Code of Conduct for Coaches, Volunteers and Officials

Gemstones Gymnastics Club takes its responsibility for the welfare of all participants very seriously and has high expectations of all its members and coaches in this respect.


The Code of Conduct for Coaches, Volunteers and Officials is designed to support the club’s child protection policies. It works in conjunction with the club procedures and British Gymnastics coaching guidelines. It is exists to promote a safe and enjoyable gymnastics experience for the members of Gemstones Gymnastics Club.


All coaches, volunteers and officials must:


  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.

  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers based on mutual trust and respect.

  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications, CRB checks and insurance cover.

  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part and ensure all participants are suitable prepared physical and mentally when learning new skills.

  • Show high standards of behaviour and appearance, dressing in suitable coaching attire and using appropriate language at all times whilst involved with club activities.

  • Never consume alcohol or smoke during or before any sessions or events.

  • Never condone rule violations or use of prohibited substances.

  • Obtain prior agreement from the parent/guardian of gymnasts before transporting them anywhere (training/competition).

  • Never have gymnasts stay overnight at your home.

  • Never exert undue influence over gymnasts to obtain personal benefit or reward.

  • Always report any incidents, referrals or disclosures immediately, following the appropriate guidelines, but keeping in mind that all issues must be dealt with as sensitively as possible.

  • Make sure that confidential information is not divulged unless with the express approval of the individual concerned.

  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (eg fair play and sportsmanship).

  • Encourage gymnasts to value their performances and not just results.

  • Communicate with young people through the young person’s parent/guardian, rather than directly ie texting/social media.

  • Not add gymnasts to social networking sites such as Facebook, bebo etc and vice versa (as stated in the BG safe guarding and protecting children policy).

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early to a session to allow sufficient time to set up and prepare.

  • Put away mobile phones which must not be used in the gym. In the event of an emergency a mobile phone will be located with the Head Coach or the Club Secretary (please see Club's Emergency Procedures).

  • Remove all jewellery while carrying out a spotting or gymnast supporting role.

  • Not undermine or contradict another coach, or their coaching techniques, in front of the gymnasts. If there is an issue it should be discussed with the Head Coach directly.

  • Always promote Gemstones Gymnastics Club and not speak negatively about the Club to anyone else within the gymnastics field. Any issues should be discussed with the Head Coach directly.

  • Work as a team aiming to maintain the general 'style' of gymnastics coached at Gemstones.

  • Follow all Club and Training Rules laid down by British gymnastics and Gemstones Gymnastics Club. Failure to do so will mean that person is no longer a member of the Club and will be required to leave.


Gemstones Gymnastics Club believes that the welfare of everyone is paramount and we endeavour to respect all our members regardless of age, sex, ethnic background, religion or ability.


Gemstones Gymnastics Club adopts the British Gymnastics recommendations in the recruitment of all employees/volunteers. All employees and volunteers have to be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.


The Club will hold all records and qualifications of all employees and make sure these are continually updated.