Code of Conduct - Members and Guests

All Members and Guests of Newcastle Cricket Club will:

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket.
  2. Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief. Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.
  3. Display high standards of behaviour.
  4. When arriving and leaving the Club, consider local residents, in particular by avoiding noise at night and parking with care.
  5. Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials. Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials. Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials. Recognise good performance not just match results.
  6. Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance. Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual. Respect Young People’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket.
    Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club nor provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club.
    Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued.
    Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB.

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:

  1. Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.
  2. Have been appropriately vetted, if required, before taking on their role
  3. Always work in an open environment (ie. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment).
  4. Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket.
  5. Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’.
  6. Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect
  7. Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
  8. Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms.  The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”
  9. Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of Children

If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs, or is reasonably suspected to have occurred, the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises.

Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time.

Club Inclusion & Diversity Policy

Newcastle Cricket Club, in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for Newcastle Cricket Club, and participating in or watching Newcastle Cricket Club’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

• Newcastle Cricket Club, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

• Newcastle Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.

• Newcastle Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.

• Newcastle Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.

• This policy is fully supported by Newcastle Cricket Club’s officers and management committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Newcastle Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.

• In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to the management committee of Newcastle Cricket Club.

• Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.

• If the accused individual is an employee, the management committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow Newcastle Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.

• If the accused individual is a non-employee, the management committee:
– may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;
– may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;
– will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy: (a) warn as to future conduct; (b) suspend from membership; (c) remove from membership; (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and (e) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application; and
– will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.
• A party may appeal a decision of the management committee to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of Newcastle Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.

• If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the management committee of Newcastle Cricket Club, the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.

This policy will be reviewed periodically by Newcastle Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.

Code of Conduct for Junior Members and Parents

OPEN POLICY

Newcastle C.C. is committed to promoting the safety and well being of all members.

It is important that all members, whether officials, coaches, players or social members of the Club, should at all times show respect and be open at all times. They should share any cause for concern or complaint about the Club with members of the Management Committee or, if appropriate with the Club Welfare Officer, Nick Humble.

ECB CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS/CARERS

1. Encourage your child to learn the rules and to play within them.
2. Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
3. Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
4. Never force your child to take part in sport.
5. Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
6. Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
7. Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
8. Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
9. Use correct and proper language at all times.

JUNIOR MEMBERS

As a junior member of Newcastle C.C. you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules:

1. You must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
2. You must respect your opponents.
3. You must keep to agreed times for training and competitions, or inform your coach or team manager if you are going to be late.
4. You must wear suitable kit for training and competitions as agreed with your coach or team manager.
5. You must pay any fees promptly.
6. You are not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or while representing the club.

Pavilion and Ground by-laws

PAVILION & GROUND

1. Parents and carers are asked to ensure the health and safety of children by taking care to watch for cricket balls crossing the boundary at speed – please warn young people to be aware of these risks at all parts of the ground.
2. No dogs are allowed unless by discretion of Bar staff if they are tethered and under the control of their owner. Under no circumstances may they go onto the pitch.
3. Alcohol must not be brought into the ground or Pavilion except when a corkage arrangement has been agreed with the Steward.
4. No adults may play football on the ground/field. Younger children may play on the outfield providing there is no cricket match on and by discretion of the member of staff on duty.
5. Any broken glass must be reported to the bar staff as soon as possible. 

BAR

1. Liquor may be supplied on the Club premises to members and others as laid down in these Bye-Laws and in accordance with the Licence held by the Club. The hours permitted shall be laid down by the Committee and shall not exceed those laid down in the Licence.
2. Liquor shall be sold to persons who have attained the age of 18 years as follows:
a) Members of Newcastle Cricket Club.
b) Players, officials, supporters and their partners, of visiting cricket teams on the occasion of an arranged cricket match on the ground either by Newcastle Cricket Club, Newcastle Royal Grammar School (RGS) or Northumberland County Cricket Club. This shall include clubs to whom the ground has been sublet by Newcastle RGS.
c) Umpires and officials of Cricket Leagues or Associations who are attending the ground in an official capacity.
d) Members of the families of pupils of Newcastle Royal Grammar School.
e) Staff in the employ of Newcastle Cricket Club or Newcastle Royal Grammar School.
3. A member may introduce friends as guests. These shall be limited to a maximum of four at any one time and their names and full addresses shall be entered in the Visitors Book kept for this purpose in the bar and countersigned by the member. No guest may be introduced more than six times in any twelve month period.
4. Persons other than club members may be admitted on the occasion of functions duly authorised by the Club committee. Liquor may only be provided to those who have attained the age of 18 years.
5. Children under the age of 14 shall not be permitted in the bar after 9 pm. Before that time, parents and carers are asked to ensure that stairs and walkways are kept clear for the health and safety reasons. Pupils of Newcastle Royal Grammar School shall not be permitted in the bar on any occasion.