The club is affiliated in its constitution to Scottish athletics. Through that affiliation, we have adopted a number of policies, including the UKA Codes of Conduct. It is a requirement of membership to agree to abide by these codes, and the other club policies.
A summary of the code is reproduced below.
Please note that, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the club has adopted a set of addendums to its policies, so that adherence to Coronavirus measures (eg. social distancing), and familiarity with our coronavirus plan, are considered an additional part of our codes of conduct.
We have also adopted the Scottish Athletics Disciplinary policy. This gives a clear framework by which any complaints will be handled.
Code of conduct
Our goal is to provide equality and fairness for all in our club and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age, pregnancy, class or social background and political belief. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
Every club member is entitled to an environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated and any concerns should be reported to the welfare officer. Training, development and progression opportunities are available to all members if required.
As a responsible Athlete, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:
- Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
- Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse
- Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
- Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour
- Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
- Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
- Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity
- Wear appropriate clothing relating to activity. For example in winter months wear light or flouresent colours so that you can easily be seen on dark nights.
- Be aware of your surroundings and be aware of traffic around running routes
- Be tolerant and aware of other users of facilities and pedestrians in parks or streets when training.
- Make coaches or fellow runners aware if not following training route to and from club
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
- Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics
- Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the yourself and other athletes
- Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
- Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time
- Inform your coach of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving
- Always thank the coaches and officials who enable you to participate in athletics
- Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to the club Welfare officer or committee as soon as possible.