Rowing code of conduct


Code of Conduct for Pupil Rowers

This Code of Conduct  is based on the British Rowing Code of Conduct Welfare Guidance (version 1.4, approved 2010).  Pupils should also be aware that the School rules, the School code of conduct and School Policies apply when participating in the rowing programme. Pupils will be ambassadors of the School both on the river Cam and at rowing events and the same standards of courtesy and behaviour will apply.

At all times, when practicing, training or competing at Cambridge City Rowing Club (‘the Club’), competitions and events, pupil rowers should:

  • Follow the rules and procedures of the Club and adhere to the British Rowing rules and guidelines. Where there are specific rules and guidelines that pupils need to be aware of, these will be highlighted
  • Understand and act in accordance with the rules, regulations and guidelines of the competition or event that is being attended and follow the directions of marshals, umpires and officials and accept the decisions of officials of the event
  • Not take sports supplements or banned substances
  • Act in a professional way
  • Treat club members, other pupils, club officials, coaches, other water users and event organisers with respect
    • Avoid swearing or shouting at others
    • Not threaten others nor engage in acts of verbal or physical abuse or other types of abuse
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of other participants, and not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, marital status, occupation or political opinion
    • Avoid inappropriate relationships with their coaches.
  • Keep to agreed timings and scheduled outings, or inform the relevant person if they are going to be late or are not able to participate in training
  • Keep up-to-date with race and membership fees as well as paying for any social event attended
  • Train at a level appropriate to your crew, as prescribed by the coach and captains
  • Ensure that you are focused, alert and ready for every outing
  • Contribute to the maintenance, cleaning, logistics, coaching and running events of all sizes
  • Report broken equipment to your coach and, where possible, make the repair
  • Report any accidents or incidents that occur to your coach
  • Report any safeguarding, welfare or child protection concerns to either the coach or the School’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (Miss Fleming or Mr O’ Reilly)


Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians

This Code of Conduct is based on the British Rowing Code of Conduct Welfare Guidance (version 1.4, approved 2010). 

Parents and Guardians should recognise the rights of their children and encourage long term participation in rowing

  • Ensure that their children have fun when practicing, training and competing in rowing and ensure that the level and type of participation is appropriate to their child’s stage of development
  • Not over emphasise winning and avoid placing undue pressure on their children to help promote long term participation of children in the sport
  • Listen to, respect and take into account children’s views about participation, and recognize their right to determine their participation
  • Encourage their children to take responsibility for their own actions, performance and behaviour
  • Not allow their children to compete when ill or injured and inform the rowing coordinator of illness or injury

Parents and Guardians should support their child’s involvement in training, events and competitions

  • Encourage their child’s effort
  • Be willing to become a member of the Cambridge City Rowing Club(‘the Club’)
  • Be aware of the pupils rowing code of conduct
  • Be aware of the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be found on the School website.
  • Be aware of the Club, competition or event’s policies and procedures to ensure the safety of children and others
  • Provide consent for their child to participate in training, competition and events
  • Provide up to date contact information and emergency contact numbers
  • Inform the coach of individual needs of the child that may affect their participation, including up to date medical conditions or illness
  • Discuss the requirements of the sport and the nature and duration of the coaching relationship with coaches, at an agreed time and place.
  • Provide their children with equipment to suit the conditions, i.e. clothing suitable for cold/warm weather, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • Receive information from the coach about the schedule of the programme of training and the rationale behind the activities
  • Make arrangements to collect their child promptly at the end of sessions at the agreed time

Parents and Guardians should be a good role model at competitions and events.

  • Encourage their child to accept all individuals and not to discriminate on the basis of their ability, gender, race, disability, religion, age etc.
  • Act in a professional way when supporting and spectating
  • Use correct language at all times and avoid inappropriate or offensive language
  • Be encouraging towards their children and others
  • Accept that errors are an important part of learning and not condemn children for making them
  • Respect officials of the club, event or competition and other participants, supporters and parents
  • Respect the decisions of officials and coaches
  • Avoid swearing at, yelling at, or chastising children, officials, coaches, or others
  • Raise any concerns they have about a child or coach, or their behaviour, as soon as possible with the appropriate designated person at the club or event
  • Encourage children to follow the rules of events and competitions and to adhere to British Rowing guidelines
  • Not coach their children at training and competition, unless engaged in recognised coaching responsibilities
  • Avoid smoking and drinking irresponsibly whilst supporting