Club Officials Code of Conduct

Gloucester Rowing Club expects members to adhere to the minimum standards of behaviour as set out in this Code of Conduct. This has been written in-line with best practice advice prescribed by British Rowing to allow members to be treated as individuals and be able to enjoy safe participation in rowing.
Breaches of this Code will be dealt with in accordance with the Club’s Complaints and Disciplinary Policies.
At all times, members are expected to maintain responsible and sportsmanlike standards of conduct and to act in the best interests of the club, both during training at the club and when away at competitions, as follows:


  • As a member of Gloucester Rowing Club you are expected to portray yourself in a manner that reflects well on the club.
  • Refrain from posting anything on the internet that could cause deliberate offense to another club member or brings the club into disrepute.
  • Uphold the Constitution and the purpose of the club to promote the sport of rowing in the Gloucester area and community participation.
  • Promote positive aspects of the sport.
  • Undertake any training necessary to fulfil your role, as defined by British Rowing and club policies.
  • Promote the need for proper training by those members undertaking specific roles on behalf the club and support those members in their training.
  • Contribute positively to the club by being pro-active in your role and working within the remit of your role description.
  • Establish sub-committees and focus groups as necessary to support the needs of the membership.
  • Consider the welfare and safety of club members as a priority over performance.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every other member and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, disability or cultural background.
  • Respect the need for confidentiality when dealing with personal data and only share information when it is appropriate and safe to do so.
  • Contribute positively to the club by being supportive and friendly to other club members and operating within the framework of the club rules and polices. Lead by example and challenge inappropriate behaviour in others. Be a positive role model for junior members.
  • Ensure that members are aware of the most up-to-date club rules, policies and codes of conduct.
  • Take responsibility for reporting and initiating a resolution for any behaviour by a club member that you think is inappropriate, or has caused a risk or distress to yourself or another member.
  • Report all child and vulnerable adult safeguarding concerns in accordance with procedures set out by British Rowing.
  • Report all health and safety concerns in accordance with procedures set out by British Rowing.
  • Promote the principles of UK Anti-Doping to protect the right of members to participate in a clean sport environment at the club.
  • Keep up-to-date with changes in legislation affecting the sport and the latest guidelines and policies issued by British Rowing, so that where possible best practice can be followed in all areas of the sport.
  • Promote activities that are appropriate for the spectrum of the age and ability of the club membership.
  • Develop a good working relationship with club members based on trust and mutual respect and especially with those who are defined as a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Treat everyone equally and recognise their varying needs, ambitions and abilities within rowing.
  • Refrain from using your role to gain influence over another member or for a personal advantage.
  • Deal with grievances and disciplinary matters fairly, discretely and allowing for consultation in line with club procedures.
  • Refrain from using abusive language, acts of violence, harassment, intimidation and physical and sexual abuse towards an individual or group.
  • Be aware that the club has a zero-tolerance of bullying in any form.
  • Refrain from bringing and/or consuming alcohol to excess onto the premises, or whilst representing the club away from the premises.
  • Be polite and considerate in all forms of written communication.
  • Refrain from intimate personal relationships between yourself and a member of the club aged under 18 years.