Code of Conduct for Members and Guests of Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club*

Members and Guests of Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Policies, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.

All Members and Guests of Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club will: 

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket; 
  • Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief; 
  • Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed; 
  • Display high standards of behaviour; 
  • Promote the positive aspects of cricket e.g. fair play; 
  • Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials; 
  • Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials; 
  • Recognise good performance not just match results; 
  • Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance; 
  • Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual; 
  • Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket; 
  • Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club; 
  • Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club; 
  • Follow ECB guidelines set out in the ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued; 
  • Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB. 

* Members and Guests include all members, officers and volunteers of the Cricket Club and all guests of those members, officers and volunteers, as well as all individuals who watch / attend / participate / officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity. 

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will: 

  • Have been appropriately vetted, if required; 
  • Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance; 
  • Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment) NB This includes the online world – club officers and volunteers are discouraged from online or other electronic communication with children – any such communication should be via parents; 
  • Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket; 
  • Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’; 
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect; 
  • Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval; 
  • Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines. These recommend the principle “people in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16 – 17 year olds in their care”; 
  • Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the safeguarding of children. 

Players must be aware that the Club has signed up to the voluntary codes of conduct for both the Kent Cricket League and the Kent Regional Cricket League. 

The most recent version of these documents can be found on the KCL and KRCL websites by searching for “Kent Cricket League voluntary code of conduct” and “Kent Regional Cricket League voluntary code of conduct” 

Whereas these league Voluntary Codes of Conduct deal with bad behaviour reported by an umpire, the responsibility for upholding standards of behaviour at all times lies squarely with the club and in particular the captain of each team on the day. 

The principles set out in this policy apply not only in match and other “live” situations but also to on-line and social media activities. Club members should familiarise themselves with the SVCC “Social Media and Electronic Communications Policy” which sets out relevant guidelines. In addition, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers must follow the “ECB Guidance on the use of Social Media and other electronic communications” regarding Social Media, texts, apps, emails and messaging services particularly as applied to communication with children and young adults. 

If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code of Conduct occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time. 

Version: March 2021