Code of Conduct

Patcham United (“the Club”) is a football club open to youths of all abilities. It is run as a football training facility, for all players to develop and enjoy.
The Club is run entirely on a voluntary basis for the mutual enjoyment of sport at a competitive level which is suited to the age of the child. The Club provides the facilities for the team to train and play competitive games.


In team matters, it is the words and decisions of the Manager, Manager’s Assistant and/or Coach which is final.


The Club’s Management Committee agree to provide facilities on the following basis:


As a registered Player of Patcham United, the following will be expected of you:


  • Participate as a team member – encourage and support your team mates.
  • Agree to regularly attend training and, if for some reason you are un-available to play or train, give as much notice as possible.
  • Endeavour to try your best and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner at all times,
  • Listen to Managers, Assistants, Coaches and all Club representatives.
  • Respect kit and all equipment (footballs, goalposts, training aids) etc.
  • Respect all Match Officials (accepting their decision as final) and representatives of other teams.
  • Note that team selection will be at the relevant coach’s discretion.
  • Agree and adhere to our Club’s Code of Conduct.


As a Coach / Helper of Patcham United, the following will be expected of you:


  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Ensurethat the activities you direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the players.
  • Clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interest of the player.
  • Always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the laws of the game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the laws of the game, relevant rules   and regulations, or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  • Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Neveruse or tolerate inappropriate language.
  • Regularly attend Club meetings, when necessary, to discuss and promote Club policies.
  • Agree and adhere to our Club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.



As Parent / Spectator of Patcham United:


Parents/spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – it’s fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within our Club, it is important to reinforce the message to all parents and other spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to children enjoying football, a sense of personal achievement, self-esteem and improvement in the child’s skills and techniques.


A parent’s/spectator’s expectations and attitude have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards other players, Match Officials, Managers/Coaches and Supporters.


Parents/Spectators within our Club are expected to:


  • Always be positive and encouraging, towards all of the children, not just their own and applaud the opposition as well as our own team.
  • Avoid coaching children during the game.
  • Refrain from shouting and screaming or using inappropriate language to anyone.
  • Respect the decisions of the referee, managers and coaches as final and made with the best of intentions.
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in the football, not just the most talented.
  • Agree and adhere to our Club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.
  • Ensure your child’s subscriptions are paid by the specified time and reimburse the club for any fines paid.
  • To give at least two hours of help at any PUFC tournament in your age group


Our common aim between managers, players, families and spectators is to enjoy our sport, playing as a team and to have fun with our teammates.



I agree to adhere to and abide by the Club’s policy and to always act in the spirit of this Code and in the best interests of the Club.


Any breach of the Club Code of Conduct should be reported to a Club Officer. This will result in a full investigation, in which a possible outcome could be expulsion from the Club.