Players, Coaches and Parents
Doha Pearl Academy will provide an essential football learning and holistic development pathway for children and young people to learn new skills, become more confident and maximise their own potential. Through their participation, they can learn and develop life skills, have fun and enjoyment, make friends and experience life in a way that can enhance their personal growth throughout their lives. Best Practice Coaches achieve satisfaction from working with children and young people. Focusing on the individual participants’ needs and performance encourages young people to achieve and demonstrate enjoyment, equality and fair play. They will come to realise that standards of behaviour are as important as sports performance.
In taking this approach children are encouraged to:
- Do their best – put in their best effort
- Improve and develop their skills
- Make friends
- Play by the rules
- Appreciate/accept everyone in the group, regardless of ability, race, religion or gender
Children in Football Children are entitled to:
- Be Safe
- Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
- Participate in football on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability and stage of development
- Be happy, have fun and enjoy football
- Make a complaint in an appropriate way and have it dealt with through a proper and effective complaints procedure
- Be afforded appropriate confidentiality
- Be listened to and to be believed in
Children should not:
- Use abusive language, or argue with, the referee, officials, team mates or opponents
- Use violence, use physical contact only when it is allowed within the rules
- Tell lies about adults or other children
Coaches need to be aware of why children want to play football. They want to learn new skills, make new friends, be part of a group, to win and be successful, experience challenges, excitement and action. While winning is important, it must be remembered that winning at all costs does not meet the needs of players. Results are not necessarily a good indicator of coaching effectiveness or ability, the improvement level of players and their level of enjoyment is.
- Provide a safe and enjoyable environment where children and young people are placed at the centre of all activities
- Act as good role models
- Encourage and be positive during sessions so that players leave with a sense of achievement
- Set challenging, realistic but achievable goals
- Plan and prepare each session appropriately and ensure proper levels of supervision
- Ensure that all activities are inclusive and allow all players to participate in an enjoyable way
- Put the welfare and enjoyment of players first and strike a balance between this and winning or achieving results
- Enforce the principles of fair play treating each player equally, with dignity and respect and ensure that all players play within the rules
- Be aware of the developmental stages and needs of players
- Avoid over training and over emphasis on competition.
- Involve parents/guardians and other club members in what we do
- Be qualified and up to date with the latest coaching knowledge and skills
In keeping children and young people at the forefront of planning and practice, coaches can be confident that participants will enjoy their football experiences and that their actions are regarded as safe and in keeping with the principle that the welfare of children is of paramount consideration. Coaches are given a position of trust by the Doha Pearl Academy, and should show the highest standards of behaviour whilst in the company of under age players. It is important that coaches follow an agreed code of good practice and parents/club officials are satisfied that coaches are suitable to lead the activities undertaken.
Coaches have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the players with whom they work as far as possible within the limits of their control. Therefore, coaches should seek to create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to play and train.
In this respect:
- Regular safety checks should be carried out in relation to premises, training facilities and equipment
- Appropriate safety rules should be adopted and implemented
- Parents should be informed of the starting and finishing times of training sessions and matches
- A first aid kit should be available at all training sessions /matches and injuries should be recorded, with a note of action taken in relation to each one. Never play injured players
- Parents should be notified of injuries/illness which their children incur while participating in any football activity a positive approach to the involvement of children in sport
- Encourage participation and fun
- Promote the development of skills as opposed to winning at all costs
- Emphasise and praise effort
- Act as a good role model
- Actively discourage children/young players from abusing referees, officials, team mates or opponents (take off offending players)
- Insist on FAIR PLAY (take off offending players)
- Be realistic with your expectations
- Be aware of children’s feelings
- Teach players to respect different cultures
Responsibility to Report
Any coach, who has concerns about a child’s welfare or who suspects that a child is being treated unfairly, or is at risk of abuse, has a responsibility to report their concerns to the Doha Pearl Academy Head Coach. In the case of any event happening, a Child Incident Report will be documented by the coach. It’s also important that if any injury is caused to a player that an Injury Report is also filled out. Contacting parents/players: mobile phones are often given to children for security, enabling parents to keep in touch and make sure they are safe. However such technology has also allowed an increase in direct personal contact with young people, in some cases used to cross personal boundaries and cause harm. Within clubs there is a need to encourage responsible and secure use of mobile phones.
In this respect coaches are advised to:
- Use group texts for communication among players and teams through parents and inform of this at the start of the season
- It is not appropriate to have constant communication for individual athletes
- Don’t use the phone in certain locations; inappropriate use of your camera phone may cause upset or offence to another person, e.g. changing rooms
Parents play an important role in promoting children’s happiness and success in football and sport in general. Parental expectations and behaviour have a significant bearing on children’s attitude and behaviour while participating in football. Parents need to be aware of why children want to play football. Children want to learn new skills, make new friends, be part of a group, to win and be successful, experience challenges, excitement and action. While winning is important, it must be remembered that winning at all costs does not meet the needs of players. Results are not necessarily a good indicator of coaching effectiveness or ability, the improvement level of players and their level of enjoyment is.
Support and encouragement from parents will contribute to children having:
- A sense of personal achievement.
- An enjoyment of football.
- Improved physical fitness.
- Higher self-esteem.
- A greater level of skill.
- Improved social skills.
It is important for parents to find out what their children want from football, and help them to set realistic targets to achieve this. This may involve controlling their own aspirations and avoiding the desire to force their own dreams or unfulfilled ambitions on them.
It is important to:
- Encourage but not force children to be active.
- Know when he / she is ready to play.
- Encourage healthy lifestyle habits.
- Attend training and games where possible.
- Promote and teach FAIR PLAY.
- Teach your child to treat referees, other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, colour, sex or ability.
- Help children to set realistic targets.
- Help children with decision making.
In addition, parents should:
- Give the coach help when asked and show appreciation for a job well done.
- Support the coaches and referee decisions. These individuals are only doing the best they can and they need support not anger.
- Refrain from contacting the coach unless it is necessary, respect they have a private life.
- Inform the coach about any illness, injury, holidays, etc.
- Make an effort to attend training and games.
- Communicate any concerns you may have to the coach.
- Make sure the child has appropriate equipment/clothing/refreshments.
- Encourage FAIR PLAY at home and do not instil a “win at all costs” attitude in children.
- Be positive or be quiet, negative comments are counter productive.
- Conduct themselves in such a way which promotes the definition of FAIR PLAY.
- Be prepared to be asked to leave by officials or club personnel if behaviour is contrary to the definition of FAIR PLAY.