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EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT

This Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of Sports Equity:

  • Sports Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them.
  • It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.
  • The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of the sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
  • The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport and social membership in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
  • All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
  • The Club Management Committee will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the Club’s disciplinary procedures.

GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH AN INCIDENT/ACCIDENT

  • Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there danger of further injuries?
  • Listen to what the injured person is saying
  • Alert the first-aider who should take appropriate action for minor injuries
  • In the event of an injury requiring specialist treatment, call the emergency services
  • Deal with the rest of the group and ensure that they are adequately supervised
  • Do not move someone with major injuries. Wait for the emergency medics
  • Contact the injured person’s parent/carer
  • Complete an incident/accident report form

Club members, who have gained a qualification in Emergency First Aid and Basic Injury Management, are: Alex Poynter, Nick Poynter, Jon Newnham, Nick Fox, Roy Soilleux

CRICKET CODE OF CONDUCT

The ECB and Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club are committed to maintaining the highest standards of any player or official’s behaviour and conduct.

This Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, as set out below. It applies to all matches played under the auspicies of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.

Players and team officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.

Players and team officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or spectator.

Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
Players and team officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

Players and team officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

The Management Committee of H&TCC will take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and umpires.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CLUB OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All club officials and volunteers must:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Develop appropriate working relationships with performers, based on mutual trust and respect
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the club
  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibitive substances

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

As an ECB and Essex County Cricket Board Affiliated Club, and in accordance with the ECB’s Welfare of Young People Policy, H&TCC is committed to ensuring that all Young People who play cricket have a safe and positive experience.

H&TCC is further committed to adhering to the following principles:

  • All Young People within Cricket, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, have the right to be protected
  • All Young People participating in sport and in particular Cricket have a right to do so in a safe environment
  • Adults working within Cricket will provide a safe, positive and fun Cricketing experience for Young People
  • Adults - Volunteers, Coaches, Team Captains, Umpires and Scorers - will understand and be supported in their role and responsibility with regard to the Duty of Care for Young People
  • Individuals will receive support from the Club through access to appropriate and officially recognised Education and Training courses, to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare issues which may come to light
  • All suspicions and allegations of Child Abuse will be taken seriously, managed and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
  • H&TCC recognises the responsibility of the statutory agencies and is committed to complying with the Local Area Child Protection Procedures
  • It is the responsibility of the child protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is the responsibility of all those working within Cricket to report any concerns
  • The current Child Welfare Officer is: Michelle Castle. Contact details are available on request from the Hon Secretary

PARENTAL GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

This generation is growing up with the internet as part of their everyday lives, and that’s a good thing. It’s a great place for them to learn, to have fun and to chat with their friends. Of course, it’s important to make sure that they’re safe while they do it.

Remember: it is against Facebook’s rules for your child to have an account if they are under thirteen years old. This is to prevent them from being exposed to potentially inappropriate content. You will find all you need to know about keeping young teens safe on Facebook on their official safety page for parents: http://www.facebook.com/safety/groups/parents/.

There are some key tips which can significantly help to reduce the risks involved with social media and the internet. Make sure that your family computer is in a main living area, and the screen is positioned so that you can see what’s going on. Google have some more advice on their family safety pages: http://www.google.co.uk/familysafety/advice.html.

Most importantly of all, it’s important that your child feels they can talk to someone if they are being bullied online, or if they’ve been exposed to something that makes them upset or uncomfortable.

You may also want to have a look at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s guide to the internet for parents and carers: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parentsold.

Please provide the club with your email and/or telephone number to receive texts and emails regarding your child’s matches and training.

Parents / Carers DO

  • Make sure you are aware of who your child has contact with online and via text
  • Be aware of The ECB and the club’s expectations for coaches and social media
  • Talk to your children about using social media
  • Provide your mobile number / email address if requested, so the club can contact you
  • If you have concerns or wish to discuss any issues in confidence, please contact the club’s CWO or Hon Secretary

INCLUSION & DIVERSITY POLICY

HADLEIGH & THUNDERSLEY CRICKET CLUB (H&TCC) 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 H&TCC, and participating in or watching H&TCC’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

  • H&TCC, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation
  • H&TCC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals
  • H&TCC will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities
  • H&TCC 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 the H&TCC’s officers and members of the Management Committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy

H&TCC 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, as soon as possible, in writing to the current Hon. Secretary who will bring it to the attention of the Management Committee at the earliest opportunity
  • 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 H&TCC’s employment disciplinary procedure
    • decide to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing
    • hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case
  • If the accused individual is a playing member, a Disciplinary Committee comprising the Club Chairman and two independently appointed Club members may at its sole discretion:
  • The Disciplnary Committee 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
    • warn as to future conduct
    • suspend from membership
    • remove from membership
    • exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and
    • turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application; and
    • provide both parties with written reasons for its decision
  • A party may appeal a decision of the Disciplinary Committee to the Club’s Management Committee in writing to within 3 weeks of the decision being notified to that party
  • An appeal board will be appointed comprising three impartial club members and a meeting convened within one week of receipt of the appeal letter. The appellant will have the opportunity to present their case and be accompanied by an advisor, who may speak in support of the appeal
  • If the nature of the complaint is with regard to any member of the Management Committee of the H&TCC, the complainant may report the complaint directly to the Essex County Cricket Board

On behalf of the H&TCC Management Committee, this policy will be reviewed periodically in consultation with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board Limited).

SPIRIT OF CRICKET

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself.

The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

  • Your opponents
  • Your own captain and team
  • The role of the umpires
  • The game’s traditional values

It is against the Spirit of the Game:

    • To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
    • To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
    • To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance – (a) appeal knowing the batsman is not out; (b) advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing; (c) seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side

    There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play
    Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

    Failure to comply with the provisions of these regulations/guidelines/codes of conduct/spirit of cricket or Laws of Cricket may lead to disciplinary action being taken by the Disciplinary Committee of the club, the management committees of the SNEL, the ESL or the South Essex District Cricket Board.

SPIRIT OF CRICKET

Responsibility of Captains
The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain. The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

Player’s Conduct
In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action.

Fair and Unfair Play
According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.
The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

  • Time wasting
  • Damaging the pitch
  • Dangerous or unfair bowling
  • Tampering with the ball
  • Any other action that they consider to be unfair