J L Tennis Academy aims to create an enjoyable environment for all juniors who wish to take part in tennis or other sport and social activities at the club.
We believe that children and young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.
We believe that young people have the right to be treated with respect, and to have their concerns listened to and acted upon. We will ensure that the club provides for the needs of junior members through specific programmes, designated facilities, and safe practice.
We will take steps to ensure that any club volunteers or professionals working with children are suitable to do so, through the use of references and background checks. We will ensure that all relevant people have been vetted and approved through the LTA’s Criminal Record Bureau disclosure process. We will ensure that all of those working with children are made aware of the LTA code of conduct for people working with children in tennis, and are required to follow it.
LTA Code of Conduct: Those working with children in tennis should:
1. Be professional and maintain the highest standards of personal behaviour at all times.
2. Recognise the trust placed in adults by children, and recognise the power held over children by adults. Treat this trust and this power with the highest responsibility.
3. Try to work in an open and accountable manner at all times. Work in view of others wherever possible, be wary of working alone and unobserved, and be willing to accept questions or criticism regarding good practice.
4. Expect others to work in an open and accountable manner. Question and criticise the practice of others if necessary.
5. Maintain a professional relationship with children. Any form of sexual relationship or activity with a child is unacceptable and could lead to disciplinary or legal action.
6. Not be under the influence of drink, drugs or any illegal substance.
7. Use appropriate and respectful forms of discipline and communication. Physical aggression, intimidation, verbal abuse and persistent shouting are not acceptable. Any form of assault (e.g. hitting, kicking, pinching, slapping) should be regarded as a serious incident.
8. Use appropriate language. Don’t swear, and never make sexual or suggestive comments to a child. If a child makes such comments, be prepared to enforce these boundaries in your response.
9. Not appear to favour one child or show interest in one child more than another.
10. Not discriminate against a child because of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity.
11. Use physical contact with players only where necessary. If contact is necessary, (e.g. for the purposes of coaching or first-aid), then explain to the child what the contact is for, and change your approach if he or she appears uncomfortable.
12. Design and use training methods and training programmes that are appropriate to the individual child.
13. Be aware of situations that could be misunderstood or manipulated by other adults. For example, if a coach or official is alone with a child in a clubhouse, changing room or car, he or she may be vulnerable to allegations of misconduct.
14. Be vigilant and aware of how actions can be misinterpreted by children. Actions made with good intentions can seem intrusive or intimidating to some children. Sometimes children become attracted to the adults working with them. Adults should be aware of the impact of their actions, and should sensitively address any misunderstanding.
Photography and Recorded Images Guidelines.
Through the use of a Consent Form, ask for the permission of young athletes and their carers to take and use their image. If an athlete is named, avoid using their photograph. If a photograph is used, avoid naming the athlete.
NEVER publish personal details (email addresses, telephone numbers, addresses etc) of a child/young person.
Only authorise the use of images of players in suitable dress (Tracksuit, on court clothing i.e. T-shirt/shorts/skirt, off track clothing).
Use of Photographic Filming Equipment at Sport Events:
I Jason Liasides will:
Photography Consent for Edward Alleyn Tennis Club / J L Tennis Academy
For use of Photographs, Film or Video Recordings of Children or Adults
We at Edward Alleyn Tennis Club are committed to the protection of children and adults involved in sport.
In accordance with standard Child and Adults Protection Policy and Procedures we will not permit photographs, film, video or other images of children (under the age of 18) or adults to be taken or used without the consent of the child/adult and where appropriate their parents/guardians or carers.
We at Edward Alleyn Tennis Club will take all reasonable measures to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes for which they are intended. If you become aware these images are being used inappropriately you should inform Jason Liasides immediately.