Castlebar Tennis Club is committed to safeguarding children, and by working under the guidance of our NGB’s
Safeguarding Policies, our staff, both voluntary and employed that work with our young people
throughout the organisation, seeking to create a safe environment for young people to grow and
develop within the sport. The following set of principles should be adhered to:

  1. Importance of childhood – The importance of childhood should be understood and
    valued by everyone involved in tennis.
  2. Needs of the child – All children’s sports experiences should be guided by what is best
    for children. This means that adults should have a basic understanding of young people’s emotional,
    physical and personal needs.
  3. Integrity in relationships – Adults interacting with children in tennis are in a position of
    trust and influence. They should always ensure that children are treated with integrity and
    respect and that the self-esteem of young people is enhanced.
  4. Fair Play – All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. The
    principles of fair play should always be emphasised, and organisers should give clear
    guidelines regarding acceptable standards of behaviour.
  5. Quality atmosphere & ethos – Children’s sport should be conducted in a safe, positive
    and encouraging atmosphere.
  6. Competition – Competition is an essential element of tennis and should be encouraged
    in an age and level-appropriate manner. A child-centred ethos will help to ensure that
    competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.
  7. Equality – All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair
    manner regardless of ability, age, gender, religion, social and ethnic background or
    political persuasion.

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