Coaches, Managers & Volunteers Code of Conduct

Every participant in our sport has a role to play in ensuring that the game is free from all forms of bullying and abuse, and that it is played in a competitive and fair manner. 

All participants in our game have a responsibility to promote respect and good behaviour. As leaders, Coaches, Team Managers & Volunteers must demonstrate the behaviour that they expect their players and spectators to follow.


  • I will place the health, safety and welfare of participants above all else.

  • I will remember that players participate for enjoyment and winning is only part of the fun. 
  • I will never ridicule or yell at a youth player for making a mistake or not winning. 
  • I will display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport including all players, match officials, coaches, club officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. I will encourage players to do the same.
  • I will be reasonable in my demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. 
  • I will operate within the laws and spirit of the game, and teach the players to do the same. 
  • Help each individual (player, official, etc.) reach their potential - respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage with appropriate, positive and supportive feedback.
  • I will ensure that the time players spend with me is a positive experience.  
  • Follow the advice of a physician, or listen to your player, when determining the extent of a player’s injury and their return from injury to training and game scenarios.
  • I will not use offensive language around youth players. 
  • Remember the actions of yourself and your team are reflective of the perception others take away with them and that you are representing the Football Club.
  • I will not harass players, match officials, coaches or spectators. 
  • Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players.
  • I will not participate in public arguments with players, coaches, parents, or spectators. 
  • I understand that any abuse of match officials is not acceptable or permitted behaviour. 
  • I will not argue with or approach a match official during or after a match. 
  • Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • I will not smoke, drink alcohol, take illicit drugs at matches and training, or arrive at the field intoxicated or under the influence of illicit drugs. 
  • I will obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players. 
  • I will fulfil the Football NSW and/or Football Australia mandatory Child Protection requirements. 

I will not engage in social media, forums or blogs to comment on the Club, NSFA or opposition clubs (including teams, players, coaches, match officials, club officials, parents or spectators). 

I agree to abide by this code of conduct and to be subject to the rules and policies of the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) and Berowra Football Club. 

If I breach the above code of conduct, I understand that Berowra Football Club may impose a sanction which could range from a written warning to immediate player de-registration. 

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