Administrators play a vital role in sport, particularly to reduce the potential for things to go wrong. Here, you can access resources to help you manage risks in your sport.
Coaches and officials are what make sport tick. They play a crucial role in helping keep sport safe, fair and inclusive. Here are a number of tools and resources to help you do just that.
If you are a player then you can make a huge contribution to making sport safe, fair and inclusive. Your behaviour influences others, not only your team mates, but everyone involved in sport.
As a parent you should be aware of your clubs responsibilities. At the same time you also have responsibilities and you can play a huge role in creating a safe environment for your child.
It’s very difficult to provide any type of formal definition of what integrity in sport is. The fact is that it means different things to different people. The National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) defines integrity as:
Most discussions around integrity issues includes words like honesty, trust, values, ethics, morals, beliefs, respect and fairness. You can see many of these words in the NISU definition.
In a high performance sense integrity often refers to issues around the use of supplements and performance enhancing substances, match-fixing or doping issues. However, integrity issues are not restricted to high performance sport.
Even those traditionally high performance issues such as supplements, doping and match-fixing are increasingly being seen to impact at a grassroots level of sport. This is on top of a myriad of issues that impact on how fair and safe sport is. One thing is for sure, for sport to remain safe, fair and inclusive, people and organisations need to have integrity.
Many of the issues that impact integrity at a grassroots level, such as bullying and sideline behaviour, are covered elsewhere in this website. So, here we will focus on three emerging integrity issues at a grassroots level – the use of supplements and image enhancing substances, doping and match-fixing. It’s important, at the very least, to be informed about these issues and have some strategies you can use to maintain the integrity of sport at all levels.
Return to Integrity in Sport page to see what you can do.