All Members and Guests of Whiteley Village Cricket Club will:

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket
  2. 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
  3. Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
  4. Display high standards of behaviour
  5. Promote the positive aspects of cricket e.g. fair play
  6. Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
  7. Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
  8. Recognise good performance not just match results
  9. Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance.
  10. Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
  11. Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket
  12. Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club.
  13. Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
  14. Follow ECB guidelines set out in the WVCC Safeguarding Policy Statement and any other relevant guidelines issued
  15. 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:

(a) Have been appropriately vetted if required, before taking on their role

(b) Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance

(c) Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)

(d) Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket

(e) Know and understand the WVCC Safeguarding Policy Statement

(f) Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect

(g) Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval

(h) 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’

(i) Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children

Download a copy of our Code of Conduct here.