WEST HAM UNITED LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CHARTER STANDARD CLUB
Front Cover designed by john greenacre
PAGE 1 INDEX
PAGE 2 INTRODUCTION
PAGE 3 CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT PAGE 1 of 2
PAGE 4 CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT PAGE 2 of 2
PAGE 5 F.A.MODEL CLUB RULES PAGE 1 of 2
PAGE 6 F.A.MODEL CLUB RULES PAGE 2 of 2
PAGE 7 CODE OF CONDUCT PLAYERS
PAGE 8 CODE OF CONDUCT PARENTS & SUPPORTERS
PAGE 9 CODE OF CONDUCT MANAGERS & COACHES
PAGE 10 CODE OF CONDUCT CLUB OFFICALS & VOLUNTEERS
PAGE 11 ANTI DISCRIMINATION POLICY
PAGE 12 EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT
PAGE 13 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
PAGE 14 CLUB COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
Back Cover maps to grounds for 2003-2004
On behalf of WEST HAM UTD LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB I would like to welcome you to
the club and provide you with some information about our activities. The club provides
opportunities for young people between the ages of 9 and 16 and women over 16, to
receive coaching and competition under the umbrella of WEST HAM UNITED FOOTBALL
IN THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMME. All coaching is by qualified F.A. coaches who are
trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.
We welcome parents to all training and competitions and value your support. We are keen
to try and involve parents in the club, If you would like to help please contact the
Training sessions take place weekly, Seniors, Tuesday's & Thursday. Juniors, Friday with
matches normally Sunday PM.
Initially, players will be placed into a 'performance squad', where they will be assessed, the
next step will be either an invitation to join the club, or an extension of the performance
squad, If a player remains in the performance squad, a] because our Team squad is full or
b] we feel that they are not ready, they can apply to other local clubs to play matches ,
whilst remaining in our 'performance squad'. For Matches, teams will be selected firstly
from members attending training. Squads will be limited in numbers to ensure each
member gets a fair opportunity to play, the Manager will decide the suitability of players,
bearing in mind the strength of the opposition
Although attached to West Ham United through the Football in the Community Scheme, we
are completely self funded. This is reflected in the charges we have to make. We have put
into place a Fund Raising Scheme where players can if they so wish, raise their entire fee
through fund raising. Details available from Hon. Treasurer.
We would be grateful if you could complete a club membership registration form, ALL
under 16's MUST also produce 2 x passport size photograph's signed on the back by the
player. For the safety of yourself/child it is important that the club is informed of any medical
condition or allergies that may be relevant should you/your child fall ill or be involved in an
accident while at the club.
We hope that you/your child enjoys their association with WHULFC and that we can provide
a safe and rewarding experience for you.
Our main aim of the Junior & Reserve teams is to develop players for our 1st team, if we
win along the way, so be it. But Development comes first, trophies come afterwards.
We ask that you read the various codes in this booklet and especially ask you show respect
to the opposition, although we are West Ham Utd, we do not want the chants etc that go
with a crowd similar to Upton Park.
John Greenacre Honorary Secretary West Ham United Ladies Football Club
Football and Child Protection
Every adult involved with youth or school football has a moral responsibility to
provide the same level of care that any responsible parent would.
Furthermore any coach, club or organisation failing to provide this level of care
could be legally liable. It is therefore imperative that coaches, administrators and
officials are fully aware of their responsibilities and are able to consistently
demonstrate good practice in the care of children.
There are five basic terms of abuse.
In football terms this might include :
Making the players perform hard physical exercises as a punishment.
This is the most prevalent type of abuse in youth football as many adults have
unrealistic expectations of young players.
Overreaction to success/failure.
This occurs in a football context where the child’s basic needs are not met.
Football and Child Protection
This combination of physical and emotional abuse is unfortunately common
and the coach needs to ensure that all players are treated fairly and that a
supportive atmosphere exists within the group. All complaints of bullying should
be dealt with seriously
Reported incidents of sexual abuse in football are not widespread but with the
upsurge in female football we cannot become complacent. Sexual abuse occurs
when adults use their position of power to feed their depraved needs.
Staff & Volunteers.
All persons working for a club should complete an application form designed to
elicit information about the applicants past career and to establish any criminal
Consent should be obtained from applicants for permission to make police
checks as necessary.
Good practice in the care of children
member of staff and an individual child are completely unobserved.
If groups have to be supervised in the changing rooms always ensure the staff
work in pairs and are of the same gender as the players.
It does not make sense to :
You should never :
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
F.A. Model Club Rules adapted 27-Jan-1992
revised & accepted
Rules of the WEST HAM UNITED LADIES Football Club of the Football Association 26-May-06
1 TITLE :
(a) This Club shall be called WEST HAM UNITED LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
and shall be affiliated to LONDON FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (FA)
and the FA NATIONWIDE PREMIER (LEAGUE)
(b) together with WEST HAM UNITED GIRLS FOOTBALL CLUB
and shall be affiliated to ESSEX FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (FA)
and the ESSEX COUNTY GIRLS GIRLS (LEAGUE)
2 MEMBERSHIP :
(a) (i) The membership of the Club shall be UNLIMITED
(ii) Playing members of the Club aged 16 years and over who shall be FULL members,each with ONE vote.
(iii) Playing members of the Club under the age of 16 who shall be JUNIOR members,(those under the age of
16 years must have written permission from parent(s) or guardians on the registration form before being
eligible for membership), without a vote.
(iv) Non-playing members over the age of 16 who shall be FULL members, each with one vote.
(v) Non-playing members over the age of 16 who shall be wish to assist the Club, who shall be ASSOCIATE
members, without a vote.
3 OBJECTS :
(a) The objects of the Club shall be to promote Womens Football, the objects of the FA, and the League to
which this Club is affiliated.
4 SUBSCRIPTIONS :
(a) (i) Such subscriptions as the Club may determine by proper voting at a General meeting of the Club shall be
paid in FULL, JUNIOR and ASSOCIATE members who shall be duly and officially advised.
(ii) Each member shall sign a certificate as having read the Club Rules and that they undertake to pay the
(iii) The subscriptions shall be paid weekly/monthly to TREASURER
(iv) The subscriptions book shall be kept by the TREASURER ,and made available to the
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE upon request.
5 MEETINGS : including EXTRA_ORDINARY or ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS :
(a) (i) The Annual General meeting of the Club shall be held in MAY each year. (note: It must be before
the AGM of the League to which the Club is affiliated or by the 30 June if the Club is a non-league Club).
(ii) For an Annual or an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting the Secretary shall give 21 days notice in writing to all
Club Members with an agenda for an AGM, and in respect of an EGM stating the business to be transacted.
(iii) The Chairman or Secretary may call an EGM,or will do so if requested in writing by one third of Club members.
(iv) The Chairman or Secretary will call such other meetings of the Club as are necessary with a minimum of
three, (plus the AGM), per season.
6 HONORARY OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE/MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE :
(a) The Clubs shall be governed by its Honorary Officers and Committee as a Management Committee.
(b) The Honorary Officers shall be Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and such other Officers as shall be
decided in accordance with FA Rules and Regulations.
(c) The Committee shall consist of 8 FULL members of the Club.
(d) Honorary Officers,League Representative and Committee shall be elected by voting members of the Club at
its AGM.They shall serve a term of office of one year unless otherwise decided at an interim EGM,
that they shall be replaced until the following AGM.
7 MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE :
(a) The Management Committee shall meet every SIX WEEKS
of each month, and report its decision to Club Meetings. (see 5 (a) (iv)
8 ADMINISTRATION :
(a) All Club correspondence, Minutes of the meetings and administrative records shall be the responsibility of
the Club Secretary.
9 DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE :
(a) A Disciplinary Committee when required shall be selected from FULL Club members and in accordance
with FA procedure.
10 TEAM MANAGER :
(a) The Team Manager is responsible to the Honorary Officers in all matters not delegated by them.
11 QUORUMS :
(a) The quorums for meetings shall be one-half of the voting membership in all cases.
12 VOTING :
(a) All FULL members will have one vote only except the Chairman who shall NOT vote unless a casting vote
is required to decide an issue, on which the voting is otherwise equal.
13 FINANCE :
(a) All monies subscribed to, or raised on behalf of the Club shall be applied to further the objects of the Club
and for no other purpose.
(b) The Honorary Treasurer shall record and keep true and proper accounts of all finances of the Club, (receipts,
credits, payments, assets and liabilities) , closing accounts annually on 31st March.
(c) The accounts shall be audited at least once a YEAR by two independent auditors who shall be appointed
at the AGM.
(d) An audited statement of accounts for the financial year, ending 31st March, shall be submitted by the
Management Committee to each AGM.
(e) The Bankers for the Club shall be LLOYDS/TSB
(f) All cheques shall be signed by 2 out of 3 signatories, one of which shall be the Treasurer. Signatories will
be nominated from Officers elected annually at the AGM or subsequent EGM.
(g) The Clubs Betting and small Lotteries licence shall be held by the Secretary who shall promote all draws
for the Club.
14 INSURANCE :
(a) The insurers for the Club shall be : LLOYDS :
and the policy number is F1/28575/128623/CBB
15 ALTERATIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES :
(a) No alteration or amendment must conflict with the concept of the Rule, nor be contrary to FA Rules and
(b) Any proposal to alter or amend the Rules must be submitted in writing to the Secretary 26 days before the
AGM at which it is to be first considered.
(c) Any such amendment or alteration will require a two-thirds majority of members present and voting at a
16 DISSOLUTION :
(a) Any dissolution of the Club shall be in accordance with FA League Rules, Section 15.
17 OTHER MATTERS :
(a) The Club will carry out the procedures of all matters in accordance with FA Memoranda, Rules &
Regulations, and specifically those relating to matters not included in these Club Rules.
18 CLUB RULES
(a) A copy of the Club Rules duly certified as agreed at the AGM, shall be deposited with the League to which
the Club is affiliated, or in respect of a non-league Club, with the appropriate FA. Any subsequent
Constitutional change shall be notified by the Club to the League or FA as applicable.
agreed as a true record L Crowe Chairman
appendix A Disciplinary Code & Fees JMGreenacre Treasurer
appendix B Application to join/rejoin
CODE OF CONDUCT
1 Will have a good attitude at training and matches
2 Will turn up for training and matches on time
3 All players should arrive at all Home/Away matches at least 1 hour
before kick off and at Training at least 5 minutes before scheduled
4 Any player who regularly fails to attend training/matches without valid
reason may be asked to leave the club
5 Will show good sportsmanship and respect at all times
6 Will shake hands with opponents before and after the game
7 No jewellery is to be worn by players during training or a game
8 Will always wear the correct kit
9 Club training kit will be worn for training and matches
10 Club kit is only to be worn for matches
11 Shirts are to be tucked in whilst playing a match
12 Football boots must be clean and in good condition
13 Must wear shin pads during training and matches
14 Must not eat or chew gum during training or matches
15 Must not swear or fight on or off the field
16 No abuse or racial or homophobic remarks shall be made towards any
other player, official or supporter
17 Respect the wishes of your manager, coach and team official
18 Never attempt to induce a registered player from another club, to play
for your club.
19 Inform the manager or coach when you have an injury
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CODE OF CONDUCT
Parents and Supporters
1 Ensure that your child arrives and is collected on time
2 Do NOT ask Staff/Coaches/Managers to mind your child (if you cannot remain
on site You Must ask another Parent to look after your child)
3 Display good sportsmanship at all times
4 Stand well back when watching matches , at least 1 yard behind the line on one
side of the pitch. The Players & coaches ONLY will stand on the opposite side
or at the ends.
5 Never enter the field of play, unless requested to do so by the Referee or the
6 Do not put pressure on your child especially in matches
7 Always encourage your child, never be negative
8 Never attempt to coach the team/players from the touchline
9 Only discuss your concerns about training or matches with the team manager in
10 Inform the manager it there has been a change in your child's medical condition
11 Never swear at any player, official or supporter
12 No abuse or racial or homophobic remarks shall be made towards any other
player, official or supporter
13 No drinking alcohol during training sessions or matches
14 Ensure suitable clothing and footwear is worn by your child
15 Pay any fees/subs on time
16 All should arrive to all Home/Away matches at least 1 hour before kick off
17 Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
18 Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
19 Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
20 Never force your child to take part in sport.
21 Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good
performances of all.
22 Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
23 Publicly accept officials' judgements.
24 Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
25 Never attempt to induce a registered player from another club, to play for your
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26 Use correct and proper language at all times.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Managers & Coaches
1 Always respect your players
2 Always arrive on time
3 Always have the correct equipment available
4 Always have the First Aid Kit available
5 Be available to attend the appropriate training courses
6 Show No favouritism towards players
7 Display good sportsmanship at all times
8 Always be Honest with players, parents and guardians
9 No drinking alcohol whilst in charge of players during training sessions or
10 Be responsible for the behaviour of players, parents and supporters during
11 To discipline players and coaches and parents when necessary according to
Club rules & guidelines
12 Never spend time alone with a single Child.
13 Never allow ONE Child (other than your own) in your Car ,without someone else
14 Never take a Child (other than your own) to your Home , without someone else
15 Never take part in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including
16 Never allow or take part in any form of inappropriate touching
17 Never allow children to use inappropriate language
18 Never make sexually-suggestive comments to a child, even in fun
19 Never reduce a child to tears as a form of control
20 Never allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not
acted upon. (Report to Clubs CPO)
21 Never do things of a personal nature for children or vulnerable adults, that they
can do for themselves
22 Never accept bullying, rule violations or the use of prohibited substances
23 Never attempt to induce a registered player from another club, to play for your
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ALL Volunteers and paid staff must complete a 'personal disclosure form'
CODE OF CONDUCT
club officials and volunteers
The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised
below. All club officials & volunteers must:
1 consider the well-being and safety of participants before the
development or performance.
2 develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based
on mutual trust and respect.
3 make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and
experience of those taking part
4 promote the positive aspects of the sport (eg fair play)
5 display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
6 follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the
7 hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
8 never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal
benefit or reward
9 never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibitive
10 encourage performers to value their performances and not just
11 Never attempt to induce a registered player from another club, to play
for your club.
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ALL Volunteers and paid staff must complete a 'personal disclosure
As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and
values to apply throughout the game at every level.
Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. Our commitment is to eliminate
discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour,
religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.
Anti Discrimination Policy For Clubs
· West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club is responsible for setting
standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level.
Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our
commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by
reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour,
religion or disability.
· Equality of opportunity at West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club means
that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat
anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race,
nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
* The advertisement for volunteers. ·
* The selection of candidates for volunteers. ·
* Courses. ·
* External coaching and education activities and awards. ·
* Football development activities. ·
* Selection for teams. ·
* Appointments to honorary positions.
· West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club will not tolerate sexual or racially
based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or
verbal and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with
appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
· West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club is committed to the development
of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and
activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its
own organisation and in the wider context, within football as a whole.
EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT
WEST HAM UNITED LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
· This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all
aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the
following Sport England definition of sports equity:
Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising
inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the
culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to
everyone in society.
· The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will
treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age,
ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or
· The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport
in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and
. All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory
behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
· The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour
seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.
Equal Opportunities Policy for Clubs
West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all
members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to
this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal
Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.
All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976,
Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically
discrimination is prohibited in:
* Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or
ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientated or disability less favourably than others.
* Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s)
for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different to the
requirements for others.
* Imposing on an individual requirments which are in effect more onerous on that individual
than they are on others. For example this would include applying a condition (which is not
warranted by the requirements of the position) which makes it more difficult for members of
a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
* Victimisation of an individual.
* Harassment of an individual (which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and
sanction applicable thereto is regarded as discrimination).
* Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a
member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the Club's
recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters etc.
- in other words all instances where those in control of members are required to make
judgements between them - it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament
are considered as objectively as possible.
West Ham Utd Ladies Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of
discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the
practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any
member accused of discrimination.
* Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in
its many forms is against the Football Club's policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the
* The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such
members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other
members, the difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to
ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such
members who request it.
Club Complaints Procedure
In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered
discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of
Conduct have been broken should follow the procedures below.
1 . They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another
member of the Committee.
Your report should include:
i. Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.
ii. Any witness statement and names.
iii. Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
iv. Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when
and to whom made.
v. A preference for a solution to the incident.
2. The Club's Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are
3. The Club's Management Committee will have the power to:
i. Warn as to future conduct;
ii. Suspend from membership;
iii. Remove from membership;
any person found to have broken the Club's Policies or Codes of
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