Player and Club Welfare

What is it?

The player and club welfare is about the responsibility for ensuring a safe environment for players, staff and visitors at the club.

Why is it important?

The club has a duty of care to the children and adults that are involved in the club and their well being and safety is paramount.

What does it look like?

Those working in the core activity of Player and club welfare should:

  • Maintain and adhere to the RFL safeguarding policy
  • Be the point of contact for staff, volunteers, parents, children and young people where concerns about children’s welfare, poor practice or child abuse are identified.
  • Implement and adhere to the RFL Equity and Ethics policy
  • Promote the RFL best practice guidelines within the club (RESPECT)
  • Promote anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Be aware of H&S issues at the club site and bring them to the attention of the management.
  • Ensure that there are holders of the standard certificate of first aid issued to people working as ‘First Aiders’ under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 on site as required.

What skills are needed?

  • Influencing skills
  • Good confident communicator
  • Good listener
  • Ability to deal with difficult matters in a confidential manner
  • Good at planning and organising own time and that of others
  • Have a positive attitude, with a flexible and adaptable approach to work

As you grow think about including more activities such as:

  • Identifying areas of concern or need with players (for example around nutrition) and provide external speakers and support and guidance.
  • Liaising with schools, FE and HE professionals to identify educational pathways for players
  • Developing within the club an environment that supports and encourages learning and development opportunities for the players
  • Ensuring updated welfare and regulatory issues are communicated to players, support staff and relevant administrative staff, e.g. anti discrimination laws, anti racism, anti-doping, anti corruption codes and testing procedures, etc.
  • Documenting for the club’s management all player and club welfare activities undertaken.

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