Code of Conduct

Explanatory Foreword


The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to encourage fair, ethical treatment of all persons and organisations that come under the umbrella of Cambridge Football Club (CFC). Obviously some sections of the Code will be more applicable to some persons and groups than others.


All persons will agree to abide by the CFC Code of Conduct and acknowledge that any breach of the Code of Conduct, or any part of it, may result in disciplinary action under the CFC Constitution, Regulations and Policies.


The following Code of Conduct applies to all CFC members and persons participating in CFC activities.

As a CFC member and/or participant you should meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct during any CFC sanctioned activity:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your
  • Make a commitment to providing quality service and
  • Be aware of, and maintain, an uncompromising adherence to, standards, rules, regulations and policies.
  • Operate within the Constitution, Regulations, Policies and Procedures of CFC and
  • Understand the possible consequences of breaching the CFC Code of
  • Immediately report any breaches of CFC members to the appropriate
  • Comply with any and all applicable national or local
  • Refrain from any form of abuse towards
  • Refrain from using any obscene
  • Refrain from any form of harassment towards
  • Refrain from any form of discrimination towards
  • Refrain from any form of victimisation towards
  • Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence and other dangers to our
  • Promote the interests of
  • Provide a safe environment for the conduct of activity in accordance with relevant CFC
  • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or
  • Be a positive role
  • Do not provide comment to any media, or publish any comment (including on any website), on behalf of Cambridge Football Club or its Federations.

  • Do not speak to any media in a negative way, or publish any negative comment (including on any website) regarding Cambridge Football Club or any of its Federations.
  • Never act in any way that may bring disrepute or disgrace to CFC members, its stakeholders and/or its sponsors, potential sponsors and/or partners.
  • Do not participate (or benefit from assisting others involved) in sports betting or gambling activity associated with football matches and/or football results in which you are participating or have been directly involved in.


Cambridge Football Club expects all members, supporters, advisors, staff and associates of CFC to abide by a Code of Conduct that upholds the principles and values of the organisation and the CFC Member Protection Policy. Members should recognise that at all times, they have a duty of care to all CFC members.


In addition a


Team Manager will:


  • Be responsible for the overall welfare and well being of team members and officials when travelling with a team.
  • Maintain a ‘duty of care’ towards team members and be accountable for the management of the team.
  • Have a sound working knowledge of CFC Constitution, Regulations and Policies, and ensure that the conduct of the affairs of the team is in accordance with these and or any other policies and guidelines determined by CFC.
  • Foster a collaborative approach to the management of the

Referee will:


  • Officiate matches in a fair, safe manner that ensures spectator enjoyment and player
  • Know the Laws of the Game and their interpretations
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all
  • Be a good
  • Keep up to date with the latest trends in
  • Give all people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or
  • Maintain physical fitness for peak
  • Keep all appointments assigned to and accepted by
  • Conduct themselves in a way that is ethically and morally beyond
  • Support fellow
  • Grant players and coaches dignity and self

Member1, Administrator2, Associate3 will:


1A Member shall include a club member, whether active or social, or life member of any affiliated club, organisation or Federation.


2An Administrator shall include any person who is in an elected or appointed administrative capacity, whether paid or a volunteer, at an affiliated football club, affiliated organisation or Federation.

3An Associate shall include any person so determined by the Board of CFC.


  • Encourage their members and spectators (as appropriate) to abide by the Code of Conduct and take reasonable steps to ensure such compliance.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with
  • Be professional in all
  • Ensure language, presentation, manner and punctuality reflect high
  • Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established
  • Maintain strict
  • Maintain a safe environment for

Coach will:


Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual player as a human being and:


  • Treat everyone equally regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity or
  • Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each player in order to help each player reach their full potential.
  • Maintain high standards of
  • Operate within the rules of football and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging players to do the same.
  • Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances within the guidelines of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency.
  • Not disclose any confidential information relating to their players without written prior


Be a positive role model for the sport and the players and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching viz:

  • Provide all players with the equal attention and opportunities they
  • Ensure the time spent with their player(s) is a positive
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with
  • Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and engaging in poor lifestyle choices around players.


Show professional responsibility:


  • Display high standards in language, manner, punctuality, preparation and
  • Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport - this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
  • Encourage their players to demonstrate the same
  • Be professional and accept responsibility for their
  • Refrain from initiating a relationship with a player and also discourage any attempt by a player to initiate a sexual relationship with them, explaining the ethical basis of the
  • Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence and

  • Refrain from criticism of other

Make a commitment to providing a quality service to their players:


  • Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach education and other personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Provide players with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their needs and goals.
  • Seek advice and assistance from professionals when additional expertise is
  • Maintain appropriate

Provide a safe environment for training and competition:


  • Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
  • Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety
  • Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environment are appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the players.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured
  • Allow further participation in training and competition only when
  • Encourage players to seek medical advice when
  • Provide a modified training programme where Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured players.


Protect players from any form of personal abuse:


  • Refrain from any form of verbal, physical and emotional abuse towards
  • Refrain from any form of sexual and racial harassment, racial vilification and harassment on the grounds of disability.
  • Ensure that any physical contact with players is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player's skill development.
  • Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards players from other sources while in their

Player will:


  • Play to win but play
  • Never argue with or verbally abuse an official; observe the Laws of the
  • Accept defeat with
  • Conduct themselves in a sportsman-like manner and respect fellow players, coaches, managers and referees and the achievement of opponents.
  • Not bully or take an unfair advantage of another
  • Cooperate with their coach, manager, team mates and

In addition, Players in CFC teams will:

  • Refrain from possessing and/or consuming prohibited substances while in CFC camps or on
  • Not consume or purchase alcohol and tobacco while in CFC camps or on tours without the agreement of the Team Manager and Head Coach.
  • Comply with training, competition, curfew and behaviour requirements, directed by CFC, while in camp or on tours.

Parent/Guardian will:


  • Agree to abide by the Code of
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not the
  • Encourage children to participate and not force
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or
  • Encourage children always to compete according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a
  • Remember that children learn best by
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do
  • Show appreciation for coaches, officials and

Cambridge Football Club expects all Federations, clubs, organisations, employees, members, referees, administrators, associates, coaches, players, volunteers and parents or guardians to understand the possible consequences of breaching the Code of Conduct and ensure that they abide by the Code.


Any serious breaches of this Code of Conduct or persistent violations of any aspect of the Code of Conduct, by any of the above may result in any of the following being imposed:

  • Suspension
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Fines
  • Loss of competition points
  • Loss of match Acknowledgements:


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