Our Code of Conduct

The Trustees of Golden Hill Sports Ltd ensure that our club

  • Provides a safe and trusted environment. Safeguarding involves a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with our charity, not just vulnerable beneficiaries like children and young people.
  • Sets an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding, so it is safe for people to report incidents and concerns in the knowledge they will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Has adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people and make sure these are made public, reviewed regularly and kept up to date.
  • Handles incidents as they arise. Reports them to the relevant authorities including the police and the Charity Commission. Learns from these mistakes and puts in place the relevant mechanisms to stop them happening again.

All Members and Guests of the 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 behaviour
  • Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
  • 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 officials
  • Recognise good performance not just match results
  • Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance
  • Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
  • Respect Young People’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
  • Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club.
  • Not provide Young People 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 Young Person, 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
  • 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) NB This includes the online world – club officers and volunteers are actively discouraged from online or other electronic communication with children – any such communication should be via parents.
  • 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 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. These recommend “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 with respect to the safeguarding of children

Code of Conduct / Set of Rules for Young People

  • The 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 Tony Huszlicska, Club Welfare Officer at this email address.
  • All young people in the club under the age of 18 are expected to abide by the following junior code of conduct:
  • All youth players must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
  • All youth players must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Youth players should keep to agreed timings for training and matches or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
  • Youth players must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
  • Youth players must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Youth players are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at other venues.
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.