Club Information : Junior Section Charter


Joining Tipton Harriers is an important step in a young persons Athletic career, therefore, when becoming a Junior member, the youngster and parent/guardians should be aware of the Club's objectives and the obligations for the person joining.

The club prides itself on promoting a supportive, family environment where young people feel welcomed and are encouraged to enjoy athletics. The club will help athletes improve their skills to meet their potential, irrespective of their ability level and will expect them to compete for the club if selected, or as individuals in the different competitions the club is involved in.

The club works very closely with England Athletics and the schools in and around Sandwell to develop athletics in the area.


On joining the club, members will be expected to:

  • abide by the club Charter
  • respect the coaching staff and helpers
  • listen & learn from the coaching staff and helpers
  • respect other club members & those from other clubs
  • strive to achieve individual potential
  • take pride in being a member of the club
  • attend training sessions regularly & take part in club events e.g. Track and Field, Cross Country, Sports hall, Road Relays and Open Games
  • show due regard to the safety of others and to oneself
  • show impeccable behaviour when representing the club and at training

Any sport can potentially be dangerous; therefore, the behaviour of our athletes is important both during training and competition.  The club prides itself on running the club in an open, friendly manner; however, if an athlete shows a lack of discipline e.g. unsafe behaviour, bullying, bad language, back chat to coaches or helpers etc, we try to correct the situation within the group immediately. A repeat of any similar behaviour will mean having a discussion with the parent/guardian and a further repeat of the bad behaviour will mean the athlete will be asked to leave the club.

This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society. The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.  The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.  All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.


The club is committed to: -

  • give basic instruction in all the Athletic disciplines where equipment, environment and safety allow
  • provide every member with the opportunity to participate in all forms of Athletic activity to enable them to reach their potential
  • ensure every member's contribution, irrespective of ability, will be valued
  • encourage all members to attain a general level of fitness
  • achieve success in Athletic competitions
  • provide a good social environment for youngsters
  • meet established standards of Athletic achievement


  • Co-operate with the Coaches/Helpers, Officials, fellow athletes and Opponents
  • Arrive for training and events in good time to prepare thoroughly
  • Turn up with appropriate kit for the activity
  • Play for fun and enjoyment, not just to please your parents and/or coach
  • Learn and participate by the rules
  • Do not argue with the officials and/or coach, use your energies for performing
  • Recognize and applaud all good performances
  • Be a good sport, win modestly, lose with dignity
  • Respect other people, treat them as you would wish to be treated
  • Think about improving your skills after training and competition
  • Inform the coach of any injury as soon as possible
  • Inform the coach if you need to leave the site early
  • Inform the coach if you will not be attending a training session or Competition


  • Take an active interest in your child's participation and attend training and competition whenever possible
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with Coaches, helpers and officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept the Coaches, helpers and officials judgements
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Inform the coach if your child is unable to attend a training session or Competition
  • Assume responsibility of the safe transportation of your children to and from events and training
  • Inform your child's coach of any injury or disability that needs to be taken into consideration for athletic performance
  • Provide any necessary medication that your child needs