Codes of conduct

The Poole Wheelers codes of conduct are an integral part of what makes us a friendly club, and should be seen as shared values by everyone in the club.

Click on each headline below to reveal the full text, and links to PDF versions of the documents.

If you have any questions about these codes of conduct, please contact any member of the Poole Wheelers committee.

As a member of the club you are expected to abide by the following code:

  • Arrive for training and competition in good time to prepare properly.
  • Members must wear suitable kit (including a helmet)) and clothing for training, as agreed with the coach / team manager.
  • Always warm up and cool down properly.
  • All members must ride within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good rides whether they are made by your club or the opposition.
  • All members must control their temper. Verbal abuse of officials and other riders, or deliberately distracting / provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your club. Your club’s performance will benefit, and so will you.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Youth / Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
  • Youth / Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club’s premises or whilst representing the club.
  • Treat all participants in cycling as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, club – mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Thank officials and opponents after competition.

Code of conduct for all Riders (members) [PDF]

As a parent / carer of a member of the club, you are expected to abide by the following code:

  • Inform the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of your child in advance of the coaching session through the completion of a participation / registration form or a coaching consent form.
  • If your child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other a parent / carer, the parent / carer must advise the coach of the details of the arrangement including who will be collecting your child and when.
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • 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 officials’ judgments and teach children to do likewise.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Show appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.

Code of conduct Parents and Guardians [PDF]

During all club Social & Training Rides, we expect everyone to adhere to some basic guidelines:

  • Ride in a safe, sensible way and to highway code rules.
  • Ride in groups of a suitable and safe number (e.g., for Wednesday night club rides, form groups of 8 (no bigger than 10).
  • Behave in a courteous and appropriate manner to other riders and road users. Foul and abusive language is not acceptable, to other riders or other road users!
  • Respect your ride leader and any requests they make. Remember ride leaders do so on a purely voluntary basis to support the club; don’t expect too much from them. Anyone is welcome to lead a group if they feel comfortable.
  • You are fully responsible for yourself during your ride. Turn up with your bike in good working order, basic tools and puncture repair kit, enough food and water to sustain your ride.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the ride. Bright clothing is advisable for night riding. A helmet is essential.
  • Good working lights are essential for night riding.
  • In the winter, mudguards are appreciated by club mates!
  • Follow group riding etiquette: 2 abreast only, even when going uphill; if riding in a ‘chain-gang’ (Wednesday evening rides), overtaking in the right lane ‘through and off’ (this will be explained by your group leader if you aren’t familiar with group riding).
  • All riders under the age of 18 need to have a consent form completed by a responsible parent or guardian. These rides are open to all ages, provided they are competent to ride on public roads. However, riders 12 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible riding adult. Non-riding parents or guardians of riders over the age of 13 will need to agree to stay within the vicinity of the ride and must be contactable for the duration.
  • Please remember: this is not a race!
  • We recommend all riders join British Cycling, with Ride membership or above, for liability insurance and other benefits this provides, especially if you ride regularly.

Poole Wheelers reserves the right to ask you not to ride with us if you do not agree/adhere to these guidelines.

Club Constitution