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]

This is a social ride to learn group riding etiquette and to gain winter base fitness. They typically run every Wednesday evening during the winter season, starting from Poole Park at 19:00 (7pm) at the Cricket Pavilion. Rides are typically between 1-1.5 hours.

These are very popular rides, so we expect everyone to adhere to some basic guidelines:

  • Ride in sensible way.
  • Ride to highway code rules.
  • Form groups no bigger than 12 please, and each group has a ‘leader’ for the night.
  • Wear bright clothing. Good working lights needed at all times mudguards are appreciated by club members!
  • Follow group riding etiquette: 2 lines only at any one time, overtaking (right lane through and off) 2 lines at any time, even when going up hill
  • Behave in a sensible, courteous and appropriate manner to other riders and road users. Foul and abusive language is not acceptable – to other riders or other road users!
  • All riders under the age of 18 need to have a consent form completed by a responsible parent or guardian (see below). 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.
  • Pay £1 at start to ride – this contributes towards club indemnity insurance and allows you a free coffee/tea when club room is open.
  • 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, with Poole Wheelers or on your own.
  • Please remember: this is not a race!

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

Everyone taking part in these rides should sign the Wednesday club ride form once (these will be available each evening too), and also remember to sign in and out every week you take part.

All riders under the age of 18 need to have a consent form completed by a responsible parent or guardian.

Each group typically follows the below route, though some groups may decide to adjust this on the day depending on ability.

Members in the club organise regular informal club runs or social rides, where all riders participate at their own risk. Rides vary from week to week, and are organised via our Facebook group. You will typically find people go out on:

  • Training ride every Saturday morning (road cycling, approx 17mph for 20-25 miles)
  • Training ride every Sunday morning (road cycling, approx 20+mph for 75-85 miles, experienced riders)
  • Social club ride every Sunday morning (road cycling, for riders of all abilities) We are a social club, so our rides often end up in a local coffee shop…

These are very popular rides, so we expect everyone to adhere to some basic guidelines:

  • Ride in sensible way.
  • Ride to highway code rules.
  • Wear bright clothing that is appropriate for the conditions.
  • Good working lights needed at all times mudguards are appreciated by club members!
  • Follow group riding etiquette: 2 lines only at any one time, overtaking (right lane through and off) 2 lines at any time, even when going up hill.
  • Behave in a sensible, courteous and appropriate manner to other riders and road users. Foul and abusive language is not acceptable – to other riders or other road users!
  • All riders under the age of 18 need to have a consent from a responsible parent or guardian. These rides are open to all ages, provided they are competent to ride on public roads and the person organising the ride agrees. 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!

Please note: these rides are NOT official club rides. All cyclist participating do so at their own risk, and the club or the person organising assumes no liability. We strongly recommend all riders join British Cycling, with Ride membership or above, for liability insurance and other benefits this provides.

Parent consent form for minors attending TT events (coming soon)

Club Constitution