North Kildare Cricket Club - Youth Code of Ethics and Good Practice

North Kildare Cricket Club Youth Section  Code of Ethics & Good Practice

The guidelines in this document are based on the following documents:

  • Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport, Irish Sports Council /
  • Sports Council Northern Ireland, 2006.
  • Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children,
  • Dept. of Health & Children 1999

Principles and Core Values

The work of North Kildare CC is based on the following principles that will guide the

development of cricket for young people. Young people’s experience of sport should

be guided by what is best for the young person. The stages of development and the

ability of the young person should guide the types of activity provided within cricket.

Adults will need to have a basic understanding of the needs of young people,

including physical, emotional and personal.

Importance of Childhood

The importance of childhood should be understood and valued by everyone involved

in sport.

Needs of the Child

All children’s experiences should be guided by what is best for children.

Integrity in Relationships

Adults interacting with children in sport are in a position of trust and influence. They

should always ensure that children are treated with integrity and respect, and the

self-esteem of young people is enhanced.

Fair Play

All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play.

Quality Atmosphere and Ethos

Standards of behaviour for leaders and children in cricket are as important as

standards set for sports performance. Standards of excellence extend to personal



Competition is an essential element of sport and should be encouraged in an age appropriate manner. A child-centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and

specialisation are kept in their appropriate places.


All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability,

age, gender, religion, social or ethnic background or political persuasion. Children,

irrespective of ability or disability, should be involved in cricketing activities in an

integrated and inclusive way, wherever possible.

Policies and practice

The following statement is written into the Constitution of North Kildare CC:

“The organisation is fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of its members.

Every individual involved in organised cricket should, at all times, show respect and

understanding for their rights of safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way

that reflects the principles of the organisation and the guidelines contained in the

Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland.”

In North Kildare CC, our first priority is the welfare of the young people and we are

committed to providing an environment which will allow participants to perform to the

best of their ability, free from bullying and intimidation. North Kildare CC wishes to

provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in cricket. Young

people deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of

any kind. These participants have rights, which must be respected, and

responsibilities that they must accept. Young people should be encouraged to realise

that they have responsibilities to treat other participants and sports leaders with

fairness and respect.