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Hurstpierpoint Colts FC is a dedicated football club operated for the benefit of children aged between 5 and 16. It is operated by a committee and team of coaches, who provide a fun and safe environment for the coaching and playing of football within the community of Hurstpierpoint. All our coaches and assistant coaches are vetted through the DBS process and we have in place a structured process, managed by our welfare officer and committee, covering safeguarding children and emergency first aid.

Our Coaches and Assistant Coaches are key to the establishment of a safe environment for our club to operate in. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct. Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in the coaching young people, and our coaches are made aware of this. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club.

Set out below is The F.A. Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches), which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching:

1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

7. Coaches must 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, parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

10. 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.

11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

12. Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of your child whilst playing with Hurstpierpoint Colts or any issues you would like to raise regarding the respect agenda, please contact the Welfare Officer. Please see the contacts page.

Code Of Conduct

Spectators and Parents/Carers

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

Play your part and observe The FA's Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times.

    • Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectator Area (where provided)

    • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

    • Always respect the match officials' decisions.

    • Applaud effort and good play as well as success.

    • Remember that children play for FUN.

    • Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do.

    • Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials.

    • Never criticise a player for making a mistake -mistakes are part of learning.


It is important everyone behaves themselves when playing football.

As a player, you have a big part to play. That's why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

    • Always do my best, even if we're losing or the other team is stronger.

    • Play fairly - I won't cheat, complain or waste time.

    • Never be rude to my team-mates, the other team, the referee, spectators or my coach/team manager.

    • Do what the referee tells me.

    • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game.

    • Listen to my coach/team manager and respect what he/she says.

    • Talk to someone I trust, for example my parents or the club welfare officer if I'm unhappy about anything at my club.

Hurstpierpoint Colts has signed up to the FA Respect agenda.

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football, at all levels, to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. It is the behavioural code for football. Respect is a continuous FA programme, not a one-off initiative.