Participating in sport has many benefits: health, fitness, friendship and a sense of belonging. But these things don’t occur in a vacuum. Your club needs to provide a safe, fair and inclusive environment – on and off the field – and to ensure that you and your fellow players understand:
- expected standards of behaviour, e.g., your sport’s Member Protection Policy or codes of behaviour
- policies and guidelines that impact on participation (e.g., team selection)
- complaint processes and who to contact for assistance (e.g., Member Information Protection Officer).
As a player you can expect your club to manage the risks associated with your sport. Yet you are also responsible for displaying positive behaviours. Such behaviours include:
- treating people fairly and respectfully
- not harassing or bullying others
- recognising people’s physical boundaries
- maintaining appropriate relationships
- accepting people’s right to complain if they’re offended by your actions.
If you feel unsafe or believe you’ve been treated unfairly contact your sport’s Member Protection Information Officer
Kids Help Line is a free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.