News & Information in relation to Safeguarding

Statement from Child Welfare Officer

Boyne RFC is committed to the development of their age grade players in a friendly, safe and respectful environment. Coaches, players, parents and officers of the club are committed to ensuring the wellbeing and welfare of all of the players participating in the club. This pamphlet introduces the framework within which Boyne RFC operates and outlines all of our responsibilities in pursuit of this goal. The IRFU recently published their 2015 Safeguarding Policy which outlines procedures which are in line with the proposed Children First legislation and Sport Councils' guidelines for young people. Boyne RFC Child Welfare Policy is in line with this IRFU policy available at:.
As the Club Welfare Officer I will:

  • Act at all times in the best interests of our age grade players
  • Review on a regular basis the welfare policies and procedures within the club to ensure they are in line with best practice and the provisions of the IRFU Safeguarding Policy
  • Promote all of the club welfare policies to coaches, parents and players
  • Respond to any child welfare concerns that are raised.
  • Ensure that recruitment of coaches and volunteers is compliant with IRFU policy in relation to Garda Vetting and compliance with the code of conduct.
  • Be available to meet with any of the age-grade players or parents to discuss their concerns and take on board their ideas.

Should you have any queries on Club Welfare issues please contact:
          Edel Sayers, Club Welfare Officer
          Phone: 086 8271045

Boyne RFC Safeguarding Policy

Boyne RFC is fully committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for children. It believes that it is important for all management, members, coaches and parent /guardians to operate with respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others in a manner that make the club an enjoyable and fulfilling environment for our young players.
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Boyne R.F.C. Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct (Standards of Behaviour)

As players, coaches, spectators, administrators and club members our conduct reflects on us as individuals and on our club. This is especially so during games, be they home or away. We are each responsible for our own behaviour and recognise the importance of showing respect for our club, for each other, for our visitors or hosts, for our opposition and for referees and match officials. Our behaviour should be such that all our visitors feel welcome, enjoy their visits to Boyne RFC and want to return and our hosts welcome our visits and form positive views of Boyne RFC. We recognise and subscribe to the IRFU code of conduct for age grade rugby and the IRB code of conduct relating to match officials.

Responsibilities of Spectators/Supporters

● Applaud good play by both sides. ● Encourage players to play by the laws of the game. ● Exhort and encourage, do not blame, taunt or abuse players or match officials. ● Promote honesty and fair play. ● Refrain from using improper language to players, coaches, match officials or supporters of the opposing team. ● Show respect to the referee as a person and decision maker. ● Show respect to opposition players and coaches. ● Offer a warm and genuine welcome to visiting supporters.

Responsibilities of Players

● Play for fun and enjoyment and be a good sport. ● Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat. ● Know and understand the laws of rugby and adhere to them. ● Maintain self-control on and off the field of play. ● Respect the referee and match officials as people and decision makers. ● Exhort and encourage your team-mates, never blame or abuse them. ● Respect your opponents and treat them honourably and fairly during and after games. ● Cooperate with and support the team coach and accept his decisions

IRFU Code of Conduct

Code for players Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family. Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the laws of the Game. Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions. Play with control. Do not lose your temper. Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club. Be a “good sport”. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition. Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not “bully” or take advantage of any player.