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Revision 1 - 17 Jan 2022

Our Code of Conduct covers some of our most important individual responsibilities and obligations.

We expect all Senior Athletes to:

  • Know the Code and how to access it.

  • Follow the guidance in the Code of Conduct.

  • Ask for help if they are not sure what to do.

  • Speak up if they ever think that the Code has been broken.

As a responsible athlete, I will:

  • Abide by the UKA and the HCAF Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Safeguarding Procedures.

  • Abide by the UKA and the HCAF Adult Safeguarding Policy and Adult Safeguarding Procedures.

  • Respect the rights of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equitably.

  • Uphold the same sporting values away from sport as I do when I am engaged in athletics.

  • Participate within the rules of the sport, respect decisions of coaches and officials, and demonstrate respect towards fellow athletes.

  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in my best interests and those of other athletes.

  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.

  • Anticipate and be responsible for my own needs, including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time.

  • Inform my coach of any other coaching that I am seeking or receiving.

  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others.

  • In no way undermine, put down or belittle other athletes, coaches or practitioners.

  • Avoid swearing and abusive language whilst in athletic venues, at club functions and events, or when as part of a team/squad.

  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.

  • Challenge and report inappropriate behaviour and language by others.

  • Not misuse or abuse sporting equipment and venues.

  • Not carry or consume alcohol or illegal substances while training or competing in athletics.

  • Maintain strict boundaries between friendship and intimacy with a coach or official.

  • Use safe transport or travel arrangements.

  • Act ethically, professionally and with integrity, and take responsibility for your actions.

  • Members MUST wear suitable kit for training and competitions:

    • Training Footwear: Suitable trainers and/or spikes.

    • Competition Footwear: Suitable trainers and/or spikes.

    • Training Kit: Suitable non-restrictive clothes.

    • Competition Kit: Club Vest/Black Shorts.

  • Members must pay their membership fees, training fees and match fees promptly.

  • The use of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden.

  • Notify coach or club that you cannot make a particular training session.


I understand that if I do not follow the code, action can be taken by my club and I may:

  • Be asked to apologise for my behaviour.

  • Receive a verbal warning from my coach.

  • Receive a verbal or written warning from the club committee.

  • Be suspended from attending club training sessions.

  • Be suspended or required to leave the club.

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