Code Of Conduct

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Child Welfare Officer 2017/2018 Helena Daswon

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Child Welfare Officer 2017/2018 Paul Donegan

Message from Donal Brophy, President, MRFC


MRFC in accordance with the IRFU seeks to promote the welfare of all Age-Grade Players so that they develop to the best of their ability in a safe and fun rugby environment. We want to welcome young people to the game so that they thrive in our care. Young people are the lifeblood of our game and their welfare and protection are the primary concern for all adults involved in IRFU.

The IRFU Safeguarding Policy is designed to assist clubs to implement best practice in the area of safeguarding Age-Grade Players - one of our greatest assets of our game - and it is our responsibility to ensure that they remain active in rugby. They will do this when they feel our respect and where their dignity, health and welfare is prioritised.

IRFU Safeguarding Policy 2015

Download the policy - click here

All clubs and organisations with Age-Grade Players should ensure that their coaches and volunteers are familiar with the key messages and content of the policy

The key messages of the document are: 

• Create a safe and fun environment for Age-Grade Players

• Set quality safeguarding standards in clubs

• Adhere to current best practice and legislation

• Keeps IRFU, its Branches and clubs in line with ISC/SNI standards

Further information for clubs and Club Welfare Officers are available in the 'Best Practice' section.

Club Action Plan

Age-Grade Players

Code Of Conduct

Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family.
Respect the ‘Game of Rugby’ and play within the Laws of the Game.
Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions.
Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club.
Be a ‘good sport’. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition.
Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not ‘bully’ or take advantage of any player.
Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach; team-mates and members of your club.
Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
Winning and losing is part of sport: Win with humility – lose with dignity.
As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help your team.
As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team!
Remember you are representing your team, club, family and the Game of Rugby.


Code Of Conduct

Remember, Age-Grade Players play rugby for their enjoyment, not only yours.
Encourage your child always to play by the Laws of the Game.
Teach Age-Grade Players that honest endeavour is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.
Help Age-Grade Players to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at Age-Grade Players for making a mistake or losing a match.
Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.
Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of rugby. If the child is to play, he/she will do so in good time through your encouragement.
Support all efforts to remove verbal & physical abuse from rugby.
As a spectator do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players.


Code Of Conduct

Remember that although Age-Grade Players play organised rugby they are not ‘miniature internationals’.
Be on your best behaviour and lead by example. Do not use profane language or harass referees, players or coaches.
Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as your own.
Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would not be a match.
Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
Verbal abuse of Age-Grade Players or Sports Leaders cannot be accepted in any shape of form.
Age-Grade Players or Sports Leaders are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour.
Encourage Age-Grade Player to play by the Laws of the Game.
Spectators can contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all involved.
Be proud of your club and the Game of Rugby.

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