Code of Conduct

Aims & Objectives

The aim of
East Meath United is to provide all players at our club with the maximum
opportunities to develop their footballing ability to its full potential.
This will be achieved with the full co-operation of Managers/Coaches, Players,
and Parents in a safe and friendly environment.

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

The core
values of East Meath United as a club are Respect, Effort, Ambition,
Teamwork, and Humility
. Everyone associated with the club must be seen
by their behaviour both individually and collectively to uphold our core values
at both training and matches (win, lose or draw) every week. I therefore as a
parent /guardian agree:

  • I will
    not force my child to participate in soccer
  • I will
    remember that children participate to have fun and enjoyment
  • I will
    inform the coach of any disability or ailment (injury) that may affect the
    safety of my child or the safety and well-being of others
  • I will
    learn the rules of the game and the policies of the club
  • I will
    be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by
    showing respect and courtesy and demonstrating positive support for all
    players, coaches, officials, and spectators at every game and training
    session that I attend
  • I will
    not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official,
    player, coach or parent, such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake
    hands or using profane language
  • I will
    not encourage any behaviours or practices that would endanger the health
    and well-being of others
  • I will
    teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve any conflict without
    resorting to hostility
  • I will
    demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and
    spectators with respect
  • I will
    teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning so
    that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game
  • I will
    praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard and make my child
    feel like a winner
  • I will
    never ridicule or shout at my child or other participants for making a
  • I will
    emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child
  • I will
    promote the emotional and physical well-being of the players ahead of
    personal desire I may have for my own
  • I will
    respect the officials and their authority and will never question, discuss
    or confront coaches during games and will arrange to speak with coaches at
    an agreed time
  • I will
    demand a sports environment for my child that is free from any kind of
  • I will
    refrain from coaching my child or other players during matches or training
    sessions and I will only encourage

Player code of conduct

The core
values of East Meath United as a club are Respect, Effort, Ambition,
Teamwork, and Humility.
Everyone associated with the club must
be seen by their behaviour both individually and collectively to uphold our
core values at both training and matches (win, lose or draw) every week. I
therefore as a player of East Meath United (EMU) agree to the following:

  • I will
    act in the best interest of the club at all times
  • I will
    follow not only the rules of the game of association football but also, I
    will play/train within the spirit of these rules, remembering that the
    game of football is for fun above all
  • I will
    inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment (injury) that may
    impact upon my safety or bring physical harm to others or myself
  • I will
    learn the rules of the game to the best of my ability
  • I will
    be positive in my support of other players and coaches
  • I will
    put sportsmanship before personal gain and be courteous and respectful to
    parents, players, coaches, officials, and referees at all
  • I will
    NOT engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official,
    coach, referee, parent or player such as booing and taunting, refusing to
    shake hands, or using profane language or
  • I will
    NOT bully, physically or verbally any player, coach, referee, parent or
  • I will
    NOT enter in to a debate or make any negative or derogatory comment or
    criticism about a player, coach or official from either EMU or another
    club on a social media outlet such as Facebook or Twitter which may either
    impinge upon the reputation or good name of EMU or any other person or
  • I will
    NOT use physical violence against anybody at any
  • I will
    put the same amount of effort and time into my club as the club put into
  • I will
    follow the rules set by the coaches, referees or officials of EMU at all
  • I will
    respect the coaches and officials and their authority during
  • I will
    arrive on time for the appropriate match/training
  • I will
    give prior notice to the coach if I cannot make it to a match or training
  • I will
    inform an adult official of EMU of any wrongdoings or problems within the
    club that I become aware of

Download Parant / Guardian & Player Code of Conduct Form

Download Parent / Guardian Consent Form

Code of Conduct for Managers/Coaches

  • Managers/Coaches
    will show respect for all players and officials and lead by example.
  • Be
    fully prepared for coaching sessions and matches.
  • Ensure
    a safe environment for learning and development.
  • Managers/Coaches
    to keep themselves up to date with new ideas on coaching and development.
  • Encourage
    each player in terms of self-discipline, good behaviour, and punctuality.
  • Be
    self-critical and not afraid to seek assistance.
  • Be
    familiar with the East Meath United Club Child Protection Guidelines
    through liaison with EMU Child Protection Officer Lara Synott on 085
    716 8634
  • Liaise
    with parents but do not share confidential information with them regarding
    players other than their own child.
  • Ensure
    that all players are aware that all forms of bullying will not be
  • Be
    generous with your praise when it is deserved.
  • Managers/Coaches
    must always display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

Child Protection Policy

  • East
    Meath United believes that concern for the general well-being and welfare
    of all children and young persons under its care is of paramount importance
    in developing the young players of the future.
  • The
    club recognizes the responsibilities and trust that is placed on it by all
    players and their families.
  • It will
    seek to respond to that responsibility by encouraging best practice in
    Child Protection matters and encourage everyone involved in the club to
    recognize this.
  • The
    protection of the child must be the first priority of all its members.
  • All
    Managers/Coaches must know the club’s policy and procedures, be encouraged
    to listen to concerns of players and take their complaints seriously.
  • All
    current and potential Managers/Coaches shall consent to be screened as to
    their suitability to work with children as specified by the FAI Child
    Protection guidelines.
  • East
    Meath United will emphasize to all members that they have a duty to report
    to the
  • Designated
    Person any concerns they have over the possible abuse of children. This
    duty also applies to concerns they might have about a colleague.
  • The
    Club will provide guidance to anyone who makes a report of suspected abuse
    and they will be fully supported when voicing these concerns.

Guidance to Promote Good Practice

following guidelines are suggested to Managers/Coaches in an attempt to reduce
situations, which could lead to the abuse of children as well as attempting to
protect those who are working with children and young people.

  • Always
    try to work with children and young people in the open and public view.
  • With
    very young children, where possible, try to encourage parents to take
    responsibility for their children in the changing rooms.
  • It is
    possible that a Manager/Coach might have to help young children with
    undressing, changing and dressing. Such tasks should only be carried out
    after discussion and consent of the player and parents.
  • Always
    ensure Managers/Coaches work in pairs when children have to be supervised
    in the changing rooms.
  • Always
    try to develop a climate, which discourages the criticising of those who
    are seen as having less ability.
  • Always
    try to take steps to challenge bullying and always listen to complaints
    from team members who feel that they are being bullied.
  • Always
    try to avoid being alone in a car with a child/young person. Sometimes
    this will be unavoidable but try to make sure the child/young person sits
    in the back of the car.
  • Always
    try to avoid taking a child/young person home with you, especially if they
    would be alone with a Manager/Coach.
  • It is
    advisable that Managers/Coaches identify who will be collecting a
    child/young person following a match or training session.
  • Managers/Coaches
    should take steps to know who will care for a child/young person if his
    parents are not at home when the child is returned home following a match
    or training session.

Anti-Bullying Policy

It is vital
that everyone within the club understands that Bullying will not be tolerated
and that the following conditions must be met.
In being confronted with a possible case of bullying all Managers/Coaches must
be prepared to:

  • Take
    the problem seriously.
  • Investigate
    the incident.
  • Talk to
    the bullies and victims separately.
  • Decide
    on an appropriate action such as:
  • Obtain
    an apology from the bully to the victim.
  • Inform
    parents of the bully.
  • Encourage/support
    the bully to change his behavior.
  • Impose
    sanctions against bullies up to and including dismissal.

Child Protection Advice for Players

You are
entitled to as a player to be:

  • Be
  • Be
    treated with dignity, sensitivity, and respect.
  • Experience
    competition and the desire to win as a positive and healthy outcome of
    striving for best performance.
  • Be
    happy, have fun and enjoy soccer.
  • Comment
    and make suggestions in an appropriate and constructive manner.
    Be listened to.

All above is superseded by the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for
Children’s Sport as directed by The Irish Sports Council and supported by the
FAI. See for further information.


East Meath United, Minnistown Road, Ninch, Co Meath Mail: Tel: 086 457 3041