Welcome to Burnbridge Wanderers JFC
Burnbridge Wanderers was founded in 1999. Burnbridge Warriors was created in 2002 to allow a second team to enter the Woodspring League.
In 2004 our girls entered league football for the first time.
The club is affiliated to The Somerset Football Association and in 2005 achieved FA Charter Standard accreditation, which was last renewed in 2019.
FA Charter Standard
The FA Charter Standard accreditation is a prestigious award presented to football clubs for quality, it sets best practices for coaching, administration and child protection.
Playing and Membership
The club provides football training and matches for both boys and girls in the following age groups:
• Under 6’s are not allowed to play any games under the FA Guidelines.
• Under 7’s – U10’s will participate in the Somerset Junior Premier League at manager’s discretion. U7’s and U8’s will play 5-a-side football on pitches in accordance with FA guidelines and take part in tournaments in line with League rules.
• U9’s and U10’s will play 7-a-side football rules as per the U7’s and U8’s.
• U11’s – U16’s will participate in the Woodspring Junior Football League. Teams at U11’s and U12’s will play 9-a-side football and on pitches in accordance with FA guidelines. U13’s to u16’s will play 11-a-side football.
1. Club Title, Objectives and Base.
1.1 The Club shall be titled BURNBRIDGE WANDERERS FOOTBALL CLUB. Its primary purpose shall be to provide for the playing of competitive and recreational football. The club is divided into 1). Adult section of Burnbridge Wanderers Football Club for under 18’s and adult teams and 2). Junior section Burnbridge Wanderers/Warriors Junior Football Club for boys and girls aged 5 to 18.
1.2 The Club official team colours are blue and black, in the event of a clash of team colours, the club (if they are the home team), will be required to wear training bibs or alternative strip.
1.3 The Club shall develop and progress small sided soccer in accordance with the rule changes implemented by the Football Association in 2013.
1.4 The Club shall use pitches and training areas at The King Alfred School, West Huntspill Playing Fields, Pawlett Pavilion and Highbridge Recreation Ground.
1.5 The purpose of the Club is to promote the amateur sport of Junior Football in the Burnham-on-Sea area, and community participation in the same.
2. Player and Member Eligibility
2.1 All persons shall be eligible to become members of the Club. Playing members shall be required to meet the relevant age criteria; the operative date for which shall be the 1st September of any one Playing Season.
2.2 Applications for membership as a player will be openly considered during the closed season i.e. between 1st July and the end of August each year. During the Playing season, applications for membership as a player (particularly on a transfer basis from other football clubs), will be subject to the discretion of the Management Committee and only after acceptance has been made by the parent or guardian of the applicant player.
2.3 Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application regardless of sex, age (within the specified age groups), disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities / team number limits is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.
2.4 All players signed for an age group will be considered by the manager as a playing member and be considered for team selection. Squad sizes should exceed no more than 16 players for age groups 11-18 and no more than 20 players for age groups 9-10’s. In the event of an age group having more than the recommended number of player’s consideration should be given to creating a ‘Warriors’ team. For other age groups 6-8’s there should be no limit on squad size other than having the correct ratio of adults to children.
2.5 All fees are passed at the Annual General Meeting; the player membership is paid on a yearly basis and entitles each player to participate in matches and yearly competitions.
2.6 No player will be signed with the club or league until all of following is handed to the club secretary at the same time.
1. Club signing on form fully completed.
2. Club signing on fee.
3. GDPR form fully completed and signed.
2.7 The club secretary will then ensure the player is registered with the appropriate league.
2.8 Consequences of teams playing or training with unregistered players will mean that the main management committee have the ability to suspend teams from training and matches until all forms are completed should they feel appropriate.
3.1 The Club shall be affiliated to the Football Association of England and The Somerset County Football Association, shall conduct its affairs and transactions in accordance with the Laws, Rules and Bye-Laws of the two institutions.
4. Club Management Committee
4.1 The Club shall be managed by a committee to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, and shall consist of mandatory officers as follows:
4.1.4 CLUB WELFARE OFFICER
4.1.5 CHARTER STANDARD CO-ORDINATOR
4.2 The following optional officers may also be elected, as agreed at the Annual General Meeting:
4.2.2 VICE PRESIDENT(S)
4.2.3 VICE CHAIRMAN
4.2.4 ASSISTANT SECRETARY
4.2.5 WOODSPRING LEAGUE & SJPL LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE
4.2.6 GIRLS FOOTBALL CO-ORDINATOR
4.2.7 ADDITIONAL MEMBERS to make up a Management Committee whose number shall not exceed 12 in total – this does not include Team Managers etc. as detailed in rule 4.3.
4.3 Each team will be permitted one vote per item at the Manager Committee meetings; whereby the team is represented by either the Team Manager, Assistant or Team Secretary. However, where one of the above is also on the core committee, they will only be permitted one vote per item.
4.4 A Committee Officer once elected shall hold office until the Annual General Meeting next following the meeting at which the appointment was made.
5. Powers of the Management Committee, Voting Rights of the Committee Members and Committee Quorum.
5.1 The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members, such members shall have voting rights.
5.2 Each elected Committee Member shall have one vote per item at the Management Committee meetings, with the Chairperson or acting Chairperson having one additional casting vote.
5.3 For the purposes of conducting committee business, a quorum shall comprise of one third of the elected committee members, this number will be rounded down to the next whole number. In the absence of the elected Chairperson, those present at the Management Committee meeting and forming the required quorum, shall have the power to appoint from their number an acting chairperson to conduct the business for that meeting only.
5.4 The Management Committee shall have the power to set up Sub-Committees for whatever purpose(s) it may deem necessary e.g. for fund-raising, organising social events or for the maintenance of club discipline. Each sub-committee shall operate under the jurisdiction of the elected Management Committee, and may implement decisions or actions only with the approval and agreement of the main Management Committee.
5.5 The Management Committee shall have the power to require any club member or appointed team manager to appear before it to justify any actions taken by such persons. The Management Committee shall have the ability to impose fines, penalties or expulsion from the Club, if it is considered that such action is against the interest of the Club or not in accordance with the Club rules or Management Committee policy.
5.6 The Management Committee shall meet each month with the elected Chairperson having the right to call additional Committee Meetings whenever it is deemed necessary seven days’ notice must be given to elected committee members prior to each Management Committee Meeting.
6. Club Bank Account & Finances
6.1 The Club finances will be held at a financial establishment chosen to benefit the Club this will be decided via a majority vote at a Management Committee Meeting.
6.2 All surplus income or profits are re-invested into the Club. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or a third party.
6.3 At the end of each financial year the club’s accounts will be independently audited.
7. Public Liability and Personal Insurance
7.1 The Club will hold a Public Liability Insurance.
7.2 The Club will hold Personal Accident Insurance, although it is advisable for parents of players to consider taking out their own personal accident insurance for their children if they feel it is necessary.
7.3 Any player wishing to take tester training sessions will be required to complete a temporary registration form.
7.4 Burnbridge Wanderers/Warriors Junior Football Club will not be liable for any loss or damage to property or vehicles parked at either The King Alfred School, West Huntspill Playing Fields, Pawlett Pavillion, Highbridge Recreation Ground or any other location during matches or team training.
8. Annual General Meetings
8.1 The Club shall hold an Annual General Meeting no later than the 30th May each year. A minimum 14 days’ notice, either by individual letters or public notification shall be given of the date and location of the Annual General Meeting.
8.2 The following business shall be conducted at the Annual General Meeting:
8.2.1 Presentation and acceptance of the closing year’s financial report.
8.2.2 The cut-off date for the closure of the clubs’ financial records for the ensuing year, this date will be no later than 30th April.
8.2.3 Election of Club Officers, this shall be via secret ballot of those present and officers will only be duly elected if they receive 50% of the votes or more.
8.2.4 Appointment of Team Managers.
8.2.5 Chairperson’s report for the closing season.
8.2.6 Report from other elected officers, should the Chairperson require these.
8.2.7 Changes/amendments of Club rules, of which notice shall have been given at the time of the notification of the Annual General Meeting.
8.2.8 Club Membership, match and winter training fees for the ensuing season.
8.2.9 Club/Team colours, number of teams and age groups.
8.2.10 Competitions/leagues in which the Club teams/representatives will participate in the ensuing season.
8.2.11 Any other business, at the discretion of the Chairperson, or if the notice was given at the time of notification of the Annual General Meeting.
9. Club Trustees & Dissolution
9.1 The elected Chairperson, Secretary and Club Treasurer shall be deemed to be trustees and custodians of all property purchased from club funds or specifically donated to the club, e.g. playing equipment, footballs, team kits and trophies.
9.2 Upon the dissolution of the Club (via a majority decision at an Annual or General meeting), any remaining assets shall be given or transferred to another registered CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club), a registered charity or the sport’s governing body. However, any asset disposal shall not be implemented until it has been agreed at a general meeting.
10. Team Managers
10.1 Each team will have a Team Manager who will use their own discretion and initiative regarding team/age group selection and training, subject to the Management Committee being satisfied that Club policy and principles is/are being properly implemented. Before commencing coaching within the club all managers must obtain a CRC (Criminal Records Check). Following this they must book onto an FA Level 1 course within 6 months of becoming a Team Manager.
10.2 The Management Committee shall be authorised to recruit and use adult assistants to help Team Managers whenever such additional help is required. These individuals will be required to obtain a CRC (Criminal Records Check) before commencing coaching.
10.3 The Club will follow the recommendations of the FA/County FA that there should be 1 adult suitably qualified and/or CRC checked to every 10 children. Therefore, each age group should have 1 manager and 1 assistant as a minimum.
11. Annual Presentation Event.
11.1 Whenever practical the Club will hold an end of season presentation event.
12. Changes, Amendments to Club Rules and Implementation of Club Rules.
12.1 Club rules may only be changed/amended by a special general meeting or an Annual General Meeting, 14 days’ notice must be given to all registered members of the proposed changes/amendments.
12.2 The Management Committee shall have discretion and authority to deal with any matters not covered by these rules, dealing with such matters in what they deem to be in the best interests of the Club.
13. Club Discipline
13.1 All registered Club members, elected officers, players and Team Managers are required at all times to be representatives of Burnbridge Wanderers/Warriors Junior Football Club, in the community and the world of football at large, and conduct themselves accordingly.
The Club will not tolerate foul or abusive language, aggressive or unreasonable behaviour directed against Match Officials, other Players and Supporters, Club Officials or Team Managers.
13.2 Club discipline will be administered in accordance with the disciplinary practices of the English Football Association and Somerset Football Association, with the rights to appeal to either or both organisations being applicable and addendum to these rules lists the essentials of the disciplinary procedure.
13.3 Termination of Club Membership or expulsion from the Club shall be implemented only in accordance with the terms of rule 13.2 above; in no case shall any recommended expulsion/membership termination be implemented unless ratified by a special subcommittee on behalf of the Management Committee. Ratification will be by a two-thirds majority vote of the subcommittee.
13.4 Should players incur fines, these shall be paid by the club in the first instance to avoid interest penalty charges. However the fines sub-committee will review each fine on a monthly basis. This committee along with the team manager will evaluate the reasoning behind the fine and access if the player is liable to pay the fine.
14. Agreement to Abide by Club Rules.
14.1 Each player on registering with the Club, shall be given a copy of these rules. Satisfactory completion of registration shall be regarded as agreement to abide by these rules and to accept any imposed penalties whenever there is a breach of any rule, subject to the existing rights of appeal.
Parents/Guardians completing registration on behalf of their child or wards shall be deemed responsible for ensuring that their children/wards are aware of the rules, and to ensure that they are implemented accordingly.
Parents/Guardians Please Note:
Under the current Child Protection Act, you are responsible for the safety of your charges. Please make yourself familiar with the requirements of this act; the act requires that they are always under the supervision of an adult.
Whilst the Club will do all it can to ensure the safety of children, the ultimate responsibility is with the child’s parent/guardian.
Safeguarding Children Policy
1. Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club (BWFC) acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.
2. The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children policy are that:
• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.
We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. BWFC recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
3. BWFC has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children regulation applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteers, match officials, helpers on club tours, football coaches, club officials or medical staff.
4. We endorse and adopt The FA’s Safeguarding Children Guidelines for recruiting volunteers and will:
• Develop a role profile
• Request identification documents
• As a minimum, meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing
• Require an FA CRC Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines.
All current BWFC members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRC Enhanced Disclosure via the FA CRC Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of BWFC, guidance will be sought from the Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The FA CRC Unit Enhanced Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.
It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.
5. BWFC supports the FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0844 980 8200 4787, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW10 9EQ or by going directly to the Police, Social Services or the NSPCC.
BWFC encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
6. BWFC has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise directly with the CFA CWO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
7. BWFC acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.
Incidents need to be reported to the manager, the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA CWO.
8. Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents or Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by BWFC. In order to validate these Codes of Conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these Codes.
9. The club shall ensure that access to confidential information is restricted to the Club Welfare and Protection Officers, appropriate club officers and/or external authorities.
10. The club shall respond swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of abuse, and by providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.
11. Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
• BWFC Child Welfare Officer – Email email@example.com
• See Front Cover for further contact details.
• The County Football Association’s Child Welfare Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook.
• NSPCC on their 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line on 0845 210 8080.
The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that BWFC is equally accessible to them all.
BWFC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it.
BWFC’s commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. It means that BWFC will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.
BWFC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal.
BWFC will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
We are committed to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within the club and within football.
BWFC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation – Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts.
BWFC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to the attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.
Code of Conduct for Players
Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game.
But not winning, at any cost – Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.
This code focuses on players involved in top-class football. Nevertheless, the key concepts in the code are valid for players at all levels.
Obligations towards the game
A player should:
• Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities in terms of skills, technique, tactics and stamina
• Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved
• Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
• Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time wasting
• Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
• Not use inappropriate language.
Obligations towards the club
A player should:
• Play to the best of their ability and promote the club in a positive manner.
• Respect their Manager, club officials, match officials and opponents.
• Show commitment including reliability and punctuality.
• Pay the required fees without arrears.
Obligations towards one’s own team
A player should:
• Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win
• Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.
Respect for the Laws of the Game and Competition Rules
A player should:
• Know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules
• Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally
• Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
Respect towards opponents
A player should:
• Treat opponents with due respect all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
• Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
Respect towards match officials
A player should:
• Accept the decision of the match official without protest
• Avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official
• Show due respect towards match officials
Respect towards team officials
A player should:
• Abide by the instructions of their coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
• Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.
Obligations towards the supporters
A player should:
• Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
Code of Conduct for Parents/Spectators
Parents/spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – its fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within your club, it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:
• Children enjoying football
• A sense of personal achievement
• Improvement in the child’s skills and techniques.
A parent’s/spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:
• Other players
Ensure that parents/spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own.
Encourage parents/spectators to:
• Applaud the opposition as well as your own team
• Avoid coaching the child during the game
• Not to shout and scream
• Respect the referee’s decision
• Give attention to each of the children involved in football, not just the most talented
• Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.
Ensure that parents/spectators within the club agree and adhere to the BWFC Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Children Policy.
The club expects all parents and spectators to:
• Provide transport to players for both training and matches.
• Support the team manager, team and players.
• Be positive role models in terms of language, attitude, restraint and sportsmanship.
• Use positive comments only – encourage rather than discourage.
The following will not be tolerated by the Club and is deemed completely unacceptable behaviour:
• Verbal abuse.
• Negative comments
• Entering the field of play.
• Obscene or discriminatory language.
• Arguing with officials or opposition supporters.
• Supporting bad behaviour of players
• Interfering in the Managers role.
Code of Conduct for Coaches
1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
2. Place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
3. Adhere to all guidelines laid down by the Rules of The Football Association.
4. Develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
5. Not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
6. Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
7. Ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
8. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, the parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
9. Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
10. Always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. Fair Play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
11. Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
12. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language or behaviour.
13. Organise team matters including selection, training and equipment.
14. Manage team discipline and encourage self-discipline in players.
15. Promote sportsmanship and act as a role model.
16. Manage the coaching of basic skills and tactics.
17. Abide by the club constitution and any decisions made by the club’s committee.
18. All Coaches are required to submit any collected subs, fees, fundraising or other funds to the club treasurer within 14 days of the match, training session or fundraising activity. Failure to comply will result in the matter being escalated to the Club Chairman and Committee.
19. Each coach will record and report to the Club Welfare Officer and /or Club Secretary any incident during or after a game that could lead to action being taken or complaint being made action against Burnbridge Wanderers JFC officers, players or supporters. Details should also be reported of other clubs’ conduct should a future need or future incident occur with that same club.
Code of Conduct for Team Officials
This code applies to all team/club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).
Obligations towards the game
The team official should:
• Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
• Promote and develop own team having regard to the interest of the players, supporters and reputation of the national game
• Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests
• Avoid all forms of gamesmanship
• Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game
• Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
• Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
Obligations towards the team
The team official should:
• Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means
• Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests
• Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques
• Promote ethical principles
• Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other officials, at their own club/team and others.
Obligations towards the supporters
The team official should:
• Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
Respect towards the match officials
A team official should:
• Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest
• Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
• Show due respect towards Match Officials.
Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
• Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically) sending hurtful messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening gestures)
• Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
• Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
• Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
• Homophobic – because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
• Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.
Why is it important to respond to bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. The impact upon a child or young person can be devastating and in some cases affect all aspects of their life, in extreme circumstances it can lead to suicide threats or even attempts.
This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Objectives of this policy.
• All club members, coaches, officials and parents/carers should have an understanding of what bullying is
• All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
• All players and parents/carers should know what the club policy is on bullying and what they should do if bullying arises
• As a club we take bullying seriously. Players and parents/carers should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported
• Bullying will not be tolerated.
Signs and indicators
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
• Says he or she is being bullied
• Is unwilling to go to club sessions
• Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
• Feels ill before training sessions
• Comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
• Has possessions go ‘missing’
• Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
• Has unexplained cuts or bruises
• Is frightened to say what’s wrong
• Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
In more extreme cases:
• Starts stammering
• Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
• Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
• Is bullying other children or siblings
• Stops eating
• Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
1. Report bullying incidents to the CWO or a member of the club’s committee or contact the CFA CPO
2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the CFA CPO for advice and possibly to The FA Case Management System
3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
4. If necessary and appropriate, the Police will be consulted
5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
7. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.
Recommended club action
If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation, they should follow the procedure outlined below.
1. Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
2. If this fails/is not appropriate, a small panel (made up from the chairman, CWO, secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent/carer and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account.
3. The same three members should meet with the alleged bully and parents/carer and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should be taken and agreed by all as a true account.
4. If bullying has in their view taken place, the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties if appropriate at this time.
5. In some cases, the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.
6. All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. the warning.
In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone within the club under 18
1. The CFA CPO should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken where appropriate.
2. It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a team manager, official or coach, The FA’s Child Protection and Best Practice awareness training may be recommended.
3. More serious cases may be referred to the Police and/or Social Services.
• BWFC have a written constitution, which includes what is acceptable and proper behaviour for all members of which the anti-bullying policy is one part.
• All club members and parents will sign to accept the constitution upon joining the club
• The CWO will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue openly and constructively.
Health and Safety Policy
Health and Safety Policy Statement
BWFC is strongly committed to encouraging our members to take part, but the health, well-being and safety of each individual is always our paramount concern. We recommend levels of training dependent on age and ability, and expect our junior athletes to participate within these boundaries.
Health and Safety Policy
To support our Health and Safety policy statement we are committed to the following duties:
• Create a safe environment by putting health and safety measures in place a necessary and as dictated by the nature or each club event.
• Provide access to adequate first aid facilities, telephone and qualified first aider at all times
• Ensure all members are aware of the club’s health and safety policy and procedures
• Report/record any injuries or accidents sustained during any club activity.
Club Members Must
• Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do or do not do
• Co-operate with the club on health and safety issues
• Correctly use all equipment provided by the club
Guidelines for dealing with an incident/accident:
• Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there danger of further injuries?
• Listen to what the injured person is saying.
• Alert the first aider who should take appropriate action for minor injuries.
• In the event of an injury requiring specialist treatment, call the emergency services.
• Deal with the rest of the group and ensure that they are adequately supervised.
• Do not move someone with major injuries. Wait for the emergency medics.
• Contact the injured person’s parent/carer.
• Complete an incident/accident report form and submit to the club secretary to hold on file.