Junior Code of Conduct

[Child under the age of 18 years]
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.
  • Contribute positively to the club by being supportive and friendly to club members and other boathouse users by operating within the framework of the club rules and polices.
  • Comply with the Anti-Doping rules of British Rowing and abstain from the use of illegal substances and performance enhancing drugs during training and whilst competing at events.
  • Recognise and value the contribution made by coaches and officials, who give their time voluntarily, and comply with reasonable instructions issued by them.
  • Refrain from posting anything on the internet that could cause deliberate offense to another club member or brings the club into disrepute.
  • 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.
  • Report to the CWO or a Club Official any behaviour by another club member that you think is inappropriate, or has caused a risk or distress to yourself or another member.
  • 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 to, or consuming alcohol on the premises, or whilst representing the club away from the premises.
  • Refrain from inviting club officials and coaches to become friends on social media.
  • Be polite and considerate in all forms of written communication.
  • Volunteer for tasks at club events and help to keep the club facilities in a good state.
  • Make every effort to appear on time for all voluntary tasks that you have agreed to and notify someone overseeing that activity if you are going to be late or unable to attend.

Training at the club

  • Take part in a capsize drill organised by the club.
  • Only attend training if you are fit and well enough to complete the session and be responsible for informing somebody if you are unable to attend a training session.
  • Refrain from coming to the club unaccompanied by an adult unless you know that your coach will be present at the agreed session time, or unless you have permission to take part in an organised club event.
  • Keep to agreed timings of training sessions and competitions.
  • Respect all club and personal equipment. Use only the equipment allocated for your use and ask advice if in doubt.
  • Be responsible for turning up to training wearing kit that is suitable for the activity and weather conditions. Males should not go topless and females should not wear only sports bras on the upper body.
  • Be responsible for checking your equipment at the start and end of your training and report any damages or wear and tear.
  • Be responsible for signing your boats out and in at the start and end of each water session.
  • Behave sensibly on the landing stage and on the water to protect the equipment, enjoyment and safety of others.
  • Juniors are not permitted onto the launches unless supervised by an adult and wearing a life jacket.
  • Show respect to your coaches, or adult nominated to supervise you, and follow their instructions at all times.
  • Stay in sight of your coach at all times until you are being collected by your parents/carers or unless you have your coach’s permission.
  • Clean the equipment after use and return it to its proper location and report any defects, damage or accidents.
  • Juniors of J16 and below must not use the ergo room unsupervised or outside of their normal session time.
  • Juniors of J16 and above may only use the ergo room and weights room unsupervised with the permission of their coach.

At competitions away from the club

  • Be prepared for competitions by reading the Competitor Information provided by the hosting club.
  • Help prepare your equipment before, during and after competitions.
  • Keep to agreed timings for attending and competitions and inform coaches at the earliest opportunity if you are going to be late or are unable to attend.
  • Be responsible for turning up to a competition in a fit enough condition to carry out the activity or competition, or tell your coach as soon as you know you are feeling unwell.
  • Wear suitable clothing for the competition conditions and with club colours for racing.
  • Stay in regular contact with your coach at competitions so that you know your race times.
  • Respect the rules of competition and where it is necessary to challenge the verdict of race officials, this must be done by following the proper procedures and in a courteous manner.

Juniors can expect from the Club:

  • To feel safe and happy in your sport.
  • To be treated with respect and as an individual and in accordance with standards prescribed by British Rowing and the Child Protection in Sport Unit.
  • To be listened to by other members, coaches and officials.
  • To be treated fairly.
  • To have privacy.
  • To be protected from abuse by another member, or person in a position of trust within the club, or helped to deal with abuse from an outside source.
  • To receive coaching from qualified and vetted coaches, or supervised by adult volunteers that have been vetted by the club as being suitable to work with children.
  • To be trained according to recognised sporting standards that suit your ability and goals.
  • To be entered into competitions only if you want to be.