Coaches Code of Conduct

The coach/athlete relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a pivotal role in the personal and athletic development of their athletes. An understanding of the inherent power that coaches can exert over athletes is an extremely important notion. Coaches must recognise that they are role models, through which the values and goals of the sport, and the sport organisations, are represented.

  • All instruction and coaching must be conducive to high safety standards, enjoyment and progress.
  • Coaches are expected to strive to improve personal knowledge and skiing ability, e.g. through attendance at relevant courses.
  • All qualifications must be current and revalidated as necessary.
  • All coaches should present themselves on time and in an appropriate manner and appearance. If you have a uniform, please do wear it.
  • Teamwork is vital to the Club. You are required to work independently in addition to assisting each other as a team.
  • Respect your colleagues, staff at centres, parents and the athletes.
  • All Coaches must have completed a Child Protection Course and abide by the Gordon Skiers Child Protection Documents guidelines.
  • The protection of children/athletes is everyone’s responsibility and as such we all have a responsibility to act on concerns.
  • The child protection policy is available on request.
  • The Club has a nominated Child Protection Officer to whom any child welfare concerns should be reported.
  • No bullying of colleagues or athletes will be tolerated.
  • If you do smoke, please do so away from the club hut or Alford ski centre and remove your club coaches jacket, as a minimum.
  • Alcohol and drugs should not be consumed or used immediately prior to, or during, working periods (even in breaks). Any coach deemed unfit for work will be subject to disciplinary procedures (i.e. smell of alcohol)
  • Coaches must notify the Head Coach if ill and unable to work as soon as possible. Preferably personally message the Head Coach. If it is an unavoidable personal emergency, please notify as soon as possible.
  • If late, please notify Head Coach or Training Convenor as soon as you are aware you will be late.
  • Mobile phones are an essential part of life with social media, internet and camera. While coaching they are not permitted unless for emergencies on the hill and group photos (if permitted). Any personal messages can be taken or picked up in breaks. Mobile phones use must not interfere with work commitment.
  • Any photos should be shared with the Communications Convenor and are only for use on Gordon Skiers media sites.
  • Personal data provided to the club by members needs to be protected under the Data Protection Act 2018. Coaches in possession of such data should only use it for the purpose provided. Misuse of this information will not be tolerated. If a coach is no longer working for the club it is expressly forbidden for them to actively pursue the club members.
  • The coaches must abide by the GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR).