Codes of Conduct

Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club expect all team officials to comply with the following code of conduct –

Obligations Towards The Game
The Team Official Should;
– Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
– Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
– Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
– Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
– Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
– Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
– Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations Towards The Team
The Team Official Should;

– Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.
– Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
– Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
– Promote ethical principles.
– Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others.

Obligations Towards The Supporters
The Team Official Should;

– Show due respect for the interests of supporters.

Respect Towards The Match Officials
The Team Official Should;

– Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.
– Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
– Show due respect towards Match Officials.

The following policy is recommended by the F.A. and is endorsed by the club:-

Anti Discrimination

– Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply at every level throughout the club.

– Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

– Equality of opportunity at Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
This includes:
– The advertisement for volunteers.
– The selection of candidates for volunteers.
– Courses.
– External coaching and education activities and awards.
– Football development activities.
– Selection for teams.
– Appointments to honorary positions.
– Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

– Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

– Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.

– All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:

– Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.

– Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which
are different from the requirements for others.

– Imposing on an individual requirements which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include
applying a condition which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
– Victimisation of an individual.
– Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
– Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

– Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

– Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy. Any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

– The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting, assistance will be given wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it, if at all possible, using the resources and man power available.

Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club recognises and accepts its responsibility for the safety and welfare of all children and young people who come to the club, by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The child’s welfare is, and must always be the paramount consideration.

The club will ensure that there are practices and procedures in place to reduce the risk of harm to all children and young people at the club.

The club have in place a designated child protection officer who accepts responsibility for monitoring all club procedures in relation to child protection issues.

All team managers and coaches will be subject to local Football Association Child Protection registration.

Parents and children coming to the club will be made aware of our child protection policy.

Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club accepts and will conform to the Football Association Child Protection Policy, published May 2000 and the procedures and practices handbook published November 2000. The club will ensure a programme of Football Association accredited training is completed by all team managers and coaches.

Relevant Phone Numbers:
Police: 0845 60 70 999
Social Services: 01273 482801
Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP):


All Uckfield Grasshopper’s Junior Coaches are expected to comply with the F.A. coaches association Code Of Conduct as set out below –


  1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all otherconsiderations, including the development of performance.
  3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit for reward.
  6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  8. Coaches should, at the outset, 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.
  9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  10. Coaches must 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 or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  12. Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.