Junior Section Welfare

The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times show respect, be encouraged to be open and share any concerns or complaints they may have with the either the Welfare Officer or the Club Captain (whose names and contact details are listed on the Club's notice board).

For the current Season:

The Welfare Officer for Kingston Rowing Club Is: Shelley Cockle

The Captain of Kingston Rowing Club Is: Danny O'Dowd

Role of the Welfare Officer

  • To advise the club on compliance with British Rowing procedures on, and good practice in, Child Protection & Participant Welfare
  • To advise the club on compliance with its own Child Protection policies
  • To act as a focal point for reporting any concerns from parents/carers, coaches and members (both Junior and Adult) etc
  • To have primary responsibility for checking that everyone who has significant access to young people within the club is suitable for the role and has been vetted.
  • To administer the CRB checking procedure (e.g. inspecting documents)
  • To maintain records of those volunteers who have been checked and also to ensure these checks are renewed when required.
  • To be clearly identifiable to Junior Members and their parents
  • To comply with relevant British Rowing & club guidelines

KRC Junior Squad Code of Conduct

The KRC Junior Squad Code of Conduct is based on the British Rowing Guidelines and applies to all Junior Squad Members, Parents/Carers and Coaches.

KRC Code of Conduct for Junior Squad Members

As a member of the KRC Junior Squad you are expected to:

  • Row / scull within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
  • Respect your opponents.
  • Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform the Senior Coach if you are going to be late.
  • Wear suitable kit for training and racing as stipulated by the Senior Coach.
  • Pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Show respect for Club equipment at all times and report any damage promptly to the Senior Coach or Junior Coordinator.
  • Not smoke (Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Club premises nor whilst representing the Club at competitions).
  • Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on Club premises or whilst representing the Club. The Senior Coach or Junior Coordinator need to be notified if any athlete is taking any form of medication during training, and especially before competitions.
  • Do not leave Squad training sessions before speaking to the Senior Coach or Coach in Charge of the session.
  • Do not run or play on the landing stage.
  • Do not use free weights without supervision by a Coach.
  • Only use boats/blades specified from time to time by the Captain for use by Juniors and as allocated by the Senior Coach.
  • Not boat without a Coach (Only athletes of J16-18 age group, with a specific parental letter of consent, may boat without a coach and then only as part of a pre arranged session agreed in advance with the Coach).

KRC Code of Conduct for Junior Coaches

As a KRC Junior Coach you are expected to:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club
  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substance

KRC Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers

As a Parent or Carer of a member of the KRC Junior Squad you are expected to:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept officials' judgements
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Support the Senior Coach by making efforts to speak to him/her regularly before/after training sessions and seek feedback on your child's progress and other useful information.
  • Ensure your child wears appropriate clothing for racing and training and brings spare clothing, food, towel and water bottle to each session
  • Assist in crew selection by notifying the Senior Coach in advance when your child is not available, and if selected for a crew use best efforts to ensure they attend the race training sessions and event.
  • Encourage your child to comply with both Kingston RC and Junior Squad Rules

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