Witney Triathlon Club believe that everyone who participates in our club is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. The welfare of our athletes is paramount.
For this reason, we take welfare very seriously. We believe that everyone participating in our club is entitled to a duty of care and to be protected from abuse, maltreatment or misconduct.
We also recognize that we have a responsibility to ensure the highest standards possible in relation to welfare.
To meet our welfare responsibilities, we will:
Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of people taking part in our club.
Require our coaches, members and volunteers to abide by Triathlon England’s Welfare Policy and procedures and associated Codes of Conduct.
Promote and implement appropriate policies and procedures to provide a duty of care for all people within the club, to safeguard their well-being and protect them from abuse.
Ensure our nominated welfare officer is up to date with the latest good practice training and guidance in relation to welfare issues.
Follow good practice guidance in relation to recruitment, selection, training of our coaches, officials and volunteers.
Regularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our approach to welfare
Respond appropriately to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of any children and / or vulnerable adults in our club in line with our policy and procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures
Witney Triathlon Club Safeguarding Officer - Laura Purcell 07827 711728
WODC Lead Safeguarding Officer - Simon Wright 01993 861569
WODC Shared Head of Leisure and Communities - Diana Shelton 01993 861569
Childline - 0800 1111
NSPCC - 0808 8005000
British Triathlon Safeguarding Proceedures
Although doping in sport maybe be viewed as an issue for elite sport, there has in recent years been a massive increase the taking of performance enhancing drugs among age group athletes. Striving to beat your time or beat someone else can lead to athletes choosing a path of doping.
Although our athletes are young and very much in the sport for fun, fitness, socialization, as they get older and hopefully start to compete there will be external and internal pressures on them to perform. It is therefore important that these things are discussed at an early age so that we can educate our athletes to allow them to make the correct decisions through their sporting lives whatever that may be.
Throughout the year coach Frankie intends putting on some short presentations for our athletes and will always be available to discuss this topic.
There is also some great information on the UK Anti-Doping website
UK Anti-Doping is the organisation responsible for making sure that all athletes who take part in sport are clean.
This means they help to educate athletes so they understand what substances they can and can’t take.
They also carry out testing to help clean athletes prove that their achievements are real – while catching and prosecuting those who choose to improve their performance by unfair means.
Sportsmen and women want to know that other athletes are competing fairly, that it is a competition of talent and that all performances are natural. This is the spirit of sport.
UK Anti-Doping has a programme for athletes called 100% me which provides information and education to support you, as an athlete, to compete fairly. Keep yourself up-to-date with anti-doping information by visiting the Athlete Zone regularly.
UK Anti-Doping also works with sports governing bodies to help them support their athletes. Do you know what the National Governing Body is for the sport you compete in? You can find out more on the Sport England website.
Laura Purcell Safe Guarding Certificates