Ballynahinch Youth Membership

We’re delighted you want to join. Complete our form to sign up to be a member of our cross-community club.

You must read our Safeguarding Policy and Codes of Conduct.

We’d like to welcome you and your child to the club and provide you with some information about our activities. Ballynahinch Youth provides opportunities for young people from the age of 4 years+ to receive coaching and competition in football. All coaching is by qualified coaches and they have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

Travel

You should make arrangements for your child to travel to and from training sessions and matches. Children should arrive promptly and be collected promptly at the end of a session.

If you are going to be late picking your child up, please contact Jim Majury on 077490 54422 and let him know.

Fees

Membership fees

  • 1 Child – £35 Membership
  • 2 Children – £65 Membership
  • 3+ Children – £90 Membership

Training fees

Training fees will be paid monthly by direct debit through Teamfeepay. You will receive an email invitation to join Teamfeepay after your child has been registered. You must accept this invitation and add your card details. Payments will be taken on the 5th of each month (there will be no charges or late fees for missed payments). Where there are 3 children at the Club the third child’s training fees will be half price.

Training kits

We have a designated dress code and all members are expected to purchase Club training kit. The kit is compulsory and you can be buy the it through the Club.

This includes a:

  • Rain Jacket
  • Training Pack

The Training Pack includes a Blue Training T-shirt, Black shorts and Black socks however you can also buy these items individually.

For a new member, you can spread the cost of membership and training kit over an agreed period, if necessary. Please contact the Club Secretary Jim Majury at training or on 077490 54422 for more information.

Health and safety

For the safety of your child it is important that we know about any medical conditions or allergies that may be relevant should your child fall ill or be involved in an accident while at the Club.

You can talk to someone at the Club about this information or about your child’s involvement with the Club, please contact Club Secretary Jim Majury on 077490 54422.

Terms and Conditions

Safeguarding Policy

Ballynahinch Youth Football Club would like to make you aware that we have developed a Safeguarding policy and we are committed to ensuring the safety of every player by having:

  • A Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Clear Recruitment policy which includes vetting all coaches and volunteers
  • A Transport Policy
  • A Photography Policy
  • An Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • A designated person for Child Protection
  • Mental Health Policy
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment

You can request any of these policies by emailing ballynahinchyouthfootballclub@gmail.com

Photography and Filming Consent

In accordance with our child protection policy we will not permit photographs, video or other images of young people to be taken without the consent of the parents/carers and the player. Ballynahinch Youth Football Club will follow the Club Photography and Filming Policy Guidelines, a copy of which is available from the Club Secretary. Ballynahinch Youth Football Club will take all steps to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes they are intended. If you become aware that these images are being used inappropriately you should inform the Club Child Welfare Officer immediately.

Code of Conduct for Youth Players

As a member of Ballynahinch Youth Football Club, you are expected to abide by the following code of
practice:

Players are expected to:

  1. Be loyal and give their team mates a second chance.
  2. Be friendly and particularly welcoming to new members.
  3. Be supportive and committed to other team mates, offer comfort when required.
  4. Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not want to do.
  5. Be responsible for their own kit and wear appropriate footwear/shin pads.
  6. Bring their own water bottle/fluid.
  7. Keep within the defined boundary of the playing/coaching area.
  8. Behave and listen to all instructions from the coach/volunteers.
  9. Take care of equipment owned by the club.
  10.  Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references.
  11. Refrain from bullying or persistent use of rough and dangerous play.
  12. Show respect to other players, staff/coaches/volunteers and parents/guardians.
  13. Report inappropriate behaviour.
  14. Play fairly and be gracious in defeat.
  15. Respect officials and accept decisions.
  16. Respect opponents and not cheat.
  17. Not use violence
  18. Arrive on time and be collected on time.

Players have the right to:

  1. Be safe and happy in football.
  2. Be listened to.
  3. Be respected and treated fairly.
  4. Privacy.
  5. Enjoy football in a protective environment.
  6. Be referred to professional help if needed.
  7. Be protected from inappropriate behaviour/abuse  by other club/centre members or outside sources.
  8. Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability.
  9. Experience competition and the desire to win.
  10.  Be believed when asking for help.

Any breach of the Code of Conduct for Players will be addressed by the immediate coach/volunteer and
reported verbally and in writing to the designated Child Welfare Officer. If a player continues to breach the
Code of Conduct after an initial verbal warning from the immediate coach/volunteer, the following
disciplinary action should take place:

1st Official Warning

Reported to player and parent or guardian verbally and in writing.

  • 2 week suspension.

2nd Official Warning (final)

Reported to player and parent or guardian verbally and in writing.

  • Minimum 6 month suspension. In extreme cases expulsion will be permanent.

If players or parents/guardians wish to appeal any of the committee’s decisions they must do so in writing,
by special delivery letter, within 7 days of receiving official notification.

The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding on all parties concerned and there should be no further appeals from it.

Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians

Parents  and guardians are expected to:

  1. Positively reinforce their child and show an interest in their football. Support their child's involvement and help them to enjoy football.
  2. Not place their child under pressure or push them into activities they do not want to do.
  3. Complete and return the Registration/Consent Form pertaining to their child's participation.
  4. Deliver and collect their child punctually to and from coaching sessions/matches/events.
  5. Ensure their child is properly and adequately attired for the weather conditions.
  6. Ensure that proper footwear and protective equipment are worm at ALL times. Any child/young person not in possession of fundamental requirements should not be permitted to participate.
  7. Detail any health concerns pertaining to the child on the consent form, in particular breathing or chest
    conditions. Any changes in the state of the child's health should be reported to the coach prior to coaching sessions.
  8. Inform the coach if their child has been ill or hurt recently.
  9. Inform the coach prior to departure from the field of play if the child is to be collected early from a coaching session/match/event.
  10. Encourage their child to play by the rules and teach them that they can only do their best.
  11. Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  12. Acknowledge the importance and role of the club coaches who provide their free time to ensure children's participation in the club.
  13. Show appreciation and support the coach.
  14. Be realistic.
  15. Ensure their child’s hygiene and nutritional needs are met.
  16. Accept the referee/game supervisor’s judgement.
  17. Behave responsibly on the sidelines; do not embarrass your child.
  18. Encourage children to show respect.
  19. Promote their child’s participation in playing football for FUN.

Parents and Guardians have the right to:

  1. Know their child is safe.
  2. Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their children.
  3. Be informed if their child is injured.
  4. Have their consent sought for issues such as trips.
  5. Contribute to decisions within the club.
  6. Speak to the Chairperson and voice their concerns about the standard of coaching.

Parents and Guardians Behaviour on Match day:

  1. Parents should remind themselves that what their football playing children need from them is unconditional support and encouragement. NOT advice and criticism. Please leave the coaching to the coaches.
  2. Parents should refrain from shouting instructions during games. It is confusing to a child to have many adults yelling different things to them. Coaching should be left to the coaches.
  3. Focus on encouragement. Making mistakes is part of learning. Recognise what your child is trying to do,
    not the end result. Be aware that along with instruction children need freedom to think for themselves if they are to grow as football players.
  4. Don't be critical of your child's team mates. If your child hears you being critical, it will make your child
    more critical of other team mates. Focus on supporting and helping your child progress above all else.
  5. Parents should never express concerns about how the game is being played to parents or players from
    opposing teams. Concerns or questions about opponents should be handled between coaches.
  6. Parents should stay in the designated area. Please do not roam up and down the side line.
  7. The sounds heard from parents on the side line should be that of cheers and
    encouragement/compliments of good play.

Any misdemeanours and breach of this code of conduct will be dealt with immediately by the club.

Persistent concerns or breaches will result in the parent/guardian being asked not to attend the club or any club events if their attendance is detrimental to the child’s/young person’s welfare. The ultimate action should a parent/guardian continue to breach the code of behaviour may mean the Chairperson regrettably asking the child/young person to leave the club.

FIFA Code of Conduct

Along with the Ballynahinch Youth Football Club Code of Conduct for Players, Parents/Guardians and
Coaches/Volunteer will be following the FIFA Code of Conduct also.

FIFA’s Code of Conduct encapsulates all the sporting, moral, and ethical principles for which FIFA has
always stood and for which it will continue to fight in the future, regardless of the influences and pressures
may be brought to bear. The ten golden rules not only serve as a credo for FIFA as the world football body,
but they also reinforce the sense of loyalty and cooperation among the members of the worldwide football family.

Play to Win

Winning is the object of playing any game. Never set out to lose. If you do not play to win, you are cheating
your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself. Never give up against stronger opponents, but never relent against weaker ones. It is an insult to any opponent to play at less than full strength. Play to win, until the final whistle.

Play Fair

Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no
pleasure. Playing fair requires courage and character. It is also more satisfying.

Fair play always has its reward, even when the game is lost. Playing fair earns you respect, while cheats are
detested. Remember: It’s only a game. And games are pointless unless played fairly.

Observe the Laws of the Game

All games need rules to guide them. Without rules, there would be chaos. The rules of soccer are simple and
easy to learn. Make an effort to learn them, so you understand the game better.

This makes you a better player. It is just as important to understand the spirit of the rules. They are designed
to make the game fun to play and fun to watch. By sticking to the rules, you will enjoy the game more.

Respect opponents, teammates, referees, officials and spectators

Fair play means respect. Without opponents there can be no game. They have the same rights that you have,
including the right to be respected. Your teammates are your colleagues. You form a team in which all members are equal. Referees are there to maintain discipline and fair play. Always accept their decisions without arguing, and help them to help you enjoy the game more. Officials are also part of the game and must be respected accordingly. Spectators give the game atmosphere. They want to see the game played fairly, but must also behave fairly themselves.

Accept Defeat with Dignity

Nobody wins all the time. You win some, you lose some. Learn to lose graciously. Don’t seek excuses for defeat. Genuine reasons will always be self-evident. Congratulate the winners with good grace. Don’t blame the referee or anyone else. Determine to do better next time. Good losers earn more respect than bad winners.

Promote the Interests of Football

Football is the world’s greatest game. But it always needs your help to keep it as number one. Think of football’s interests before your own. Think how your actions may affect the image of the game. Talk about the positive things in the game. Encourage other people to watch it or play it fairly. Help people have as much fun from football as you do. Be an ambassador for the game.

Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence and other Dangers to our Sport

Football’s huge popularity sometimes makes it vulnerable to negative outside interests. Watch out for attempts to tempt you into cheating or using drugs. Drugs have no place in football or any other sport in our society. Say No to Drugs. Help Kick Racism out of soccer. Treat all players and everyone else equally, regardless of their skin colour or origin. Show that football does not want violence, even from your own fans. Football is Sport, and Sport is Peace.

Help others to resist corrupting pressures

You may hear that teammates or other people you know are being tempted to cheat in some way. They need your help. Don’t hesitate to stand by them. Give them the strength to resist. Remind them of their commitment to their teammates and to the game itself. Form a block of solidarity, like a solid defense on the field of play.

Denounce those who attempt to discredit our Sport

Don’t be afraid to show up anybody who you are sure is trying to make others cheat. It’s better to expose
them and have them removed before they can do any damage. It often takes more courage to denounce what
is wrong, than to just go along with a dishonest plan. Your honesty will be admired but your complicity will not. Don’t just say “No”. Denounce the culprits who are trying to spoil our sport before they can persuade somebody else to say “Yes.”

Honour those who defend Football's good reputation

The good name of football has survived because the vast majority of people who love the game are honest and fair. Sometimes somebody does something exceptional that deserves our special recognition. They should be honoured and their fine example made public. This encourages others to act in the same way. Help promote football’s image by publicizing its good deeds.

Zero Tolerance Behaviour Policy

Ballynahinch Youth FC acknowledges that every child, young person or adult who plays or participates in
football should be able to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment.

Ballynahinch Youth FC acknowledges that all of the above should be protected from poor practice and from
all forms of abuse. Including Physical, Emotional and Sexual abuse.

Ballynahinch Youth FC will not tolerate any form of inappropriate language or threatening behaviour from
parents, guests, spectators, visitors, officials or club members on match sidelines, training sessions, club
outings or anywhere that the parents, guests, spectators, visitors, officials or club members are representing
the club or wearing club apparel, particularly that which is aimed towards officials and participating children.

Ballynahinch Youth FC reserves the right to ask any individual demonstrating actions deemed to conflict
with this policy to move away from the match sidelines and, if necessary, to leave club premises.

Privacy Policy

This policy explains how Ballynahinch Youth (including Ballynahinch Ladies) will process the personal information that you provide to us. We are obliged to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Ballynahinch Youth take your privacy seriously and we are committed to processing your personal information in a fair, transparent and lawful way.

The information that you are asked to provide will vary depending on the reason for the data collection. At the point where we collect your personal information we will provide you with the defined purpose as to why we are collecting it and how and what we will be using your personal information for.

We are obliged to processing your information in a lawful way. Personal information you submit may be shared with
third parties in association with the regulations of participating in the playing of football. We share information with the Irish Football Association, Northern Ireland Boys Football Association, South Belfast Invitational Youth Football League and other tournament/competition organisers where we enter tournaments/competitions. In addition we use third party supplier Teamfeepay for the collection of monthly payments.

We will keep relevant to the purpose which we require the information and limit the information we request and hold.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. If we believe unauthorised persons have viewed or accessed your personal information and in doing so impacted your rights to data protection then we will notify you as soon as is reasonably practical.

Personal information supplied to us will be retained for no longer than is necessary to perform the operation for which you have agreed to the submission of the information. You have the right to access the information we hold about you.

You may do this by writing to us at The Chairperson, Ballynahinch Youth FC, c/o 7 Kinedale Park, Ballynahinch BT24 8YS.