At all times:

  • Be courteous and helpful to all other swimmers, parents, coaches, club members and officials.
  • Accept the instruction and guidance of the coaches without delay
  • Give 100% of your best (physical and mentally) in training and competition
  • Encourage team-mates in their swimming
  • Always satisfy the squad criteria including session attendance outlined by the Head Coach
  • Welcome any new club members and give them guidance when needed
  • Do not go onto poolside unless a coach is present
  • Respect the property of others and never tamper with pool equipment
  • Inform your coach or the club administration officer as soon as possible if you are unable to represent the club when selected
  • Physical or verbal abuse towards other swimmers or club members will not be tolerated
  • Foul, offensive, racially or abusive language should never be used

At training

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before each session and immediately take part in the mobility warm up
  • Bring all personal equipment needed to every session
  • Co-operate with the guidance and instructions from the coaches. If you have an individual question, discuss it with your coach without interrupting the session for other swimmers
  • Give your best all times
  • Respect all your team-mates
  • Advise the coach if you are unable to attend the session (i.e. physical, school, family problems etc.)
  • Think about what you are doing during training

At competitions

  • Arrive ½ hour before the meet is scheduled and in good time to warm up with your team-mates
  • Participate according to the rules and in the spirit of fair play
  • Wear club uniform: swim cap and tee-shirt as direct by the Team Manager or Coach
  • Stay with the team unless preparing for the race
  • Before your event, take time to relax and focus on the race in hand
  • Always congratulate other swimmers after the race regardless of your own result
  • Accept the judgement of officials and your team manager
  • Immediately after the race return to the coach for feedback then always swim down as instructed, before talking to parents


Breaches of the Code of Conduct shall be dealt with in first instance by Head Coach or Coach present. He/she shall take further action as deemed necessary in liaison with the appropriate club personnel at the various levels dependent upon the level of the sanction. These sanctions are not intended to humiliate or make an example of a swimmer. The aim is to help the swimmer to think about their action and to take responsibility.

Stage 1:  Verbal sanction

Stage 2:  For mild problems (see appendix1), loss of training time

Stage 3:  For serious problems (see appendix1), the swimmer will be sent to get changed and to report to Coach in charge, this may result in an informal discussion with parents

Stage 4:  Formal discussion with parents resulting in a structured plan of action to curtail child’s behaviour. This stage may involve Executive Committee members or the Club Welfare Officer


Our aim is to ensure consistency of action throughout the club and to monitor the effectiveness of the policy on swimmers’ behaviour and attitudes.

The club reviews and evaluates policy and procedures annually and continually monitors the implementation of the behaviour policy in the following ways:

  • A record of incidents will be kept of the individual behaviour concerns with the Head Coach and Chairman and, where appropriate, the Welfare Officer
  • Parent Representatives to report behaviour issues to the full committee meeting
  • Individual plans reviewed, to monitor and to measure effectiveness of strategies put in place to moderate behaviour

Appendix 1

Mild problems

  • Interrupting
  • Being impolite
  • Talking when the Coach is talking
  • Annoying other people
  • Ignoring poolside/changing room/land training rules
  • Not following adults’ directions
  • Being too noisy

Bad Problems

  • Answering back to the coaches
  • Hitting someone in a temper – overreacting
  • Spitefulness and being unkind in language and actions
  • General antisocial behaviour, i.e. lack of social skills
  • Swearing

Serious Problems

  • Obscene language or gesture
  • Wilfully disobeying the coach
  • Arguing with the coaches
  • Stealing from another child/adult
  • Damaging property
  • Verbal/Physical bullying
  • Racist language and remarks
  • Putting the club in disrepute

Having read and understood the above Newham & UEL Club Code of Conduct, I agree and comply as a member in good standing. Click here to print and sign the document and give to Giuseppe Caporaso, Head Coach.