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Equality Opportunities

The Club will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably
on grounds of; sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin and colour, religion or disability.

This includes:

  • The advertisement for volunteers
  • The selection of candidates for volunteers,
  • Courses
  • External coaching and eductaion activities and awards,
  • Football development activities,
  • Selection for Teams
  • Appointments to honorary positions.

BYSA will not tolerate any kind of foul, abusive, racist remarks or any other discriminatory behaviour, regarding sexual orination, colour or religion, whether physical or verbal. The Club will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

All managers, assistants, players and parents are committed to the ongoing training awareness to promote the eradication of discrimination within the organisation and within football as a whole.

The requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality are the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Decimation Act 1986 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club Policy, any member offending will be dealt with under the Clubs disciplinary procedures.

The Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the organisation. We believe football belongs to, and should be, enjoyed by everyone equally.

In the event that anyone should have a complaint or feel that they have suffered discrimination, or believe the Club has not followed the Code of Conduct or Policies, please contact the Club Secretary with details of the following:

  • What happened
  • When and Where the occurrence took place
  • Any witness statements and names
  • Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way
  • Details of any former complaints made about the incident, including the date and to whom it was made to
  • A preference for the solution to the incident.

Venues and Equipment

Staff members will check:

  • Area is safe
  • There are no obstacles on the field of play
  • Goal posts are within FA safety guidelines
  • All equipment is safety checked e.g. footballs have no splits
  • All players have shin pads and boots are fully studded
  • Changing rooms are checked for safety.

First Aid

  • The Club ensures there is a qualified first aider with all teams
  • All teams have a suitable first aid kit
  • All teams have a mobile phone with them
  • All managers have a list of any known children’s illnesses
  • The Club Secretary knows if the teams are playing, ‘home’ or ‘away’.

Health and Safety

To support our Health and Safety policy statement we are committed to the following duties:

  • Undertake regular, recorded risk assessment of the club grounds and all activities undertaken by the club.This includes the inspection of the field of play prior to any fixture or training session. With a decision on the fitness, safety of the playing and training area taken by the manager.
  • Ensure that all players are given the appropriate level of training with appropriate levels of supervision.
  • Ensure that normal operating procedures and emergency operating procedures are in place and known by all managers and club officials
  • Provide access to adequate first aid facilities, telephone and qualified first aider at all times
  • Report any injuries or accidents sustained during any club activity or whilst on the club premises
  • Ensure that the implementation of the policy is reviewed regularly and monitored for effectiveness.
  • Annual risk assessments of goal posts.
  • Annual inspection of all auxiliary equipment i.e. nets, corner flags.

All players, Managers and Assistant Managers are committed to the following:

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, plus that of others who may be affected by what you do or not do
  • Co-operate with the Club on health + safety issues
  • Correct use of all equipment provided by the Club
  • Do not interfere with, or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.

Code of Conduct for Players

Players Code is to:

  • make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities in terms of skills techniques, tactics and stamina.
  • give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if the team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
  • set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  • always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect if it, including others involved in the game.
  • do not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards ones own team

A player should:

  • make every effort consistent with fair play and the laws of the game to help their own team win.
  • resist any influence which might, or might be seen to bring into question their commitment to the team winning.

Law and rules of the game

  • A player should know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game and the competition rules
  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat equally.
  • resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Rules set by The Football Association

  • Players must be 6 years of age on or before 31st August
  • Players in Teams Under 7s and Under 8s cannot play for points
  • To play more than seven per side, the player must be 10 years old on or after 31st August.

Club Rules

The Club shall have the status of an Affiliated Members Club of The Football Association by virtue of its affiliation to The Birmingham Football Association and any League or Competition to which the Club is affiliated for the time being shall be deemed to be incorporated into the Club Rules.

No alteration to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Birmingham County FA.

The Club will also abide by The Football Associations Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and
Anti-Discrimination Policy.

It is the responsibility of each team manager to confirm match times, referees, match results and to post off their match sheets.

Any correspondence either verbally or written which are not part of the manager responsibility must first be notified to the Club Secretary who will then deal with them appropriately.

All equipment and Home Kits remain the property of BYSA. Away Kits which have been purchased through sponsorship or fund raising using the Pinley FC name remain the property of BYSA.

The Club will provide a Home Kit for all teams playing for BYSA Club. BYSA Club will also provide appropriate insurance for players and officials. It is the managers responsibility to ensure all kits both Home and Away and equipment are returned to the club if the team decides not to continue anytime.

Teams are only permitted to play in red and black for home games other colours are not allowed for home games. Other colours for away games must first be confirmed with the Management Committee.

Teams must have a complete first aid kit available at matches and training, which will be provided by the Club. Re stocking of this can be done at the managers meeting or by contacting the Club Secretary to make arrangements.

Injured players may be treated with water spray bottles and antiseptic wipes by a first aider. No antiseptic creams or bucket and sponges can be used. Plasters may be issued to a player but not administered.

Each team will be permitted 1 stand down per season. Providing 4 weeks prior notice is given to the Club Secretary. No other cancellation other than adverse weather conditions or the ground being unfit will be permitted

Managers receiving fines for misconduct will be responsible for paying for this within 14 days to the Treasurer. Any player or parent receiving a fine for misconduct will be responsible to pay this to the manager within 14 days.

It is the managers responsibility to collect subscriptions from the players and hand them to the Club Treasurer on a monthly basis at the managers meeting. With the appropriate expenses sheet.

Any sponsors should be forwarded to the Forum Events Co-ordinator and this will then be discussed at a club meeting to make sure they are appropriate no advertising of drugs, alcohol or gambling (e.g. pubs, clubs and betting shops)

Welfare Policy

BYSA take responsibility for Child Protection seriously.
We have clear policy guidelines for anyone working at our Club.

The Club has a Child Welfare Officer who is involved in the safeguard and good practice of football for the children.This person ensures all members of our Club are CRB checked and attend policy courses.

The childs welfare is and must be the paramount consideration.

All children and young people have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.

All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

The child shall have a Child Protection Officer to be appointed at the first meeting following the AGM.

The Clubs Child Protection Officer shall make every effort to make him/her available for any service training where appropriately.

In all cases this Club will follow the FA Child Protection Procedures and Policies. All Club members must attend the FA Child Protection and Best Practice Course.