Wilpshire Wanderers Football Club

Promoting a Team Spirit


The Club Rules and Code of Conduct should be taken as a guide to the kind of behaviour that is expected of any person representing the club.

1. Basic Club Rules

(a) All players must notify the manager/assistant of non-attendance to training sessions or match days. They must also contact the manager/assistant on the evening before a match.

(b) Club membership fees must be paid in full within two weeks of the commencement of the season except in exceptional circumstances.

(c) Training/match fees should be paid on the day or within one week.

(d) It is essential that each child is appropriately dressed when attending training sessions/matches in line with FA guidelines, eg. shin pads to be worn at all times and jewellery/watches removed or adequately covered. Failure to comply may result in the child not being able to participate.

(e) Any players wishing to transfer to another club will only be authorised to do so as and when all outstanding monies are paid in full.

(f) Any instances of bullying, verbal, physical or racial abuse will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in the first instance under the Clubs Disciplinary Procedure.

2. Disciplinary Procedure

Aim: The aim of the procedure is to deal in a fair and appropriate manner with a breach of Club/LFA rules. This will be in line with the standards laid down by the LFA rules and Charter Mark and suitably approved.

(a) It is expected that the Team Manager will deal with minor issues, which occur during training or match days, appropriately in consultation with parents or guardians. Any such cases will also be reported in writing by the Team Manager or Assistant to the Club Secretary and recorded within their disciplinary file.

(b) Any serious breaches of misconduct may result in the child and/or Parent or Guardian being suspended and requested to appear before the Club Disciplinary Committee. The Club reserves the right to suspend any member pending the result of a disciplinary hearing Examples of such misconduct may include:
  • Foul and abusive language
  • Serious dissent to Team Managers, Club Officials, other members or match officials
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Consistent failure to abide by the Code of Conduct laid down in the Club Constitution.
  • Causing wilful damage to any facility/equipment used by the Football Club or opposing Club.
  • Wilfully bringing the good name of the Club into disrepute
  • Violent conduct

    (c) The Club Disciplinary Committee will comprise of:
  • Club Chairman (or nominated deputy)
  • Club Secretary (or nominated deputy)
  • Three Independent Club Officials, as approved by the Executive Committee

    Under no circumstances will any involved party form part of the Disciplinary Committee.

    (d) Notification of the disciplinary hearing will be provided in writing within 7 days of the Club Secretary being made aware of the incident. The Parent/Guardian will be notified in writing by the Club Secretary of the suspension from the Club and of the nature of the incident and requested to attend the Disciplinary hearing which will be held on a suitable date on completion of any necessary investigations.

    (e) Every member has the right to appeal against any decision of the Disciplinary Committee and must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary within 7 days of the formal notification of the decision.. The Appeal Committee shall comprise two of the other members of the Executive Committee not involved in the initial hearing.

    3. Code Of Conduct

    (a) Players Code
    Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or manager.
    Play by the rules of the Game.
    Never argue with or complain about referees' decisions.
    Control your temper; resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
    Concentrate on playing football with your best efforts. Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.
    Be a good sport recognise good play, whether it is your team or your opponent's.
    Treat all players, as you would like to be treated.
    Remember that the aims of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and enjoy yourself
    Co-operate with your managers, team-mates, opponents and the referees.

    (b) Parents Code
    As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters. Through you encouragement and good example, you can help ensure that your children learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline.
    Supporting your child by giving encouragement and by showing interest in their team is very important.
    Help your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach you child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner irrespective of the outcome of the game!
    Always be Positive Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good football by both your child's team and by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game.
    Remember that your child wants to have fun and that your child is the one playing football, not you. It is very important to let children establish their own targets - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own aims on them.
    Do not put too heavy a burden on your child to win games Children should play for the fun of playing.
    Reinforce Positive Behaviour Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their aims and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it is all part of learning so encourage your child's effort and point out the good things that your child has accomplished.
    Do not be a Sideline Manager or Referee. Managers and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth football experiences a positive one. They need your support too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines and from any form of verbal or physical abuse against players, match officials, club officials or other parents. As a volunteer organisation, there's always an opportunity for you to take an interest in managing or refereeing by becoming one yourself!

    (c) Managers Code
    Enthusiastically support and practice the "Everyone Plays", "Good Sportsmanship" and "Positive Managing" philosophies of WWFC.
    Be reasonable in your demands on a young player's time, energy, enthusiasm and performance on the field.
    Impress upon your players that they must abide by the Rules of the Game at all times.
    Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of referees and opposing managers.
    Ensure that your player's football experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be shouted at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
    Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a manager they can respect.
    Keep informed of sound principles of managing, growth and child development.
    Check your equipment and playing facilities. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.
    Respect the opinion of the child's parent, GP or first aider on match days, as appropriate, when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.

    Wilpshire Wanderers Football Club Constitution