Codes of Conduct
|Schoolboy Code of Conduct|
A Code of Conduct is important for young players, their parents and the staff at Cheltenham Town Football Club. It contains guidelines and rules that:
a) Outline expectations
b) Ensure safety and fairness
c) Reduce conflict
d) Ensure high standards of discipline
It is a form of contract with expectations and responsibilities for all those involved and should be read in conjunction with the Club’s Child Protection Scheme document. We hope to create a positive professional environment that will allow each player to maximize his potential as a footballer and develop into a responsible adult. Every member of The Cheltenham Town Centre of Excellence should aspire to levels of excellence, both on and off the field. Parents are encouraged to contribute to our regular Football League inspection.
1. A safe environment in which players can learn and develop without fear of abuse.
2. Medical screening, treatment, monitoring, advice and support.
3. A coaching and training programme appropriate to the needs and ability to each individual.
4. Opportunities to play in high quality Centre of Excellence games.
5. A profiling and feedback programme that will help each individual to reach his maximum potential.
6. An environment that will not tolerate any form of racial discrimination.
7. An environment that ensures players are treated equally and with the same respect, regardless of their ability.
8. Guidelines to the student and parent/guardians on the best ways for them to contribute to the Student’s football and personal development.
9. Educational support (in conjunction with the Student’s school) to ensure the continued academic and personal development of the Student.
10. To adhere to the rules laid down for the operation of a
The Player agrees to:
1. Attend the Cheltenham Town Centre of Excellence regularly and punctually for coaching and games.
2. Provide notice and reasons for any absences to your coach.
3. Immediately report any injury to the appropriate physiotherapist and remain under the care of the physiotherapist until given permission to resume coaching and playing.
4. Behave at all times, with self-discipline on and off the pitch.
5. Practice with enthusiasm the techniques and skills taught by Cheltenham Town Centre of Excellence, make them an important part of a daily programme and attempt to apply them in matches. Listen carefully to the information given to you by your coach.
6. Play and train with shirt tucked in, socks up and shin pads on.
7. Seek permission from your coach to participate in any match outside normal school hours. Academy games should take priority and there is a maximum limit of 30 games per season.
8. Be sporting and competitive in all games and treat opposition and officials with respect.
9. Attend school regularly and punctually. Complete all assignments and homework on time and behave in a cooperative and pleasant manner.
10. Follow a lifestyle appropriate to a professional athlete with good eating and drinking habits. Sleeping sensibly is also an important part of your development (in bed no later than for junior pupils and no later than for secondary pupils).
11. Discuss any problems with personal tutor/coach initially. He may then refer you on to another member of the Centre of Excellence Staff.
12. Adhere to Cheltenham Town FC Code of Conduct and the rules for the operation of its rules for its Centre of Excellence.
The Players/Guardians agree to:
1. Encourage and help the player meet targets in his practicing, playing and schoolwork.
2. Positively support the player without pressure and praise his achievements.
3. Support the work of the staff at the Cheltenham Town Centre of Excellence.
4. Set a good example to the player at all times.
5. Seek advice from the player’s coach/tutor when needed.
6. Communicate with the appropriate Centre of Excellence Staff, keeping them informed about matters affecting the player.
7. Seek the permission from his coach for the player to play in any matches outside normal school hours.
8. Ensure that Centre of Excellence games take priority and that he does not exceed 30 games per season.
9. Respect the opportunity given to the player and do not approach, or permit any other person to approach, any Club during the period of his registration, except as allowed under the Rules and Regulations governing Football Centre of Excellences.
10. Adhere to the Cheltenham Town Code of Conduct and the rules for the operation of the Centre of Excellence.
Medical and Rehabilitation
Our Medical Staff provide a high standard of care and advice for all schoolboy players. Injured players are treated and rehabilitated by our Physiotherapists with their progress monitored until the player reaches full fitness.
A medical protocol is in place for all players relating to injury, diagnosis, action and rehabilitation. It is important that players always report an injury to a member of the medical staff at the earliest opportunity.
This information is to help you to help yourself safely following an injury.
The five rules of advice
There are five things you can do to encourage the healing of your injury in the first 3 days. You can remember these five things by the letters PRICE
P – protection Protect the injured part from further aggravation and stop activities that make things worse.
R – rest Rest the injured part but keep it mobile so long as it is comfortable for you to do so.
I – ice Apply ice packs to the affected part as soon as possible. Use crushed ice or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a damp tea towel to prevent ice burn. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and repeat every 2
C – compression Use a bandage or tubigrip (a tubular bandage) to strap up the injured part, covering 8 inches either side. Make sure that the bandage is not too tight.
E – elevation Try to raise the injured part above the level of your heart when possible and remove your compression bandage. With a leg injury sit or lie down before raising the leg.
Further information on injuries see the information displayed on www.physioroom.com
|Code of Practice|
This simple set of ‘ground rules’ is intended to give a framework in which to develop a strong and positive attitude.
At Cheltenham Town Football Club, we have high standards both on and off the field of play and we are determined to maintain them. We expect all of our players to represent the Club to the highest standard possible both through playing and through personal contact with others.
This is out code of practice and as a player you are expected to follow it:
· Whenever you are representing Cheltenham Town Football Club, always be smartly dressed. Only tracksuits / kit issued by Cheltenham Town Football Club are to be worn.
· Always behave in a sociable manner, be polite and make an effort to talk to people.
· Always give people a friendly greeting and remember to say goodbye.
· Always prepare yourself thoroughly for training sessions and matches. Remember to eat sensibly, make sure you get the right amount of sleep and remember the importance of warm up and warm down routines.
· On the field of play, always play fairly within the rules and NEVER question the referee’s decision. Always turn up to matches with clean boots and remember that looking smart applies to your appearance on the pitch also, so make sure that you start the game with socks rolled up and shirt tucked in.
· When the game finishes, shake hands with the officials and the opposition.
· When you return to the changing rooms, hand your kit back according to the Coach’s instructions (do not leave it lying around) and remember to have a shower. Hot water and soap are excellent for helping muscles to recover. Make sure you leave the changing room in a tidy fashion.
REMEMBER if you want to be professional, you have to think and act like a professional.
Welcome to Cheltenham Town FC Centre of Excellence as we prepare to start the new season.
This booklet gives you information about the Centre of Excellence programme within the Club. Please retain it for future reference.
For some of our new players and their parents, ‘Centres Football’ will be a new experience this season.
Playing in Centres Football is by design, the most demanding level of football available to boys of school age and is intended for players of above average ability. Playing football within a Centre of Excellence gives players with the right ability and ambition opportunities to develop their skills under the guidance of a ‘professional’ club through a planned and co-ordinated programme of expert coaching the match play under the monitorship of the Football League.
For a player to be successful at any level, he must be given the right environment in which to perform. Individual playing ability is a key to success but this is by no means the only factor. We know that the players who make it in football are those who’s attitude and make up is geared towards the goal of becoming a ‘professional football’. Our aim is to educate our players in ALL aspects of training to be a professional so that we can maximise their chances of success through providing the right environment.
We plan to take an interest in all aspects of the development of our players and this includes progress made at school since it is vital that our youngest do not fall into the trap of ignoring their studies in pursuit of their dream. To this end, we aim to provide liaison between the club, school and parents.
We can only do this in co-operation with parents and other helpers and we as a club recognise the vital importance of this partnership to which we must all be committed.
Please read the rest of this booklet carefully and please do not hesitate to raise any further queries through the appropriate contacts. Here’s to a successful and enjoyable season ahead!
John BroughHead of Youth Development