Wellow Valley Tennis is committed to providing a safe and secure playing environment for all players.
We hold that incidents of physical, emotional or psychological abuse, bullying or racism have no place in the Club and any perpetrators may be banned for a period as determined by the Club Committee.
The Club has a volunteer Welfare Officer, whose contact details are published on the club website.
The Welfare Officer has attended the required LTA course for Safeguarding and has a current DBS (police check) certificate.
If any member feels or has felt insecure in any way whilst playing at the club then the member is encouraged to make contact with the Welfare Officer as soon as possible after the event.
Similarly if any member of the club has it brought to their attention that a breach of trust or any abuse may have occurred, then the member is encourage to report it to the Welfare Officer.
In the first instance the Committee, taking advice from the Welfare Officer, may choose to investigate the possible issue.
If there is ample evidence to support a claim of safeguarding risk, then the Club will bring this to the attention of the authorities.
Equality and Diversity Policy
The Club aims to help the membership to have an atmosphere of friendship, respect and care for each other. In particular, we aim to treat every member equally, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation
Our Club belongs to all members. We aim to organise a range of events and activities to suit the interests and meet the needs of a wide variety of people.
For example, we hold events which can be attended by all members and in which all members can take part if they so wish.
Inclusion and respect
Every member of the Club should be made to feel equally welcome and included at all Club events. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive and inflammatory remarks and behaviour are not acceptable. These constitute harassment, and have no place in the Club.
Dealing with discrimination and harassment
If any member feels they have been discriminated against by the Club or harassed at a Club event they should raise this with the Committee. Contact details on the Club website.
The Committee will investigate the complaint, listening to all members involved. (If the complaint is against a committee member, that member will not be part of conducting the investigation).
If the complaint is against a particular individual, this person will have the opportunity to express their point of view, accompanied by a friend. The person making the complaint will also have this opportunity.
If the complaint is against the Club as a whole, the Committee must work to ensure that such discrimination is not repeated in the future, and must inform the members of how they propose to do this.
Any decision to exclude a person from the Club due to discriminatory or harassing behaviour will be made with reference to the Club’s Constitution. The Club will support people who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against, and will not victimise or treat them less well because they have raised this.
This Policy will be reviewed every two years.