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ALNWICK CRICKET CLUB CODE OF CONDUCT 2015
FOR PARENTS/CARERS OF JUNIOR MEMBERS

Additional Information for Parents / Carers

Alnwick Cricket Club welcomes your child to the club. We provide opportunities for young people aged between seven and eighteen to receive coaching and competition in both leagues and cups. 

Our Coaches are ECB trained and screened for suitability for working with young people. 

Each member is issued with a Handbook after registering with the Club. The Handbook gives contact details and dates for games. If you loose one ask for a replacement so you can keep in touch. Cricket is a fantastic sport. It helps young people understand teamwork, develop co-ordination skills and make new friends. Some Junior players enjoy the progress to Senior competition but others come along simply to enjoy the open air and the fun.

Parents/carers are encouraged to attend both coaching sessions and matches. We value your help and support. We are keen to try and involve parents and invite you to participate if you are interested. 

Speak to any of the Coaches if you would like to volunteer to assist.

Coaching Sessions- Are held on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm weather and light permitting for those up to U15 group. Junior players are grouped as U9, U11, U13, U15 and U19. U19s are invited to join Senior players for nets and training on Tuesday evenings from 6pm until dusk. 

It is important you and your child are prepared for changing weather conditions. The Clubhouse is open for Parents/Carers to stay close in the event the session has to be called off. Parents/Carers can make use of kitchen facilities and volunteer to run the bar, by agreement with the Committee.

Match Days- Junior matches are held on Sundays or Monday evenings dependent upon age groups. As players progress in ability the format of the game changes until it resembles the hard ball “when you’re out you’re out” reality of Senior games. Any equipment needed will be provided. If you wish to buy equipment for your child please ask a Coach or Team Manager what’s suitable before buying. 

We encourage teams to wear traditional “whites” including an Alnwick CC shirt. We can loan these if needed. Parents/carers are asked to help with teas/refreshments for players, Coaches and
supporters for home and away teams. It’s important we make visitors welcome. The kitchen facilities are there for volunteers to use.

Travel –Arrangements should be made for your child to travel safely to and from the Club for coaching sessions or matches. We appreciate prompt arrival and collection. 

A register is taken at each Thursday coaching session. If you are to be late picking your child up, please let us know. Away matches will require travel to other Clubs within North Northumberland and Parents/Carers will need to make sure Junior players know who they are travelling with if they aren’t coming along with the player.

Cost - Junior membership fees are £30 (£20 for Junior siblings). This incorporates all costs including training sessions and equipment. The
membership fee should be paid when handing in the Junior membership form. If a Junior player is selected for Senior competition there will be additional match fees of £8 per game.

Health - For the safety of your child it is important that the club is informed and kept up to date with any medical condition or allergies that may be relevant should your child fall ill or be involved in an accident while at the club. If you would like to talk to someone at the club about this information or your child’s involvement with the club, please approach the Coach, Welfare Officer or Team Manager. Thank you for your co-operation.

Senior or County Matches – Junior players who have reached an acceptable level of competence might be invited to play in Senior games.  Parent/Carer approval for selection is included in the Junior Membership form. Junior players have to register with the N&TSCL before representing Alnwick Cricket Club and a Coach of at least Level 2 qualification will approve this. 

From time to time Alnwick Cricket Club are asked to nominate
Junior players to represent Northumberland County Cricket. This is a great honour for the player and for the Club and support will be offered to Junior players showing a level of competence to justify nomination. Parents/carers will need to consider what commitment this will involve, including players being released from school, travel to games and costs of close season County coaching.

Alnwick Cricket Club Policies - Please note and observe ACC policies, for example, for use of Social Media, use of Changing Rooms, for Photography and for Transport, that apply to all members, supporters, parents/carers, Junior and Senior players.
ECB Code of Conduct for parents/carers

• 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.

Open Policy
Alnwick C.C. is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. It is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/carers associated with the club should, at all times, show respect, be encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club to members of the Management Committee.

Club Welfare Officer 2015
The Club Welfare Officer is Michael Blackburn telephone 01665 579386/ 07710 178260 email alnwickccwelfare@gmail.com

The Deputy Welfare Officer is Paul Humphreys telephone 01665 605197/ 07876 354202

If you have any concerns about the welfare, safety, coaching of, or any other issue involving children or young persons then please contact Mike, in the first instance or Paul in his absence.