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Our Code of Conduct 

Ruddington Village Colts want to provide football to the young people of Ruddington and the surrounding areas in a safe, friendly and fun environment. The idea is of course for young people to learn about playing in a team and make friends (hopefully for life). We believe this can have a really positive impact on our community.


At the younger age groups we want to ensure that all players get a chance to play so we promote equal playing time. Everyone likes winning of course but this is not our primary aim and we do not support any of our teams playing with a win at all costs attitude. As the teams move to 9 aside and 11 aside there is more room for competitive approaches but of course with the backdrop of being a community club and providing football in a fun and safe environment.


Finally, we ask our managers to have an open approach with the parents and children at all times and explain at the beginning of the season how things will work for your team.

If anyone feels that these codes of conduct and the club ethos are not being followed then please raise this with our Club Welfare Officer, Paul Disney, 07967342832 or another member of the top table who will be happy to help resolve any issues.

This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of the Football Association and wish to work with Ruddington Village FC.


  • Community.

Football at all levels, is a vital part of a community. Football will take into account community feeling when making decisions.


  • Equity.

Football is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in what ever form, from being expressed.


  • Participants.

Football recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate in the game.  This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters, Football is committed to appropriate consultation.


  • Young People.

Football acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example.


  • Propriety.

Football acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behaviour within the game, and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.


  • Trust and Respect.

Football with uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.


  • Violence.

Football rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.


  • Fairness.

Football is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.


  • Integrity and Fair Play.  

 Football is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.


Coaches are the key to the establishment of ethics in football.  Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly effects the players under their supervision.  Coaches are therefore, expected to pay particular care the moral aspect of their conduct.  Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.


It is natural that winning constitutes the basic concern for coaches.  This code is not intended to conflict with that.  However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a “win at all costs” attitude.


Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people.  The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement of the club, school coach or parent.


Set out below is the FA Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standard expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the national Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching:


  1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each other equally within context of sport.

  2. Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, 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 upon mutual trust and respect.

  5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or 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 (eg other coaches, officials, sports scientists doctors physiotherapists) in the best interest of the player.

  10.  Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of sport (eg Fair play) and never condone violations 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.  Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.


Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game.  But not winning at any cost - Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.


This code applies to top class footballers and the key concepts are valid for all players at this club.




  • Obligations towards the game.


  1. A player should make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique tactics and stamina.

  2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, event if their team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

  3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

  4. Avoid all gamesmanship, and time wasting.

  5. Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

  6. Not use inappropriate language.



  • Obligations towards your own team.


A player should:


  1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.

  2. Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.



  • Respect for the Laws of the Game and the competition rules.


A player should:


  1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

  2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat equally.

  3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or used banned techniques. 


  • Respect towards Opponents.


A player should:

1.  Treat the opposition with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

2.  Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play and help injured opponents.



  • Respect towards the Match Officials.


A player should:


  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.



  • Respect towards Team Officials


 A player should:


  1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

  2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.



  • Obligations towards the Supporters:


A player should show due respect for the interests of supporters.


This code applies to all team / club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).



  • Obligations to the Game.

The team official should:

  1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

  2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.

  3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interest.

  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.

  5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.

  6. Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others in the game. 

  7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.



  • Obligations towards the team:

The team official should:

  1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the Club/Team, and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means.

  2. Give priority to the interest of the team over individual interests.

  3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

  4. Promote ethical principles.

  5. Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other officials, at their own club / team and others.



  • Obligations towards the Supporters.

The team official should show due respect to the interests of the supporters.



  • Respect towards the Match Officials:

The team official should:

  1. Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.


Play your part and support The FA’s Code of Respect:

Have fun; it’s what we’re all here for!

• Celebrate eff­ort and good play from both sides

• Always respect the Referee and coaches and encourage players to do the same

• Stay behind the touchline and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)

• When players make mistakes, off­er them encouragement to try again next time

• Never engage in, or tolerate o­ffensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour


I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may be:

• Issued with a verbal warning or asked to leave

• Required to meet with the club committee, league or CFA Welfare Officer

• Obliged to undertake an FA education course

• Requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed

• Required to leave the club along with any dependents and/or issued a fine

Ruddington Village FC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level.  Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally.  Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.


Equality of Opportunity at Ruddington Village FC means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.


This includes:


  • The advertising 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.


The Ruddington Village FC 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.


Ruddington Village FC is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation and in the wider context, within football as a whole.


Ruddington Village FC recommends that spectators consider information and guidance provided by the Football Association:

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