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Code of Conduct

There are several reasons why we have a code of conduct:

  • We want to ensure the game is enjoyable and satisfying. We believe young people play to satisfy themselves, not necessarily for the benefit of adults or their peers.

  • It’s important to keep rugby attractive, safe and enjoyable for all children. We want to see more people participating in the sport.

  • Everyone involved, administrators, coaches, referees and parents, are here to support children who wish to play. It’s for the children that we organise, teach and provide the opportunity.

Code of Conduct for Parents


  • Remember, young people are playing rugby for their enjoyment, not yours.

  • Encourage your child always to play by the Laws of the Game.

  • Teach young people that honest endeavour is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.

  • Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.

  • Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.

  • Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match.

  • Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.

  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of rugby.  If they are to play rugby they will do so in good time through your encouragement.

  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby.

  • As a spectator do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players.

  • Do not publicly question the referee’s judgement and never their honesty.

  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches.

  • Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of the Game of Rugby and uphold their values.

  • Remember you and your child’s contribution to the Game of Rugby is very important to Gentofte Rugby Klub and the DRU and be proud of your contribution.

  • Understand the value of team sport and the importance there of.


Code of Conduct for Spectators


  • Remember that although young people play organised rugby they are not “miniature internationals”.

  • Be on your best behaviour and lead by example.  Do not use profane language or harass referees, players or coaches.

  • Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as your own.

  • Show respect for your team’s opponents.  Without them there would not be a match.

  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.

  • Verbal abuse of players or referees cannot be accepted in any shape or form.

  • Players or referees are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour.

  • Encourage young players to play by the Laws of the Game.

  • Spectators can contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all involved.

  • Be proud of your Klub and the Game of Rugby.


Membership Rules


Gentofte Rugby Klub is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of all its members.  The Klub believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the Klub must, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of everybody.  Therefore all members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Klub.


All junior members must abide by the following rules:


  • All members must, as far as possible, be kept safe from harm while they are at, or representing the Klub.

  • No member associated with the Klub must ask anyone to keep secrets of any kind.

  • Members are not permitted to drink alcohol, smoke or take drugs of any kind whilst at Klub premises and must not participate in any Klub activity whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Members shall also not promote, give or sell any drugs to another member whilst participating on the Klub premises or participating in any Klub activity.

  • Members will respect the coaches, officials and administrators within the Klub and remember that they are giving their time and expertise freely.

  • Members must try to be on time for sessions, matches, and tournaments so as not to disrupt the smooth running of the Klub.

  • Members must pay any fees in relation to membership of the Klub or Klub activities on time unless another arrangement is reached with the Klub Treasurer. 

  • Members will take care of all property belonging to the Klub or any member, including all Klub facilities and equipment.

  • Members are responsible for caring for their own equipment, clothing and property and they must ensure that it does not endanger any other member of the Klub.

  • No jewellery or unsuitable clothing or footwear must be worn during practical sessions.

  • Members must adopt the Fair Play Policy of the Klub which is set out on the attached sheet and act in accordance with the Policy at all times.

  • ​Disruptive behaviour of junior members during training sessions and tournaments will not be accepted by the klub. If members are disruptive the following will process will take place:

    • Coaches will ignore disruptive behaviour and concentrate on children who are behaving. Where a child is not listening, the child will be asked to focus on the coach, and to listen.

    • If the member's behaviour does not improve, the coach will give the child a verbal warning, explaining that if his/her behaviour does not improve, he/she will be asked to leave the field.

    • If the members behaviour does not improve after the verbal warning, the coach will put the child on a ‘time-out’ at the side of the field for 1-5 minutes, depending on the members age and severity of the disruptive behaviour.

    • On returning to the field, and if the child’s behaviour does not improve, the child will be asked to leave the field for a second ‘time-out’.

    • On returning to the field for a second time, and if the child’s behaviour still does not improve, the child will be asked to leave the session.

    • If the child exhibits dangerous behaviour, or is verbally abusive, the coach may in his/her absolute discretion require that the child leaves the session.


Fair Play Policy and Code of Conduct


Within Gentofte Rugby Klub:

  • Players play for enjoyment and to improve, not just to please their parents or coach.

  • Where rules apply, players try to understand them and stick to them.  Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the laws of the Game.

  • Players accept the decisions of coaches and officials.  Let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions.

  • Players will control their tempers at all times.

  • Players will be “good sports”.  They will cheer all good play, whether it is our players/team or an opponents. The aim of the game is to have fun, improve skills and to feel good.  Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.

  • Players will work equally hard for themselves and the team. Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your Klub.

  • Players will treat all players as they themselves would like to be treated.  They will not bully or take unfair advantage of any player.

  • Players will co-operate with the coaches, teammates and opponents – without them there is not a game.  Remember rugby is a team sport.

  • At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.  Winning and losing is part of sport.  Win with humanity – lose with dignity.

  • As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help your team.

  • Remember you are representing your team, Klub, family and the Game of Rugby.


I understand and agree to abide by the Rules and Fair Play Policy and Code of Conduct of Gentofte Rugby Klub:

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