Avid Sport Code of Conduct
All riders should:
- Contribute to being part of the team, both on and off the bike. This includes attending training sessions, supporting events (marshalling etc.).
- Act in an appropriate manner that upholds the image of Avid Sport, making sure they do not swear and maintain a responsible online presence.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion.
- Compete within the rules and respect officials and all their decisions.
- Report inappropriate behaviour to the club welfare officer (Emily Young), or a committee member if more appropriate, promptly and factually.
- Not cheat, be violent, aggressive or ride in a way that endangers others. They should always remember they are responsible for the safety of themselves and all those around them so they must stay focussed on riding responsibly at all times.
- Be supportive and committed to all riders and show team spirit recognising good performance.
- Wear suitable kit (including a helmet) and clothing for all cycling activity sessions. Team kit should be worn when racing and where possible when training.
- Take responsibility for their bike and its equipment. It must be well maintained and safe to ride at all times.
- Arrive for training in good time for training sessions, rides and races.
- Cooperate with their coaches, club mates and opponents remembering that without them there would be no competition.
By doing this we will act as ambassadors for cycling as a whole.
All riders have the right to:
o Be safe and happy in all club training sessions and competitions.
o Be listened to.
o Be respected and treated fairly.
o Be referred to professional help if needed.
o Be protected from abuse by other members or outside sources.
o Participate on an equal basis appropriate to their ability.
o Experience competition and the desire to win.
o Ask for help.
o Have any concerns taken seriously and acted on.
Riders/Parents or guardians must understand:
- they are aware that sessions may take place in the dark during the winter months and are aware of and accept the risks associated.
- they are responsible for providing and maintaining the appropriate equipment for the session (e.g. lights/tires/helmet).
- they are aware that Avid Sport is catering for riders who are progressing to compete – this demands that the nature of sessions is a strenuous nature and riders should be prepared for this and if the session will put them at risk then they should not participate.
- the demands and risks of the cycling activity and that they alone can make the decision about the ability of themselves or their child to complete it.
- that they/the child should be competent at a level to ride in a group on the road.
- that coaches/ride leaders at their discretion may decline to let them/their child join a ride that they feel is unsuitable for them.
- arrangements to get to and from the activity are the sole responsibility of the rider/parent or guardian.
- they should ensure the emergency contact is available to recover them/their child in the event of a mechanical breakdown or accident.
- that DBS checks may not have been done on event organisers or ride leaders.
- that all U16 riders must have a “designated adult” when riding on the road who is responsible for the child throughout the road ride (this does not need to be a parent, but the adult must be able to contact/be contacted by the child’s parent/guardian and be prepared to accompany them in an ambulance if needed).
- they have a responsibility to notify the Avid Sport Committee of any illness or injury that might affect their ability to train.
Avid Sport will endeavour to provide support for transport to events. Riders/Parents or guardians will not be asked by Avid Sport to provide transport for other members of the team this must be arranged by the riders/parents or guardians themselves.
When Avid Sport is able to provide assistance with transport to an event, the riders will be collected at a designated place by an Avid Sport committee member who holds a British Cycling DBS check. The riders/parent or guardian are responsible for making sure they are happy with the travel arrangements that have been made and understand that Avid Sport do not take responsibility for the safety of passengers travelling to and from events.
I give Avid Sport permission to take photographs and / or video of me/my child.
I grant Avid Sport full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.