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Athletics is about competition and participation, therefore when joining Foyle Valley Athletics Club members are expected to compete if requested. There are plenty of opportunities for athletes to compete throughout the year (including track, cross-country and road races championships).

At club training sessions all members must follow the instructions given by the coach or leader and abide by the rules of our club constitution and codes of conduct.


When you become a member of or renew your membership with Foyle Valley Athletics Club you will also be registered as a member of Athletics Northern Ireland. If you agree to pay membership we will provide Athletics Northern Ireland with your personal data which they will use to enable access to an online portal for you. This information will be kept in a secure manner and used only for the administration of sport.

                            Our Safeguard Policy

Our organisation acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Athletics Northern Ireland requirements. 

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children: have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Foyle Valley Athletics Club in a safe and child centred environment are protected from abuse whilst participating in athletics or outside of the activity. 

We acknowledge that some children, including disabled children or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare. Our Policy What we’ll do As part of our safeguarding policy we will: –promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people 

-value, listen to and respect children 

-ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation 

-adopt safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers 

-ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people 

-provide effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about our policies, procedures and behaviour codes and follow them confidently and competently 

-ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents or concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual(s) who raise or disclose the concern 

-ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored 

-record and store information securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office] 

-prevent the employment or deployment of unsuitable individuals by recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made 

-appoint a nominated safeguarding lead for children and young people and develop and implement an effective online safety policy and related procedures 

-share information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their parents via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions 

-make sure that children, young people and their parents know where to go for help if they have a concern The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Foyle Valley Athletics Club. 

Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal or exclusion from the organisation. Monitoring This policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances: 

-changes in legislation and/or government guidance 

-as required by the local safeguarding partnership, UK Sport and/or home country sports councils and Athletics Northern Ireland 

-as a result of any other significant change or event. 

This policy was last reviewed March 2023 

Authorised By: ___Sean Molloy, Chairperson 

Contact details 

Our Safeguarding/Welfare Officer Name: Lisa McGuigan 

Tel: 07732144081 


Athletics NI 02890602707 

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