Schools Sport Policy

Schools Sports Policy

Sport has a major role to play in school and society. Participation in school sport makes a major contribution to the students’ education and to their physical, social and emotional development. Educators/Coaches must make use of the opportunities that sport and sporting activities provide in order to help the students to grow and develop as persons.

Our aim is to create opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of sports.

Our school sporting environment provides for:
• Enjoyment of playing;
• Proficient teaching and development of skills;
• A balanced attitude towards competition where winning and losing must be handled in a spirit of true sportsmanship.
• Harmonious interaction between teacher/coach and student and between fellow students.
• Exposure of students to a variety of sports so that a “carry over” to later life may be possible.

On and off the field there should always be a good spirit. Team spirit encourages children to participate not only for themselves but also for the team.

• Students are expected to accept the decisions of match officials.
• Students are expected to obey the rules and take responsibility for their own behaviour.
• Students should not use foul language or behave in an unsporting manner.
• Students are expected to respect all coaches, mentors, officials and opponents.
• The captain of the team will always model good behaviour.
• The correct attire must be worn for participation in all sporting activities. For example, the school uniform must be worn to all matches.

• Coaches/educators are, at all times responsible for the students in their care.
• Coaches/educators and their players are responsible for seeing that the playing areas and environs are litter free before and after matches.
• All sporting accidents must be recorded on Accident Report Sheets
• For away games, it is school policy that all players use transport organised by the school.
• All discipline problems on the sports field will be dealt with by the coaches/educators. Serious misdemeanours must be reported to the Principal and will be dealt with under the Code of Behaviour.
• It is the responsibility of coaches that all school equipment should be cared for properly and returned to its appropriate location after use.
• • It is forbidden to wear any jewellery when participating in any physical activity.

Players- Code of Behaviour
• Play by the rules
• Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
• Work equally for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you. Representing St Mel’s College is a privilege and must be respected as such. This privilege may be withdrawn by school authorities at any time if the student’s behaviour in school dictates.
• Treat all participants in your sports as you would like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
• Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition.
• Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please your parents and coaches.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their ability, cultural background or religion.
• For away games, it is school policy that all players use transport organised by the school.
• The correct attire must be worn for participation in all sporting activities.
• It is forbidden to wear any jewellery when participating in any physical activity.

External Sports Coaches

• All external Sports Coaches who coach teams in the school will be Garda Vetted by the school through the JMB Vetting Unit
This Policy was ratified by the Board of Management at a meeting on Monday March 5th 2018.

Signed Mr Conal Gibbons Chairman BOM Date March 5th 2018

Appendix 1

It is an honour and privilege for any student to represent St. Mel’s in a team sport. However this privilege comes with certain conditions attached and the conditions must be adhered to by all students involved. In the event they are not, the privilege of representing your school will be withdrawn.

1 All students must be of good behaviour in class and avoid coming to the attention of the Year head.

2 Students must be back in class by 1:40 after training each day without exception.

3 Students going to matches should only leave class at the break of class immediately before they travel to matches. Lunches should be brought in if leaving early on the day and can be eaten on the bus as you travel. Under no circumstances are students allowed up town prior to travelling to matches

4 Full uniform (including black shoes) must be worn both to and from matches. The full code of behaviour applies to students when they represent the school. Polite and courteous behaviour is expected of all students, especially outside of school grounds, on the bus, in shops and in “away venues”. Loud, aggressive behaviour and foul language will not be tolerated. Students are ambassadors for the school and are expected to behave as such.

5 Students returning from matches must go immediately to class on return even if there are only a few minutes remaining. Under no circumstances are they allowed up town for lunch if they return early. Students playing in venues close to their homes must return to the school grounds after matches with the rest of the team unless they have written parental consent.

6 Students must get homework that they missed by having the contact number of someone in their class. They must have it ready for the next day (Absence from class is not an excuse for not having homework done)

7 All students representing the school must have paid their insurance.

8 Students travelling to fixtures outside the county will be charged five euros each to be offset against the cost of the bus.

9 Students representing the college must have the St. Mel’s togs and socks for
Team sports (where they are not provided). Commitment to training is essential for inclusion on team panels travelling to matches.