Administrators play a vital role in sport, particularly to reduce the potential for things to go wrong. Here, you can access resources to help you manage risks in your sport.
Coaches and officials are what make sport tick. They play a crucial role in helping keep sport safe, fair and inclusive. Here are a number of tools and resources to help you do just that.
If you are a player then you can make a huge contribution to making sport safe, fair and inclusive. Your behaviour influences others, not only your team mates, but everyone involved in sport.
As a parent you should be aware of your clubs responsibilities. At the same time you also have responsibilities and you can play a huge role in creating a safe environment for your child.
What would sport do without them? Coaches provide players with the skills and knowledge needed to develop, improve and succeed in their sport. But perhaps more importantly, they also have a major influence over participants’ enjoyment of sport.
It is not surprising then that sport is often characterised by close relationships between coaches and players, whereby coaches are in positions of trust and able to assert authority and power over players. The proper use of this power is vitally important in all coach and player relationships.
While the vast majority of coaches are ethical, competent and safe, unfortunately some abuse their power, authority and the trust held by those they coach. Some cases are clear cut, but in other situations it is not always so obvious, as the line between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour is often a matter of intent, perception and context.
Do any of the following seem familiar?
All of the above scenarios are inappropriate and disrespectful and should have no place in sport. Young children must be able to participate in a sporting environment that is fun, safe, fair and inclusive.
Coaches need to protect themselves and those that they coach from behaviour that could be viewed as discrimination, harassment, and in particular, child abuse. It is important they:
The good news is that there are practical resources that can assist you meet your roles and responsibilities as a coach. Play by the Rules has free information and training tailored to coaches on how to prevent and respond to discrimination, harassment and child protection issues, including:
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