Tata Steel Sailing Club

It is the policy of Tata Steel Sailing Club that all children and young people, coaches, instructors, officials, parents/guardians and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club.  The aim is for all participants to enjoy their sport and to improve performance. (This code of conduct also applies to all young people who visit the club.)

Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.


Participants - young sailors, windsurfers and power-boaters.

·         Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to learn to sail, improve your performance and keep you safe

·         Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials, volunteers and visitors

·         Abide by the rules and play fairly

·         Do your best at all times

·         Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online

·         Take care of all property belonging to other children/ young people, the club and its members



·         Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport

·         Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results

·         Never force your child to take part in sport

·         Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes

·         Encourage and guide your child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance

·         Respect and support the coach/trainer

·         Accept trainers/officials’ judgements and recognise good effort and performance by all participants

·         Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute (Approach the senior instructor in the first instance or the Children’s Welfare Officer – see notice boards/website for details)

·         Inform the club or event organisers of relevant medical information

·         Ensure that your child wears suitable clothing. (Beginners are provided with minimum safety equipment on a loan basis for the duration of their course)

·         Ensure that your child has appropriate food and drink. There are facilities to provide hot drinks in the club but the provision of food cannot be guaranteed.

·         Provide contact details and be available when required

·         Take responsibility for your child’s safety and conduct in and around the clubhouse


Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers

·         Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance

·         Encourage participants to value their effort or performance and not just results

·         Promote fair play and never condone cheating or bad behaviour

·         Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part

·         Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect

·         Work in an open environment

·         Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people

·         Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance

·         Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people

·         Communicate clearly with parents and participants

·         Be aware of any relevant medical information and keep this confidential unless disclosure is required for health and safety reasons

·         Follow RYA/WYA and club/class guidelines and policies

·         Holders of RYA/WYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA/WYA Code of Ethics and Conduct

·         Holders of RYA/WYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA/WYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.


If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform the Club Welfare Officer (Ruth Evans), a Committee Member or the person in charge of the activity.

See posters in the clubhouse for Childline and NSPCC contact details or contact the Welfare Officer via the email address on the website: welfare@tatasteelsailing.org.uk