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KRC Junior Membership Code of Conduct and Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

 

Keysoe Riding Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline. Keysoe Riding Club believes that it is important that members, parents / guardians, officials, volunteers and coaches should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, both senior and junior members are always encouraged to be open and to share any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club with the Chair/Safeguarding Officer. 

 

The minimum age for junior membership of Keysoe Riding Club is 8 years old.

 

Junior Members have the right to: 

  • Be safe and happy in their chosen activity. 

  • Be listened to, respected and treated fairly. 

  • Privacy.

  • Be protected from harm. 

  • Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability. 

  • Experience competition and the desire to win. 

  • Be believed and supported. 

  • Ask for help. 

  • Have their concerns taken seriously and acted on as appropriate.

 

As a junior member of Keysoe Riding Club, you are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct: 

  • Keep yourself safe. 

  • Be in control of your horse/pony at all Riding Club training, events and/or competitions

  • Report any concerns about safeguarding poor practice / conduct you have to the Safeguarding Officer. 

  • Be friendly, supportive and show respect to coaches, officials and volunteers. 

  • Be friendly, supportive and show respect to other members on your team, members on opposing teams and other members.

  • Take care of and show respect to your horses / ponies. 

  • Play fairly and be trustworthy. 

  • Behave and listen to all instructions given by coaches, officials and volunteers. 

  • Abide by the rules of The British Riding Club and its Sports, and accept the decisions made by coaches, officials and volunteers. 

  • Politely query a decision you do not understand and listen to the explanation. 

  • Do not cheat, be rude, violent or aggressive. 

  • Refrain from using foul or abusive language. 

  • Refrain from bullying, getting involved in discrimination of any kind, or inappropriate peer pressure, including pushing others into something they do not want to do. This includes face to face interactions or through the use of social media or technology. 

  • Do not smoke, possess or consume alcohol or drugs, of any kind, whilst in attendance at Riding Club events or whilst representing Keysoe Riding Club

  • Do not engage in sexual activity whilst in attendance at Riding Club. 

  • Do not criticise officials, coaches, volunteers, staff, members or parents / guardians on social networking sites or using text messages / emails.

 

Parents / Guardians have the right to: 

  • Be assured that your child is safeguarded during their participation with Keysoe Riding Club. 

  • Be informed of problems or concerns relating to your child. 

  • Be informed if your child is injured. 

  • Have your consent sought for events such as residential camps and photography. 

  • Have the opportunity for input into the decisions made with Keysoe Riding Club. 

  • Have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s welfare listened to and responded to as appropriate. 

 

As parents / guardians of junior members of Keysoe Riding Club, you are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct: 

  • Keep yourself safe and be aware of your safeguarding responsibilities. 

  • Be present and in close proximity at training sessions, events and/or competitions with your child.

  • Ensure your child can ride independently and be in control of their horse/pony at all times.

  • Report any concerns about safeguarding poor practice / conduct you have to the Safeguarding Officer. 

  • Be a positive role model for your child and other members and show an interest in their chosen activity. 

  • Be friendly, supportive and show respect to all members, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and other parents / guardians, whether at Keysoe Riding Club or another. 

  • Ensure your child understands their Code of Conduct. 

  • Show respect to horses / ponies and show humane care for them at all times. 

  • Always conduct yourself in an appropriate manner, either face to face and when using social networking sites or technology. 

  • Promote the physical and emotional well-being of your child, other members and horses / ponies.

  • Praise all members equally and discourage unfair competition. Do not engage in or condone unsportsmanlike behaviour. 

  • Encourage your child that taking part, learning and showing good sportsmanship is of the utmost importance and promote that participation in sport is for fun. 

  • Do not punish or belittle your child for making mistakes, place your child under pressure or push them into sports or equestrian activities they do not want to or are not comfortable doing. Instead, you should support your child’s involvement. 

  • Refrain from being rude, using foul or abusive language, or being violent or aggressive.

  • Respect the property and equipment used in any activities. 

  • Refrain from interfering or undermining the authority of coaches or officials. Instead, politely discuss disputes / appeals at a suitable time with the correct official(s) including the decisions made by coaches or officials. 

  • Do not criticise officials, coaches, volunteers, staff, members or parents / guardians on social networking sites or using text messages / emails. 

  • Be aware that it is not acceptable to photograph or video an injured person.

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