Club Policy

Club’s Equity Policy

As the governing body of the game, The Irish Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. In line with this statement, Loughgall Youth Football Club is committed to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

Loughgall Youth F.C. is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. Equality of opportunity at Loughgall Youth F.C. means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

Loughgall Youth F.C. will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

Code of Practice for Players

Players should:

  • Play according to the laws and spirit of the game.
  • Play according to the laws and spirit of the game.
  • Be on time and be prepared for matches and training sessions.
  • Display self-control in all situations. Never use foul or abusive language – before, during or after a game or training session.
  • Train and play to the best of your ability, have a positive attitude, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Respect the opposition. Treat them as you would like them to treat you.
  • Respect the referee. Never dispute his or her decisions. They are only human and they make mistakes, just like you.
  • Turn up for training and matches in appropriate and clean clothing.
  • Wear the right sort of footwear (studded boots or trainers where required). Note: we recommend against the use of blades on health and safety grounds.
  • Always wear shin-guards during both matches and training sessions.
  • Register each week prior to training
  • Clean your own boots/trainers!

Code of Practice for Parents/Guardians

  • Be your child’s best fan and support him unconditionally.
  • When you take your child home after a match or training session, please be supportive and always focus on the positive aspects of his game.
  • Develop a responsibility in your child to pack his own kit, clean his boots and take a drinks bottle (full of water or squash only) to practice and games.
  • Respect the facilities at our opponents’ grounds.
  • Do not criticise your child’s coach to your child or other parents. If you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach (and please do as it will help the coach and the players he is coaching in the future).
  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can’t attend training etc. encourage him to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
  • Help your child to focus on the performance and not the result. Remember – winning is not as important as the performance.
  • Support all the players in your child’s squad. Do not criticise anyone. Remember children don’t mean to make mistakes.
  • Do not criticise the opponents, their parents or their officials.
  • Never audibly dispute a referee’s decision. They will make mistakes occasionally. We all do. If you abuse or shout at the referee you are breaking the rules of the game and risk generating a fine for the club or in some circumstances we could even be expelled from the League.
  • Parents/carers must not coach from the touchline during matches or training. Leave this to the manager/coach or you may cause confusion and erode your child’s confidence.
  • Parents/carers must not enter the field of play.