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    5. Safeguarding

RFU Poicy Statement

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in the sport. All children are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.

This Policy statement is based on the following key principles:
-The welfare of the child is paramount
-All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, size, language or sexual identity, have the right to protection from harm
-All allegations, suspicions of harm and concerns will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately
-Everyone will work in partnership to promote the welfare, health and development of children.

Rishworthians Policy statement

Old Rishworthian Rugby Union Football Club (ORRUFC) has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in ORRUFC from harm.
All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.
ORRUFC will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in ORRUFC through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by ORRUFC.
A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
The aim of the ORRUFC Safeguarding Policy is to promote good practice:
Any allegation or suspicions of harm and concerns will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly,.

What is expected from parents, players and coaches

Club Rules
Old Rishworthian Rugby Union Football Club is registered under the Industrial and Provident society?s Act 1965 and the Friendly and Industrial and Provident societies Act 1968. The club has a set of rules, which may be examined, or a copy obtained from the club secretary Steve Farrand. The junior section is run according to these rules.

This is rugby Core Values
Rugby union is the fastest growing major sport in the country, attracting more people than ever to enjoy a vibrant game as professional and amateur players, volunteers and supporters.

But the expansion of rugby brings new challenges to the game and a need to sustain the standards that are its strengths. Two years ago the RFU put together a task group to run an extensive consultation exercise. The Core Values project – the first time a sport has set out to define its value system in formal terms and identified the following five principles that lie at the heart of the game in England:

1. Teamwork
Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions

2, Respect
Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.

3. Enjoyment
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.

4. Discipline
Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.

5. Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.

Code of Conduct
Although the Junior section has no separate rules we do have a code of conduct for players, parents, coaches, spectators and club administrators. We all enjoy watching young players and our enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of us. Please remember Mini/Junior rugby is about enjoying and learning the skills of the game in a friendly and safe environment.

Please read the fair play and code of conduct documenmts (see the fair play tab link above).
read the rfu web site http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/MyRugby/Volunteers/01/30/36/55/RFU_Safeguarding_Policy_Guidance_and_Procedures_Neutral.pdf

Recruiting Volunteers

Children are entitled to participate in rugby union activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Safe recruitment procedures will enable the club to reduce the risk of abuse to children. When recruiting employees or volunteers for age arade rugby all reasonable steps should be taken to ensure only suitable people are selected.

Regulation 21 sets out in detail the requirements the RFU has for those working with children and the DBS. The RFU requires any individual engaged in working with children to undertake a DBS check through their club (using the online e-application system). Depending on the nature of the role and the level of supervision the RFU will require either Enhanced or Enhanced with barred list checks. Further information about the DBS and the e-application system is available on the RFU website.

What is abuse

There are four main types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly or may be responsible for abuse by failing to prevent another person harming that child.

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Examples of physical abuse in sport include extreme physical punishments; forcing a child into training/playing that exceeds the capacity of their immature and growing body, assaulting a person.

Sexual abuse involves forcing a child to take part in sexual activities, which may involve inappropriate touching, penetrative or non-penetrative sexual acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual photographic or online images, watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

Emotional abuse is the persistent maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on their development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing them from participating in normal social interaction.

Emotional abuse may involve a child seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another as well as serious bullying, causing children to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may also occur alone.

Examples of emotional abuse in sport include subjecting children to constant criticism, name-calling, and sarcasm or bullying. It could also include their regular exclusion from an activity, non-selection for a team, failing to rotate squad positions or more subtle actions such as staring at or ignoring a child. Putting players under consistent pressure to perform to unrealistically high standards is also a form of emotional abuse.

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of their health or development. Neglect may involve a parent failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment), failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger, or to ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers) or to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

Examples of neglect in sport could include: not ensuring children are safe; exposing them to undue cold or heat or unsuitable weather conditions, or exposing them to unnecessary risk of injury.

Recruiting Volunteers

Support your child - Get involved

As a parent you will no doubt want your son/daughter to enjoy their involvement in rugby union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills and also have fun. The club also likes you to support your child by becoming involved with your child's activities as much as possible. There are many areas within the club which rely on volunteer help to make the mini/junior section a success. Without parent support it would not run. There is nearly always a job to suit you and the time you have to spare.
Please see the Parents Involvement link above to see how you can help.

Training days and Match days

The Juniors train on Tuesday or Thursday evenings 6:00pm till 7pm and play matches most Sunday mornings.

The minis training sessions are on certain Sunday mornings, which always takes place at the club from 10:30 till Noon during the season. The majority of Sundays are allocated to playing matches against other clubs either at our club or away. When there is no fixture arranged the morning is allocated to training and player development. We try to allocate a training session once a month.

The fixture list will tell you whether it's a training day or match day and who you are playing and whether it is home or away. Always check the fixture list as they can change during the season or check on the web site. The fixture list is found in the clubhouse and on the web site. NB kick off times usually is 11:00 but can sometimes vary. Again check the web site.

The club has a large car park but on some Sundays it is full. If you park on the street please park sensibly and do not block the bus turning circle. Provided the playing area is not boggy overflow parking is allowed alongside the pitch. The church car park and Copley Cricket Club is also available on very busy Sundays

Bad weather
If the weather looks bad, frost, heavy rain, snow etc please check the web site. As soon as we know the match or training is cancelled we will post the information on the web site and your coach will text you.

Food and Drink

The club has fully fitted kitchen and volunteers cater for those hungry ones on Sundays. Please try to keep the clubhouse tidy and help Ken and the volunteers by returning items to the kitchen. Teas, bacon and sausage butties are available before and during training sessions and matches.
The bar is open on training evenings and Sunday after training/matches for parents to socialise afterwards.
Please make sure your child has a bottle of water especially on hot days. (We do get them even at Copley!!).


Parents often ask what kit and protective clothing should be worn. Below is a guide to the kit requirements:

For Matches:
First impressions are important, especially in team games. We like all teams to wear the same kit on match days. Club shirt, black shorts and club socks.
This is a standard that we want to maintain.

For Training
Rugby shirts, drill tops, shorts or tracksuits. We recommend sturdy rugby clothing; it does not have to be matching.

Cold Weather

Protective Gear:
This is an important area:
Shin pads, shoulder pads, scrum caps and grip gloves are optional.
Gum shields. When playing contact rugby we recommend wearing a gum shield.
Boots: Football / Rugby boots fitted with kite marked rugby studs are recommended. However moulded studded football boots are acceptable for mini rugby. Please no bladed boots

Finally please bring a towel and a change of clean clothes we have 9 changing rooms. Please use them and do not come into the clubhouse with boots or dirty kit.
Remember there are parents and visitors who may wish to use those seats.
Please make sure your kit has your name on it.
Please no jewellery and keep valuables to a minimum.

Club shop
We stock club shirts, shorts, socks, track suit tops, fleeces, gloves, hats.
The items are on sale on training days.
To order any items go to the Club Shop quick link on the right hand column

Club Shop

Mini and Junior kit is available. We also stock some items for adults.
Click here

First Aid

The club has given careful consideration to the risks that can cause rugby injuries and how they will be dealt with when they arise. This document sets out the policy and procedures to be followed by all of the ORRUFC coaching staff and medical support staff. Beth Tennant is the club First Aid Co-ordinator. If you need any supplies, assistance or wish to become a First Aider please contact Beth mobile 07743 031 800
e-mail padfoot7.5@btinternet.com
Click here to view first aid procedures

Can You Help !!!!!!!!

Even though we have 40 coaches we still find we need to enlist help on the day with the odd training session, running touch and so on. If you would like to help on a more formal basis let us know. We will also provide courses for you if you would like to become a coach. In addition we are always looking for more people to help with the administration side of the section. This could be writing match reports, helping the duty manager on a Sunday, being a parent co-ordinator or helping to run the club shop. If you can help please let us know.

Referee and Coaching Courses Available

We always need coaches and referees to help run the the mini and junior sections of the club without these volunteers the minis and juniors would not survive. So if you are interested in being further involved with our mini and junior section and would like to have a go at coaching or being a referee have a look at the courses available and contact Glen Cockroft who will provide you with further details on becoming a referee
and contact Dave Butler for information on coaching courses.
Click here to view courses
Click here about refereeing
The RFU aims to be a world leader in Community Rugby Coaching and Development and provides a coaching pathway from mini rugby to the elite game. As a club we encourage both parents and players to take up coaching courses. The club will pay for any parent or player who wishes to attend any coaching courses.
All of our Coach Education Courses are staffed by fully qualified RFU tutors and assessors who will always be on hand to help you develop your coaching skills no matter what level of the game you are working at.

The Clubhouse, Copley
Halifax West Yorkshire
Telephone  01422 353919
e-mail  rugby@orrufc.co.uk
Colours Maroon, White, Black
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