YOUNG PERSON'S CLUB GUIDE
Welcome to Hereford Hockey Club!
What can you expect from the club?
The club will have:
* A chance for you to become a member
This will be explained to you when you arrive at the club.
You will receive information on how much this will cost, kit you will require, rules of the club, when training sessions are and match information.
* Qualified coaches
The coaches understand and know how to help you play the best hockey you can.
Any adult working within the club will know how to support and look after you.
The club will have a First Aider, Team Managers and a Welfare Officer. Make sure you know who these people are and introduce yourself to them.
There are rules of the game of hockey which you will learn as you play
There will be rules of the club which you will also learn, for example junior members are not allowed to smoke.
These are there for your safety and are not be broken.
* Opportunities for you to play
There will be teams and squads of boys and girls your own age with whom you will learn how to play hockey.
* Matches and competitions
There will be a chance for you to train and play in your club team against other clubs.
* Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
This provides the club with ways of ensuring you are safe and enjoy your hockey. This includes statements on anti-bullying procedures.
* Codes of Conduct
These clearly state how club members must act towards you and support you. This includes coaches, volunteers, club officials and parents.
What will the club expect from me?
* Code of Conduct
The club will have clear messages of how they expect you to behave. This is in the form of a Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct will clearly state what is okay and what is not okay for example:
. Junior members are not permitted to smoke.
. Junior members are not permitted to drink alcohol.
Donít keep it To Yourself
You have the right to:
∑ Have fun when playing hockey
∑ Be safe when playing hockey
∑ Enjoy your hockey
∑ Make friends through hockey
∑ Be treated with respect by adults involved in hockey
Are you worried?
∑ My coach is bullying me
∑ Another adult at hockey is bullying me
∑ Another member of my team is bullying me
∑ One of the coaches or volunteers is threatening me
∑ An adult is making me do things which I know are wrong
∑ Someone is touching me and making me feel uncomfortable
∑ Someone is constantly teasing me, shouting at me or kicking and punching me
∑ Someone is making suggestive remarks or asking me to do things of a sexual nature
∑ Someone is acting in a way which makes me feel lonely, upset, unsafe or embarrassed
If the answer is YES - Donít keep it to yourself Ė Ask for help
Who can I talk to?
Talk to your Club Welfare Officer (see below for details)
It can sometimes be difficult to speak to an adult about how you are feeling.
∑ You might think that an adult will not understand
THEY WILL LISTEN
∑ You may think that they will not believe you
THEY WILL BELIEVE YOU
∑ You may be scared that they will tell other people that you do not want to know
THEY WILL ONLY TELL SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP
∑ You might think they have not got time to talk to you
THEY WILL ALWAYS MAKE TIME TO TALK
Itís better to talk to someone:
∑ Ignoring your worries or concerns could make them worse
∑ Talking to someone will begin to tackle your worries and concerns
∑ You only have to share information that you want to share
∑ Telling someone will begin to help you
What will happen if I talk to someone?
Your Club Welfare Officer will know what to do and how to help. They will be able to ensure that you are safe and they will believe you.
There are policies and procedures which they will use. These will provide information of who to contact, how to contact them and what they can do to help.
The Club Welfare Officer cannot promise to keep the information you share a secret. However they do have to keep it CONFIDENTIAL. This means that they will have to tell only the person/people who can help.
When you are talking to the Club Welfare Officer ask them to explain who they need to speak to and why. They may say one of the following:
∑ England Hockey Lead Child Welfare Officer
They will know what to do if the behaviour of adult/s towards you is upsetting you
Talking to this person will begin to help the situation and ensure you can play hockey in a happy and safe environment
∑ Social Services or the Police in an emergency
Social Services or the police will be called if the Club Welfare Officer thinks you may come to more harm or are in danger. This is to help you and ensure you are safe.
Who is my Club Welfare Officer?
Mrs Bekki Miller
07866 371139 / 01432 35438
Alternative sources of help, advice and support:
0808 800 5000
Support and advice for 12-16 yr olds via the website
Free helpline for children and young people
0207 730 3300
Support on bullying
Code of Conduct for Junior Members
The aim of Hereford Hockey Club Junior Section is to promote healthy participation in sport. It is hoped that everyone will play to the best of their ability and that teams are successful. However, we believe that it is more important to enjoy sport and play fairly.
The following Code of Conduct and Rules have been written to uphold the aims of Hereford Hockey Club and to help and protect all junior players, umpires, spectators and parents involved in the playing of hockey regardless of whether it is in league games, friendly matches, or training sessions.
The club believes that it is important that its members, coaches, administrators, volunteers and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect, be encouraged to be open and to share any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the club with the coach or the appropriate committee member.
Each individual is accountable for his or her own actions. Whether you are playing, watching, coaching or umpiring any match, it is your personal responsibility to treat your own team, opposition players, coaches spectators and the umpires with respect and consideration before, during and after the match.
Junior Section Members
∑ Compete for enjoyment.
∑ Do their best.
∑ Show team spirit and positive sporting behaviour.
∑ Play within the rules at all times
∑ Respect colleagues, coaches, opponents and the decisions of officials.
∑ Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
∑ Wear suitable kit (including shin pads and gum shields) for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
∑ 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.