Code of Conduct
Club Officials and Volunteers
The club aims to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and practice in Table Tennis and expects the same of club officials and volunteers acting on behalf of the club.
All officials and volunteers should:
- consider the well being and safety of participants at all times;
- contribute to a positive club ethos, based on mutual trust and respect;
- ensure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of participants;
- promote fair play;
- uphold high standards of behaviour and appearance;
- abide by all the club’s rules, policies and codes of conduct and follow club guidelines;
- never exert undue influence over participants to obtain personal benefit or reward;
- never condone rule violations nor the use of prohibited substances;
- treat everyone equally regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, religion, political persuasion, sexual orientation or disability;
- encourage all club members to use their skills and talents whether as players, officials or volunteers to contribute to the success of the club;
- attend appropriate volunteer training courses provided by Table Tennis England and other recognised agencies e.g. Sport England, Sports Coach UK or local authority;
- complete a personal disclosure form and return it to the Club Volunteer Coordinator.
For a complete list of club officers and officials, see the committee page.
Website Articles and Feeds
The club expects all contributors to the website, forums, Twitter and any other data feed to behave in accordance with this Code of Conduct. We expect it to be honoured by everyone who represents the club community officially or informally, claims affiliation with the club or participates directly.
The club strives to:
- Be open: We invite anybody to participate in any aspect of our club; there is no need to spell out what this means, anybody means anybody.
- Be empathetic: We work together to resolve conflict, assume good intentions and do our best to act in an empathic fashion. We don't allow frustration to turn into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
- Be pragmatic: Nobody knows everything; asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged, though they may be directed to the appropriate forum. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful.
- Be pleasant: We will not tolerate unpleasant or inappropriate behaviour or comments online.
This code is not exhaustive or complete. It serves to distill our common understanding of a collaborative, shared environment and goals. We expect it to be followed in spirit as much as in the letter.
Standards for behavior in the online community (the website, Twitter and other forms of communication or collaboration) are detailed in the Code of Conduct above. We expect participants in our online community to meet these standards in all their interactions and to help others to do so as well.
Whenever any participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our collective responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.