Code of Conduct for Club Members and Guests

Members and Guests of Stockport Trinity Cricket Club are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.

All Members and Guests of Stockport Trinity Cricket 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 children above the development of performance

Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual

Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket

Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club.

Not provide children 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 child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:

o Have been appropriately vetted, if required, before taking on their role

o Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance

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

o Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket

o Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’

o Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect

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

o 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”

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

If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution and as may be amended from time to time.

Discipline and Appeals Procedure

All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be lodged in writing with the Secretary.

The Committee shall appoint a Disciplinary sub-committee who will meet to hear complaints within 10 days of a complaint being lodged.  Any member requested to attend a Disciplinary sub-committee shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses.  The Committee (or its sub-committee) has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action, including the termination of membership.

The outcome of the disciplinary hearing shall be put in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days following the hearing.

There shall be a right of appeal to the Committee against either the finding or the sanction imposed or both following disciplinary action being taken.  The Committee shall appoint an Appeals Committee (a maximum of three) which shall not include members involved with the initial disciplinary hearing but may include non members of the club. The Appeals Committee shall consider the appeal within 10 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.  The individual submitting the appeal shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses.  The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding on all parties.