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Mission Statement

“Great Barr Harriers Football Club's mission is to provide the children who are members of The Club with the opportunity to play competitive football in the local area, in a safe and controlled environment, under the supervision of FA Qualified Coaches.”

“ The aim is also to encourage everyone involved with The Club, in whatever capacity, to help our young players find enjoyment and fun in teamwork, through genuine effort and enthusiasm for the thoroughly enjoyable sport of football.”

“Great Barr Harriers Football Club, and all members, appreciate and respect the trust offered to them by the Parents/Guardians of all children associated to The Club, and for this reason will promote and implement all Policies of Best Practice advised by The Football Association.



Club Officials Code of Conduct

In Our Obligations towards the Game

The team official should;
Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
Promote and develop his / her 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.
Should 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.
Do not use or tolerate bad language.

In Our 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.
Will show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, of their own club / team and others at ALL times.

In Our Obligations towards the supporters

The team official should;
Show due respect for the interests of supporters at all times.

In Our Obligations towards match officials

The team Official should;
Accept all the decisions of the Match Official and avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
Will show due respect towards Match Officials at all times.

Players Code of Conduct

Players are expected to follow all guidelines and rules laid down in the Clubs Constitution and the Codes of Conduct.
Players should respect and look after, all training equipment and playing areas, at all times.
Players should play football because they enjoy it, and they want too, not to please anyone else.
Players must accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance during training and in matches.

Players should always ensure that when they represent Great Barr Harriers either at training or on match days they are positive and respectful
Players must never use Foul or abusive language towards anyone in the game at any time.
Players must always adhere to the positive aspects of the sport and show respect at all times to match officials, opposing players, opposing managers and supporters.

Players should Show due respect at ALL times to match officials, and accept there decisions without Protest.

Players should make every effort to attend training sessions, and ensure that coaches are informed when they are not available.
Players should accept success and failure, victory and defeat EQUALLY.

Parents Code of Conduct

Parents and Guardians have a great influence on their children’s enjoyment and development within the Game (football)
All children play football because they first and foremost they love the game - its fun!
It’s important to remember that however good a child becomes at football whilst playing for Great Barr Harriers, positive encouragement towards all players will contribute to;

Children enjoying the game more

A sense of personal achievement, and Self-esteem.

Improvement in the child’s Skills and Techniques.

All parents and Guardians expectations and attitudes will have a significant bearing on their child’s attitude towards, other players, Club Officials, Managers and Spectators, and the game of Football in General.

Parents and Guardians will always be encouraged by the club to give positive encouragement to ALL children playing for Great Barr Harriers, with this in mind you should always endorse the following:

Refrain from shouting or screaming at anyone within the game

Accept the referee’s decisions at all times and never challenge them

Applaud the Opposition as well as tour own team 

Avoid coaching your own child or any others during the game

Encourage all Players not just your own   

Ensure that all players are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, and have the correct footwear, shin pads and drinks

It is the responsibility of Parents and Guardians to ensure that there child arrives at training and matches safely and on time. Also it’s the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure that there child is safely collected from training and matches. The Club or its coaches are not responsible for a child once training or a match has finished. 

Remember for the enjoyment of ALL, this code of conduct is expected to be followed by all Parents and Guardians.

Club Complaints Procedure

In the event that any Parent or child feeling that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way, or that any of the Clubs policies, rules, or Code's of Conduct have been broken;
they should follow the following procedure;

1. Report any incident to the Parents representative of your child’s age group stating your complaints or concerns.

2. Report the matter to the Club Secretary, Child Protection Officer or any member of the Management Committee.

Your report should include the following details;
How, when , and where the incident took place.
Any witness statement or names.
Names or details of any others who have been treated in a similar way or experienced the same complaint.
Details of any former report or complaints made about the incident, date, when and to who made them.
An indication as to your preferred solution to the incident.

The Clubs Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.

The Clubs Management Committee will have the power to;
1. Warn as to future conduct.
2. Suspend any person from activities connected with Great Barr Harriers
3. Permanently ban any person found to have broken the Clubs Policies or Codes of Conduct.

Equal Opportunities

Great Barr Harriers Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all players, parents, Coaches and managers, and requires that all whom are connected with the club of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principles and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.
All persons 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 favorably 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 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.
Great Barr Harriers 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 Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.
Great Barr Harriers Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such persons, in aspects of their recruitment, in exactly the same manner as other Persons. The difficulties of their disablement permitting, assistance will be given wherever possible, to ensure that disabled persons are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

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