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
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.
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.