Fyrish Gymnastics Club – Code of Conduct

Fyrish Gymnastics Club is a member of Scottish Gymnastics – membership number C19114.

It abides by the Scottish Gymnastics Health, Safety and Welfare Policy for Coaches and Clubs. It recognises it has a duty of care towards its members and is committed to providing the appropriate support and guidance to its members to ensure these matters are addressed. The club believes it is important that all members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore members are encouraged to be open at all times and share concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the club Welfare Officer. As a member of Fyrish GC you are expected to abide by the following club codes of conduct:


Coaching staff undergo their training through Scottish Gymnastics UKCC scheme and hold valid coaching licenses. Our coaches hold the requisite Child Protection Certificate and hold valid PVG certificates which are renewed as recommended by Scottish Gymnastics.

Our Welfare Officer is Kirsty Bethune.


  • Gymnasts are requested to train in suitable gymnastics attire, i.e., leotard and shorts

  • Hair must be neatly tied up, out of the gymnast’s face

  • Gymnasts should keep to the agreed times for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late.

  • Gymnasts are required to change in the changing rooms provided.

  • Gymnasts are not allowed to wear any jewellery during training sessions or competitive events (this includes body rings / bars, nose studs or small stud ear-rings.

  • Gymnasts are required to look after their own floor CD, chalk & hand-guards, ensuring they are brought to each training session.

  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be switched off in the gym.

  • Gymnasts may be suspended from training or permanently expelled should it be known that they bully other gymnasts or swear during training.

  • Gymnasts must not leave the training area without the consent of their coach.

  • Gymnasts of all ages must be brought into and collected from the gym by a responsible adult.

  • Gymnasts must not arrive at or leave the gym without the presence of a responsible adult.

  • Gymnasts must never train in the absence of other gymnasts and must never work on gymnastics equipment in the absence of a qualified coach.

  • Gymnasts must not train if they are unfit to do so.

  • Members must inform their coach of any injury or illness they may have before the warm up begins.

  • Gymnasts should train barefoot unless there is medical reason. If there is a medical reason, this should be brought to the attention of the Coach in charge at the start of the class.

  • Gymnasts requiring the use of an inhaler must have it clearly marked with their name on it.

  • Fyrish Gymnastics Club cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. It is advisable for items of clothing to be labelled with the child’s name.


  • Coaches are expected to act in ‘loco parentis’ once a child is left in the care of coaches and act as ‘responsible sports coaches’.

  • The Coaches ‘loco parentis’ role commences at the start of the gymnastics class through to the end of the class, when gymnasts are discharged to the care of their parent(s).

  • Coaches should hold a valid and nationally recognised governing body coaching qualification and ensure that their coaching knowledge and practice are according to current best practice (unless they are in the role of Coach under Instruction).

  • Coaches must hold valid public liability insurance through Scottish Gymnastics.

  • Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of the performer above the development of performance. They should follow all guidelines set down by Scottish Gymnastics.

  • Coaches must encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

  • Coaches must ensure the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.

  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with performers exactly what is expected of them and what performers are entitled to expect of their coach.

  • Coaches should consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

  • Never consume alcohol immediately before or during training or events

  • Coaches should not wear jewellery in a training session or competitive event.

  • Coaches must never allow gymnasts to leave the training areas without a responsible adult.

  • Coaches must make themselves known to parents of new gymnasts to ensure that gymnasts only leave the training venue with a known face.

  • Coaches are to provide a ‘safe’ training environment for all gymnasts.

  • Coaches must check equipment before use.

  • A qualified First Aider (usually a coach) must always be on site.

  • Coaches must never give a gymnast a lift home unless another gymnast or adult is present.

  • Coaches must never train in a one to one situation with gymnasts.

  • Coaches are to ensure that gymnasts are fit to train and are to not promote continued training for an injured gymnast.


  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and participate within them

  • Help your child to recognise good performance and not just results.

  • Set a good example by recognising good sportsmanship and applauding the good performances of all

  • Parents should bring their child/children into the gym and come into the gym to collect them at the end of the class.

  • Parents must ensure their child is fit to partake in gymnastics activity.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent to look after their child until the class commences, and then immediately following the end of the class.

  • Never force your child to take part in sport.

  • New parents should introduce themselves to the Coach in charge as this will ensure gymnasts only leave the gym with someone the coach recognises.

  • Parents are to ensure their child is appropriately dressed for their class.

  • Parents are expected to ensure payments of training fees, competition fees & annual insurance are paid on time.

  • Parents must ensure that all changes in contact details are brought to the attention of the Coach in charge of the class. Updates should be provided in writing.

  • Parents should speak with the Coach in Charge if they are concerned about any coaching/development matter.

  • Parents are invited to attend competitive events particularly when their child is participating.

  • At competitions, parents must register with the Competition organiser should they wish to take photographs or video record their own child whilst competing.

  • For health and safety reasons parents are not at any time allowed on the training floor or competition arena (except for Preschool classes).

  • While in the gymnasium every effort will be made to ensure the safety of all class members. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure their safety while in the changing rooms and entrance lobby.

  • It is parental responsibility in ensuring the safe entry and exit of their children from the gym sports hall to the facility and vice versa.

  • Parents/guardians are kindly requested to make sure that children do not bring items of value such as watches with them.