STANDARDS & POLICY ADOPTED BY PENICUIK ATHLETIC YOUTH F.C.
Football can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on people – especially young people and vulnerable adults. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable qualities and skills such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects can only take place if football is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all young people and vulnerable adults first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them. The reality is that abuse does take place in football and in some cases coaches and other trusted adults in football have been convicted of abuse against children and vulnerable adults.
Everyone has a duty of care towards children and vulnerable adults to help to protect them from abuse. It is hoped that the policy and the supporting procedures will help create a safe environment in our football club and minimise risk for everyone involved in football at the Club. It offers all volunteers and players a clear position of Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club and the expected standards to be upheld at all times. In addition, it provides the Club with Guidelines for the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
Adopting best practice by everyone will help to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from potential abuse as well as adults in positions of responsibility from potential false allegations of abuse.
Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults through the implementation of the policy and the supporting procedures contained within this section of our website.
CODES OF CONDUCT FOR:
THE CLUB, COACHES, PLAYERS, PARENTS & SPECTATORS
One of the critical components of our game is the passion that people show for the team and club that they support. Whilst this passion is usually harnessed and used to support our game, it sometimes can boil over to create negative situations. We must all work together in the attempt to eliminate this negative passion. Codes of Conduct are an integral component of footballing activities and the following codes as implemented by Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club compliment the good work of the many football bodies in Scotland (see opposite).
HEALTH AND SAFETY STATEMENT
PENICUIK ATHLETIC YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB HAVE A DUTY OF CARE TO ALL MEMBERS (CHILDREN AND ADULTS). WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE OUR MEMBERS TO TAKE PART IN OUR ACTIVITIES REMEMBERING THAT THE HEALTH, WELL BEING AND SAFETY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.
Scottish FA Quality Mark
Our Club promotes the highest standards of discipline and respect in its players towards its fellow players, coaches, opposition and referees. In doing so, we seek to develop in each young player the right attitude and approach to assist in providing the best possible start for their future career either in or out of football.
We are affiliated to ESSDA; SERYFA; SYFA and the SFA. By demonstrating its commitment to player development and higher levels of coach education, child protection, first aid and Community engagement, Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club has progressed from achieving the standard award in 2009 to the Legacy award in 2015. The legacy Award is the highest accreditation within the SFA Quality Mark Framework. The Club is proud of this significant achievement.
Club Chairperson- James Robertson
Vice Chairperson-Currently vacant
Club Secretary- Claire Conway
Club Treasurer- Lynn Bertram
Club Development Officer- Matt Harrison
Club Procurement- Stephen Taylor
Facilities Coordinators X2- Keith Thompson & Jamie Lumsden
Welfare and Child Protection Officer X2- Matt Harrison & Julie Abblett
Coach and Volunteer Coordinators X2 - Scott Montgomery & Steven Mitchell
Fund Raising Coordinator- Currently vacant
Social Media and Communication- Jordan Dunn
Covid Officer- Fraser Bertram
General Committee Members X3- Chris McLean, Samantha Murray and 3rd role still vacant
Head of Football Competitive - Brian Stewart
Head of Girls Sections – Jenny Lavin
Head of Non-Competitive- Steven Mitchell
Head of Early Touches- Brian Christie