Code of Conduct – Coaches


  • Coaches will respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete and treat everyone equally, regardless of background or ability.
  • Coaches will place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance.
  • Coaches will encourage and guide athletes to accept and take responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches will be appropriately qualified and update their coaching licence as and when required by UK athletics.
  • Coaches will ensure that the activities they guide or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual athlete.
  • Coaches will at the outset, clarify with athletes (and where appropriate their parents or carers) exactly what is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from the coach.
  • Coaches will co-operate fully with other colleagues (eg other coaches, officials, team managers, sport scientists, doctors, physiotherapists and governing body staff) in the best interest of the athlete.
  • Coaches will consistently promote aspects of the sport (eg fair play) and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substance.
  • Try to observe a recommended maximum ratio of 1 coach to 12 athletes at a training session or work in partnership with another coach/coaching assistant
  • Coaches will develop appropriate working relationships with athletes (especially under18’s), based on mutual trust and respect. In particular, a coach will not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches will consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Coaches should never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching from another coach (whether or not licensed by UKA).
  • All coaches and club officials who work with young athletes must submit their names for a police no prescription canadian online pharmacy check. Club coaches will be asked to ensure they renew their licence and CRB every three years. All coaches working with young athletes should attend a recognised child protection course.

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An adult may become aware of abuse/poor practice in a number of ways. A child may tell you, a third party may report incidents or suspicions or you may have seen an incident or have strong suspicions.

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