GVC Juniors - Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Welcome to Guernsey Velo Club Juniors.  It is a condition of all Members, Coaches and Parents as well as any volunteer engaged on behalf of the club, to comply with all requirements of the GVC Juniors Code of Conduct during all club activities.


Failure to comply with the requirements of this Code of Conduct could result in a review by the Committee and may result in possible cancellation of membership or dismissal.  The Code of Conduct extends to all club social media groups, email communications, sporting events, training and social events.



Code of Conduct for Young People:  

As a young member you are expected to:

·       Arrive to all sessions and competitions in good time. 


·       Wearing suitable clothing (including a helmet) for all cycling activity sessions.


·       Checking all equipment is safe and fit for purpose, and respecting your equipment at all times and that of others (no deliberately throwing of any equipment will be tolerated).


·       Not touching or tampering with other people’s equipment, bicycles, clothing, and treating all participants in cycling as you like to be treated – not bullying or taking unfair advantage of another participant:  this extends to the use of any social media or What’s App communication between members.


·       Playing within the rules and respecting coaches and officials and all their decisions and respecting all attending the club regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion.


·       Demonstrating good sportsmanship by acknowledging all good performances, whether they are made by your club or the opposition.


·       Swearing or any form of verbal abuse towards coaches, officials and other riders, or deliberately distracting / provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in any sport, and may result in disqualification or points deduction.


·       Respect the environment and property, including parks, trails and other land used for sessions as we are very lucky to be able to use these areas.  Don’t spoil it for others.


·       Cooperating with your coach, club-helpers, club-mates and opponents.  Remember, without them there would be no competition


·       Thanking coaches, volunteers, officials and opponents after club activities and competition, this is all purely voluntary and again without them there would be no club.


·       Cheating or any action, intentional or not, where unfair advantage over other competitors is obtained or sought is unacceptable.


·       If wearing club kit outside of club sessions, to remember you are still representing the club so good behaviour and manners would be expected at all times.


·       All club members involved in cycling to respect other road users with the appropriate courtesy and respect for their rights and obligations and Highway Code.


Code of Conduct for Officials / Volunteers / Parents / Carers and Other Supporters: 

·       To consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.


·       To assist/support your child arriving to all sessions and competition in good time.


·       Parents/carers to provide suitable seasonal kit and clothing (including helmet) for all cycling sessions.  Checking all equipment is safe and fit for purpose, as session coach if you are unsure.  https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/Bike_helmet_and_clothing_checklist_2017.pdf


·       Inform the coach of any specific health or behavioural support requirements or medical conditions in advance of the coaching sessions by completion of a club membership form or a parental consent form and up to date.


·       Ensure that a designated adult is listed at sign on with contact number.  All riders of Primary school age must have a designated adult present at the session, they cannot be left!  A designated adult can be nominated for a maximum of 3 children. 


·       Encourage your child to listen effectively, try their best and follow the rules and demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. 


·       Demonstrate positive encouragement:  Never punish or abuse a child for losing or making mistakes.


·       Publicly accept officials’ judgements and teach children to do likewise:  Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.  Use correct and proper language at all times.


·       Show appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators.  Remember, without them, your child could not participate:  all the coaches and officials are volunteers.


·       Officials and Volunteers are to develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.


·       Officials are to make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part and to promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play/respect/ good sportsmanship).


·       Help all children to recognise good performance and conduct and not just the results.  Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.  Avoid comparing personal performance with others.


·       Support all children’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.  Remember, that, children participate in sport for their enjoyment.


·       Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion.


·       Officials are to ensure events have appropriate supervision, qualified coaches, first aiders and appropriate Child Protection in place.  (See link below)