Lionheart Football School of Excellence (LFSE) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the children’s wellbeing throughout all activities we offer.

We believe that it is important that all participants including children, parents, coaches and volunteers should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, all are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the activities with Richard Bell (Director/Head Coach).

All activities should offer a positive experience for children and young people, where they can learn in a safe and positive environment.

Courtesy, good manners and consideration for others, together with self-discipline and proper respect for authority are encouraged at all times.

We place great emphasis on praising children for politeness and kindness to others. All children are expected to make a full contribution to the club’s sport sessions.

A participant of any LFSE session is expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

Children and young people are expected to:

  • Be loyal and give their friends/team members a second chance.
  • Be friendly and particularly welcoming to newcomers.
  • Be supportive and committed to other team members.
  • Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late
  • Play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
  • Keep themselves and others safe.
  • Report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations for other children to the coach.
  • Play fairly and be trustworthy.
  • Not cheat or be violent and aggressive.
  • Keep within the defined boundary of the coaching area.
  • Behave and listen to all instructions from the coaches.
  • Show respect to other children/participants/coaches and show team spirit.
  • Take care of any provided equipment or other’s belongings.
  • Pay any fees for training or events promptly
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background or religious beliefs.
  • Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references. This includes bullying using new technologies like chat-rooms or texting.
  • Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not want to do.
  • Refrain from bullying or persistent use of rough and dangerous play.
  • Wear a suitable training kit in accordance with the weather forecast.

Children / Young People have the right to:

  • Be safe and happy during any of our sport sessions.
  • Be listened to.
  • Be respected and treated fairly.
  • Privacy.
  • Enjoy their session in a protective environment.
  • Be protected from abuse by other member or outside sources.
  • Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability.
  • Ask for help.
  • Have any concerns taken seriously and acted on.

Exclusion rule

  • Any minor transgressions and general misbehaviour will be addressed by the Director/Head Coach (Richard Bell).
  • More serious or persistent misbehaviour may result in disciplinary action and potentially dismissal from the activity.
  • Even though we will avoid it where possible, exclusion may occur should a child consistently disrupt activities or put other children or members of the public at harm despite having been warned. Parents / Guardians will be expected to collect their child early when asked to do so.

Coaches/Volunteers are expected to:

  • Arrive in plenty of time to set up our activities and ensure safety.
  • Keep ourselves informed about sound coaching practices.
  • Be reasonable in our demands on participant’s time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Invests in the well-being and interests of their players, not their win/loss record.
  • Teach our team that honest effort is more important than victory, so that the result of each coaching session and game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Never ridicule or shout at a participant for making a mistake or losing.
  • Teach players to be fair and to follow the rules.
  • Divide our time equally between all standards of players.
  • Hold an up to date DBS certificate.
  • Ensure we have adequate insurance cover for the coaching we are undertaking.
  • Ensure we and our players have respect for their opponents, the officials and opposing coaches and supporters.
  • Determine professionally if an injured player is ready to play or train.
  • Take responsibility for the children and young people in our care until they have safely left the session.
  • Refrain from doing anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other person on the ground of gender, race, disability, age, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, social background, ethnic origin, language, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy.