Aims & Objectives

The aim of East Meath United is to provide all players at our club with the maximum opportunities to develop their footballing ability to its full potential. This will be achieved with the full co-operation of Managers/Coaches, Players, and Parents in a safe and friendly environment.

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

The core values of East Meath United as a club are Respect, Effort, Ambition, Teamwork, and Humility. Everyone associated with the club must be seen by their behaviour both individually and collectively to uphold our core values at both training and matches (win, lose or draw) every week. I therefore as a parent /guardian agree:

  • I will not force my child to participate in soccer
  • I will remember that children participate to have fun and enjoyment
  • I will inform the coach of any disability or ailment (injury) that may affect the safety of my child or the safety and well-being of others
  • I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the club
  • I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy and demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and spectators at every game and training session that I attend
  • I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, player, coach or parent, such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands or using profane language
  • I will not encourage any behaviours or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of others
  • I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve any conflict without resorting to hostility
  • I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect
  • I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning so
    that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game
  • I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard and make my child feel like a winner
  • I will never ridicule or shout at my child or other participants for making a mistake
  • I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child
  • I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the players ahead of personal desire I may have for my own
  • I will respect the officials and their authority and will never question, discuss or confront coaches during games and will arrange to speak with coaches at an agreed time
  • I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from any kind of drugs.
  • I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during matches or training sessions and I will only encourage

Player Code of Conduct

The core values of East Meath United as a club are Respect, Effort, Ambition, Teamwork, and Humility. Everyone associated with the club must be seen by their behaviour both individually and collectively to uphold our core values at both training and matches (win, lose or draw) every week. I therefore as a player of East Meath United (EMU) agree to the following:

  • I will act in the best interest of the club at all times
  • I will follow not only the rules of the game of association football but also, I will play/train within the spirit of these rules, remembering that the game of football is for fun above all
  • I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment (injury) that may impact upon my safety or bring physical harm to others or myself
  • I will learn the rules of the game to the best of my ability
  • I will be positive in my support of other players and coaches
  • I will put sportsmanship before personal gain and be courteous and respectful to parents, players, coaches, officials, and referees at all
  • I will NOT engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, referee, parent or player such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or
  • I will NOT bully, physically or verbally any player, coach, referee, parent or official
  • I will NOT enter in to a debate or make any negative or derogatory comment or criticism about a player, coach or official from either EMU or another club on a social media outlet such as Facebook or Twitter which may either impinge upon the reputation or good name of EMU or any other person or
  • I will NOT use physical violence against anybody at any
  • I will put the same amount of effort and time into my club as the club put into
  • I will follow the rules set by the coaches, referees or officials of EMU at all
  • I will respect the coaches and officials and their authority during matches/training
  • I will arrive on time for the appropriate match/training
  • I will give prior notice to the coach if I cannot make it to a match or training sessions
  • I will inform an adult official of EMU of any wrongdoings or problems within the club that I become aware of

Code of Conduct for Managers/Coaches

  • Managers/Coaches will show respect for all players and officials and lead by example.
  • Be fully prepared for coaching sessions and matches.
  • Ensure a safe environment for learning and development.
  • Managers/Coaches to keep themselves up to date with new ideas on coaching and development.
  • Encourage each player in terms of self-discipline, good behaviour, and punctuality.
  • Be self-critical and not afraid to seek assistance.
  • Be familiar with the East Meath United Club Child Protection Guidelines through liaison with EMU Child Protection Officer Lara Synott on 085 716 8634
  • Liaise with parents but do not share confidential information with them regarding players other than their own child.
  • Ensure that all players are aware that all forms of bullying will not be tolerated.
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved.
  • Managers/Coaches must always display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

Child Protection Policy

  • East Meath United believes that concern for the general well-being and welfare of all children and young persons under its care is of paramount importance in developing the young players of the future.
  • The club recognizes the responsibilities and trust that is placed on it by all players and their families.
  • It will seek to respond to that responsibility by encouraging best practice in Child Protection matters and encourage everyone involved in the club to recognize this.
  • The protection of the child must be the first priority of all its members.
  • All Managers/Coaches must know the club's policy and procedures, be encouraged to listen to concerns of players and take their complaints seriously.
  • All current and potential Managers/Coaches shall consent to be screened as to their suitability to work with children as specified by the FAI Child Protection guidelines.
  • East Meath United will emphasize to all members that they have a duty to report to the Designated Person any concerns they have over the possible abuse of children. This duty also applies to concerns they might have about a colleague.
  • The Club will provide guidance to anyone who makes a report of suspected abuse and they will be fully supported when voicing these concerns.

Guidance to Promote Good Practice

The following guidelines are suggested to Managers/Coaches in an attempt to reduce situations, which could lead to the abuse of children as well as attempting to protect those who are working with children and young people.

  • Always try to work with children and young people in the open and public view.
  • With very young children, where possible, try to encourage parents to take responsibility for their children in the changing rooms.
  • It is possible that a Manager/Coach might have to help young children with undressing, changing and dressing. Such tasks should only be carried out after discussion and consent of the player and parents.
  • Always ensure Managers/Coaches work in pairs when children have to be supervised in the changing rooms.
  • Always try to develop a climate, which discourages the criticising of those who are seen as having less ability.
  • Always try to take steps to challenge bullying and always listen to complaints from team members who feel that they are being bullied.
  • Always try to avoid being alone in a car with a child/young person. Sometimes this will be unavoidable but try to make sure the child/young person sits in the back of the car.
  • Always try to avoid taking a child/young person home with you, especially if they would be alone with a Manager/Coach.
  • It is advisable that Managers/Coaches identify who will be collecting a child/young person following a match or training session.
  • Managers/Coaches should take steps to know who will care for a child/young person if his parents are not at home when the child is returned home following a match or training session.

Anti-Bullying Policy

It is vital that everyone within the club understands that Bullying will not be tolerated and that the following conditions must be met.
In being confronted with a possible case of bullying all Managers/Coaches must be prepared to:

  • Take the problem seriously.
  • Investigate the incident.
  • Talk to the bullies and victims separately.
  • Decide on an appropriate action such as:
  • Obtain an apology from the bully to the victim.
  • Inform parents of the bully.
  • Encourage/support the bully to change his behavior.
  • Impose sanctions against bullies up to and including dismissal.

Child Protection Advice for Players

You are entitled to as a player to be:

  • Be safe.
  • Be treated with dignity, sensitivity, and respect.
  • Experience competition and the desire to win as a positive and healthy outcome of striving for best performance.
  • Be happy, have fun and enjoy soccer.
  • Comment and make suggestions in an appropriate and constructive manner.
  • Be listened to.

All above is superseded by the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for
Children's Sport as directed by The Irish Sports Council and supported by the
FAI. See for further information.