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Notts County Women and Girls Code of Conduct

Season 2019-2020


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

  • When playing football, training, working or learning, I will:
    • Always play to the best of my ability
    • Play fairly – I will not cheat, complain or waste time
    • Respect my team mates, the other team, the referee or may coach/manager
    • Play by the rules as directed by the referee
    • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the match
    • Listen and respond to what my coach/manager tells me
    • Talk to someone I trust or the DSO if I am unhappy with anything at the club
    • Act in accordance with the Club’s zero tolerance to discrimination in all areas
  • You may be subject to any of the following actions if you do not follow this code of conduct
    • Be subject to a disciplinary action including a written warning or being asked to leave the academy
    • Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager
    • Be dropped or substituted
    • Be suspended from training
    • Your parent or carer will be informed of any issues you may have with this code of conduct

Report Times:

  • Players to report ready to train as instructed by Coach or other member of staff.
  • Players to report to games as specified by the Coach
  • All other timings will be specified by the Coach

Dress Code:

  • Players to report to training in NCFC kit
  • Baseball caps are not to be worn when wearing the academy kit
  • No jewellery (ear rings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, studs) to be worn during training or matches
  • Players will be advised of the dress code at any club functions

Training/Match Dress Code:

  • Shin pads to be worn always
  • Shirts tucked in


  • The Girls Academy expects politeness and good manners to be shown to everyone that players come into contact with at all times
  • Players are to respect the facilities at Meadow Lane and anywhere else they may play or train and ensure that they behave in a professional manner

Notts County Football Club Policy on Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Notts County Football Club will not tolerate bullying or cyber bullying in any form either ‘Direct or by ‘Proxy’.


Cyber bullying – When a player is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by another player  using the internet, social networking sites, interactive and digital technologies or mobile telephones.

Direct – When a message is sent directly.

Proxy – When a player uses others to help bully.


The Women and Girls Welfare Officer is Claire Burrows, her contact details are available to players and parents. You must report any concerns you have to the DSO or any member of staff.

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Update responsibility: Academy DSO

Date for revision: May 2020


The FA Respect Programme Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials

Season 2019-2020


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

In The FA’s survey of 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the game. This included the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour of over competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sideline.

On and off the field, I will:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match official’s decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
  • Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity
  • Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, safeguarding officials) for each player’s best interests.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, EFL or The FA:

  • Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer
  • Monitored by another club coach
  • Required to attend an FA education course
  • Suspended by the club from attending matches
  • Suspended or fined by the County FA
  • Required to leave or be sacked by the club

In addition:

  • My FACA (FA Coaches Association) membership may be withdrawn.

Play your part and observe The Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in everything you do.

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Reviewed 14 August 2019


NCWFC Code of Conduct for Spectators and Parents/Carers

Season 2019-20


We have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. Notts County Football Club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

Spectators and Parents/Carers should:

  • Be aware of the safety of players and other children at both Meadow Lane and our training grounds, report any issues that may impact their safety and security to a member of the Club immediately
  • Ensure that children who are not playing/training are supervised at all times as we cannot be responsible for any injury to them
  • Collect players from the gates at the side of the training pitch, coaches will not let them go in to the car park alone
  • Respect the match officials, coaches and other club official’s decisions
  • Avoid criticism of players
  • The club has a zero tolerance to discrimination, harassment and bullying and report any incidents of this immediately
  • Be aware of the safeguarding policy and key contacts and report any safeguarding or welfare issues you may become aware of. There is nothing too small to report and we will always review any information you provide.

You may be subject to any of the following actions if you do not follow this code of conduct:

  • Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
  • Obliged to leave the match venue by the club
  • Requested by the Club not to attend future games
  • Required to leave the club along with any dependants
  • Asked to take an FA course before being allowed to attend games again

The FA or Nottinghamshire FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club.

Version four

Update responsibility: Academy DSO

Date for revision: May 2020