code of conduct

Code of Conduct for Young People

Children have a great deal to gain from sport in terms of their personal development and enjoyment. The promotion of good practice in sport will depend on the co-operation of all involved, including young members of Clubs. Kells Swimming Club and Swim Ireland wishes to provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in the sport. Children have rights, which must be respected and responsibilities that they must accept. They deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. They should be encouraged to realise that they, also, have responsibilities to treat other swimmers and sports leaders with fairness and respect.

Young swimmers are entitled to:

  • Be happy, have fun and enjoy their swimming activity
  • Be safe
  • Feel safe
  • Say no
  • Be treated fairly
  • Be listened to and allowed to respond
  • Be afforded confidentiality
  • Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
  • Have a voice within the Club
  • Experience training and competition at an appropriate level
  • Be represented at decision making bodies within the Club and Swim Ireland

Young swimmers should always:

  • Treat sports leaders who may be teachers, coaches, Club officials or parents with respect
  • Play fairly at all times, do their best
  • Respect team members, even when things go wrong
  • Respect opponents, be gracious in defeat
  • Respect decisions made by others
  • Abide by the rules set down by Swim Ireland and the Club
  • Talk to the Coach, Team Captains, Club Children’s Officer or Committee Member if they have any problems
  • Be on time for training and competitions

Young swimmers should never:

  • Cheat
  • Use violence
  • Use physical contact that is not allowed within the rules
  • Shout or argue with officials, team mates or opponents
  • Harm team members, opponents or their property
  • Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another person
  • Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage
  • Use bad language
  • Take banned substances
  • Keep secrets about any person who may have caused you harm or made you feel upset
  • Tell lies about adults / young people
  • Spread rumours
  • Behave in a manner that might bring Kells Swimming Club or Swim Ireland into disrepute
Parent/Guardian Name(s)

Swimmer’s name

I have read, understand and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct for Young People

Signature of young person

Signature of Parent/Guardian


About Us

Kells Swimming Club. To foster and develop Swimming and other water related activities and its participants. To promote the development of physical, moral and social qualities associated with sport, within the participants.


  • Navan Road,
  • Gardenrath,
  • Kells,
  • Co. Meath
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