Netball appreciates the vital support parents/carers give their child
for them to be involved in netball. Finding a good club and
understanding how they work and what you can expect for your child, is
important to you. We are providing this Guidance to help you know what
to look out for, what to ask and who does what within a club.
support for your child gives them the opportunities to play and develop
through their sport. You pay for the fees, give lifts, stand on the
side lines and support your child through the ups and downs of their
sport. Whether your child is playing purely for the fun of it, or has
aspirations to be a Performance Athlete, they will win and lose in
competitive play. Your response to their play, their development and
their limits as well as their successes, has a significant impact on how
your child, and their team mates, respond to the challenges of
The Codes of Conduct for Parents or Carers
set out the expected standards of behaviour. Knowing what these are and
discussing them with your child will help them understand how the
netball environment operates.
in touch with the club is important. Regular chats with the coach about
your child’s development will help you support them achieving to their
your child has any additional needs, make sure the club know about them
and that you have agreed the way in which they will meet those needs.
arrangements need to be clearly communicated, to ensure that the club
knows who will be dropping off and collecting, especially if it is not
going to be you. Punctuality is very important. If you are unable to
collect when you planned to, be sure to let your child and the club
know. Wherever possible, emergency contacts will be used, but otherwise
the coach will have to contact Children’s Services after a reasonable
period of time, to ensure your child is safe.
have worked with the CPSU to help develop resources for all sports to
show parents how their behaviour can impact on their child’s enjoyment
of their sport. Have a look and see how parental behaviours can impact
on young people's enjoyment of their sport here.
club may arrange a session for parents to induct you into the club’s
expectations for their members and parents and they may hold a training
session to use these resources.
your child joins a club, it’s a good idea for you to visit and get a
feel for how the club runs and what sort of environment your child will
be in. As well as providing your child with good netball playing
opportunities, the club should have adequate arrangements in place to
ensure your child’s safety whilst with the club. You can arrange to talk
to the coach about what is provided, how the development of your child
will be supported and what competition play they may get. You can also talk to the club management or Club Safeguarding Officer to find out about what the club has in place to ensure the safety of the children, both in the club and away at events.
club may provide a welcome pack or similar, which tells you what you
need to know and you should check to see that they do what they say they
do. Watching a session, seeing how the members interact and what
impression you get of the culture within that club, should help you
assess whether this is the right club for your child. Often the child
has selected the club, because their friends are there, but you should
still satisfy yourself that you are comfortable that it is the best
place for them.
a look at the documents below, which will explain the England Netball's
expected standards of conduct, safeguarding and inclusion which the
club is required to operate by. We also provide guidance for you and
your child, if things are not going well, if there are problems they are
facing which they may not be coping with or which you do not feel
confident in dealing with.
take the well-being of all our young people very seriously and
recognise the benefit which sport can bring to their personal
development. Clubs should be a safe and supportive environment for their
members and there are often adults within the club who become role
models for the young people they are responsible for. We aim to provide
relevant, practical resources for these adults, for you and for your
child, to support them [click here for more details]. The
websites listed below can help with understanding some of teh issues
affecting young people and how they may respond. They are designed for
parents and young people, and give helpful advice specific to particular
you wish to meet with any of the personnel at the club, remember that
they are probably volunteers and there are many demands on their time.
survives and grows thanks to the considerable contribution of
volunteers. Maybe you would enjoy being further involved in the club and
could offer your time to help run the sort of club your child can
benefit from. Click here to find out more about volunteering.