NEWTOWN AFC recognises its responsibilities to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are attracted to and participate in football. As part of the club’s commitment to providing good quality football in a safe environment, the Welfare Policy and Code of Conduct and Good Practice have been extended to cover everyone (paid and unpaid staff, volunteers, coaches, officials and players) taking part in the sport of football in Wales.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

“A relationship of trust is defined as any in which a person has power or influence over and/or is in a position to confer advancement or failure. A sexual relationship is deemed to be intrinsically unequal within such a relationship of trust and is therefore judged as unacceptable, even where the young person or participant is above the legal age of consent.”

A “Vulnerable Adult” is any with a learning or physical disability or physical or mental illness, which results in their being incapable of protecting themselves from abuse and when their moral well being may be overpowered.

A “Vulnerable Person” is any adult or the weaker party in a relationship of trust.

AIMS

  • To establish an effective system to ensure that all children, young people and vulnerable adults are able to enjoy football in as safe an environment as possible.
  • To ensure that everyone involved in football at the club, in whatever capacity, is trained in the welfare and protection of children, young adults and vulnerable adults.
  • To promote high standards of behaviour by all those involved in all aspects of football.
  • To ensure everyone who enjoys football at the club is protected from sexual harassment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to ensure that all members, officials, voluntary or paid workers, players and participants are protected from abuse, exploitation, harassment and harm, inside or outside of the Club, the Board of NEWTOWN AFC will:

  • Accept the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care to children, young people and vulnerable adults, safeguard their well being and protect them from abuse.
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feeling of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Recruit, train and supervise its employees and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse, and themselves against false allegations.
  • Require staff/volunteers to adopt and abide by the NEWTOWN AFC Code of Conduct and Good Practice and Welfare Policy and Procedures.
  • Require that all coaches, officials and volunteers be aware of the potential for the development of a relationship of trust between themselves and young people and vulnerable adults, and the consequences inherent in the accidental or intentional abuse of that relationship.

PRINCIPLES

The key principles underlining the Welfare Policy are that:

  • The Welfare of children and young people (the Children’s Act 1989, defines a young person as under 18 years of age) and vulnerable adults is the primary concern.
  • All children, young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All incidents of poor practice and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • Confidentiality should be upheld in line with the Data Protection Act (1998), and the Human Rights Act (1998).
  • It is the responsibility of the Child Protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns.
  • All forms of sexual harassment are prohibited.

NEWTOWN AFC Supporters Charter sets out our club’s commitment to give our supporters a safe and enjoyable experience of football at our club.

Football Club:

  • Will set out and publish service and safety standards, giving a framework by which its performance can be judged by themselves and others.
  • Take action if service or safety performance falls short of the published standards.
  • Will provide a forum by which supporters may raise their comments or concerns.
  • Will review its standards annually.
  • Will commit to keep the supporter informed of activity at the club.
  • Will publish its charter and make it freely available to all

THE CHARTER

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

Our club will set service level targets wherever possible and appropriate. We will strive to achieve the targets and publish its performance against the service level targets.

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Our club undertakes to keep our supporters informed as to changes at the club by whatever means the Board decides is the most cost effective.

Our club undertakes to keep our supporters informed on a regular basis by whatever means it decides are appropriate and cost effective.

Our club will publish its position on major policy issues.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Our club will publish details of the availability of and pricing policy for special needs seating and their carers. These details will be published at the earliest possible opportunity.

TICKET SALES

Our club:

  • will publish details of the availability of and its pricing policy of all tickets.
  • will publish amendments at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • will publish its policy for returned and unwanted tickets.
  • will publish its tickets return policy for abandoned matches.
  • will provide a range of ticket prices.
  • will offer a method of instalment payment for season tickets.
  • will offer reduced prices for restricted view seating.
  • will offer an appropriate concessionary ticket policy.
  • will publish its policy on visiting support ticket allocation.
  • will publish details of any membership, loyalty, bond, debenture or similar scheme.

FIXTURE LISTS

The club undertakes to keep the supporters informed as to fixture changes by whatever means it decides is the most cost effective and appropriate.

STADIUM

The club undertakes to provide a clean and safe stadium with the appropriate facilities.

The club will provide an area for the exclusive use of family groups and junior supporters.

The club undertakes to provide access for those with special needs.

EQUALITY

The club undertakes to encourage an environment free of sectarian and racial abuse.

CATERING

The club undertakes to provide or subcontract an appropriate catering service for all spectators at the ground.

MERCHANDISING

All replica strips will have a lifespan of at least two seasons from the date of introduction.

The date of introduction will be included on the garment swing ticket

Details of the next intended change of kits will be available from the club.

Newtown Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

Equality of opportunity at Newtown Football Club means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

This includes:

•    The advertisement for volunteers.

•    The selection of candidates for volunteers.

•    Courses.

•    External coaching and education activities and awards.

•    Football development activities.

•    Selection for teams.

•    Appointments to honorary positions.

•    Newtown Football Club will not tolerate racist, sectarian, sexual or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

•    Newtown Football Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

•    Newtown Football Club gives a commitment to ensure that the club is open to all and the team selection policy will be determined by sporting ability and character of the individual and the collective balance of the team.

•    Each player and employee contract will include the clause: Newtown Football Club is opposed to racism, sectarianism, bigotry and discrimination in any form. I the undersigned share these principles and give commitment to uphold and promote these standards.

•    Newtown Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.

•    All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:

    Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.

    Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different from the requirements for others.

    Imposing on an individual requirements, which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition, which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.

    Victimisation of an individual.

    Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.

    Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in the entire Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

•    Newtown Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

•    Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

Newtown Football Club does not condone the use of racism around the ground within the stands or on the pitch whether it be the first team or a kick about.

The club will deal with any incidents of racism by informing the relevant authorities, the police if needs be, and will ban anyone responsible from the club.

Every year the club is part of the weekend held by Kick it Out, to kick racism out of football.

It includes wearing shirts before the game, holding signs and putting signs around the ground.

 

NEWTOWN AFC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.

All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:

  1. Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.
  2. Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different from the requirements for others.
  3. Imposing on an individual requirements, which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition, which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
  4. Victimisation of an individual.
  5. Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
  6. Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

NEWTOWN AFC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

 

The Club has introduced Fair Play Charters, which should be abided by at all times, when representing the club.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE TEAM COACHES

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  • Coaches must 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.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
  • Coaches must promote and encourage, particularly to young players, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet.
  • Coaches must provide guidance and support to players on the dangers of drug abuse.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS

A player should:

  • Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
  • Make every effort to lead a healthy lifestyle which will include an appropriate diet and an avoidance of recreational or performance enhancing drugs.
  • 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 for 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 one’s own team

A player should:

  • Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help their own team win.
  • Resist any influence that 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 with an equal measure of dignity.
  • Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents

A player should:

  • Treat opponents with due respect at 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 the Match Officials

A player should:

  • Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
  • Avoid words or actions that 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 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 their 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 for 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 to obtain the best results for 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 for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others.

Obligations towards the Supporters

The team official should:

  • Show due respect for 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 that may mislead a Match Official.
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS WITH YOUNG PLAYERS CONNECTED WITH THE CLUB

  • Children enjoying football.
  • A sense of personal achievement.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Improving the child’s skills and techniques.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SUPPORTERS

The crowd is considered to be an organic component of a football game. The support of the fans may contribute to the success of the team. The crowd is not expected to watch the game in silence. Encouragement of the teams by shouting, non-abusive singing, etc. may have a positive influence on the atmosphere in accordance with the spirit of Fair Play.

The spectators are, however, expected to respect the opponents and the referee. They should appreciate the performance of the opposition even if they emerge as winners. They should in no way intimidate or frighten opponents, the referee or opposing supporters.