policies and procedures relating to safety and best practice. Here are our codes of Conduct and Policies:
Code of conduct for young people
Alfreton Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members.
The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/carers or guardians 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 Karen Slater Club Welfare Officer
As a member of Alfreton Cricket Club you are expected to abide by the following:
- All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
- All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- All members must respect the equipment and facilities used during training and competitions
- Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
- Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
- Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
- Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club
Code of Conduct for Parents
- Support for ALL players should be positive and encouraging
- Show respect to the opposition, players and officials by avoiding negative criticism.
- Abusive behaviour of any kind is totally unacceptable.
- Foul language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performance of ALL.
- Encourage your child to learn the laws of the game and play within them.
- Never punish or belittle any child for losing or making mistakes.
- Accept the officials’ judgements and decisions.
- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their cricket
- Parents should not enter the field of play or changing rooms, unless requested to do so.
- During play, parents should watch the game away from the players and manager/coach.
- Parents should not attempt to coach players. Coaching should be left to the coaches.
- Support the coaches in the management of your child.
- Parents should inform coaches and managers of any medication required by players and medical condition in advance of coaching sessions and matches.
- Inform the management/coaches if there are circumstances outside of cricket that are impacting on their child’s performance.
- Inform the team manager if your child is unable to play in match for which they have been selected as early as possible.
- Parents need to gain permission to photograph or video any players under the age of 16
- Any complaints or concerns should be brought the attention of the manager or coach as soon as possible
Code of Conduct for Cricket Club Members and Guests
All Members & Guests of Alfreton Cricket Club will:
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
- Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender,
disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status,
religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.
- Display high standards of behavior.
- Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. play hard – play fair.
- Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them,
respecting the decisions of match officials.
- Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match
- Recognise good performance not just match results.
- Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of
- Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and
ability of the individual.
- Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in
- Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with
children in the Club.
- Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club.
- Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for
Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued.
- Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid
down by the ECB
In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
- Have been appropriately vetted if required, before taking on their role.
- Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket.
- Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’.
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect.
- Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval.
- Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”
- Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children
ECB Club Inclusion and Diversity Policy
Alfreton Cricket Club, in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for Alfreton Cricket Club and participating in or watching Alfreton Cricket Club activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.
- Alfreton Cricket Club in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
- Alfreton Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.
- Alfreton Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.
- Alfreton Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.
- This policy is fully supported by the Alfreton Cricket Club’s officers and [management committee] who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.
Alfreton Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.
- In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to the Main committee of Alfreton Cricket Club
- Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.
- If the accused individual is an employee, the [management committee] will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow Alfreton Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.
- If the accused individual is a non-employee, the [management committee]:
- may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing.
- may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case.
- will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy: (a) warn as to future conduct; (b) suspend from membership; (c) remove from membership; (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and (e) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application.
- will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.
- A party may appeal a decision of the [management committee] to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of Alfreton Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.
- If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the Main committee of Alfreton Cricket Club, the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.
This policy will be reviewed periodically by the Alfreton Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.