To provide cost effective fun filled tennis coaching to as many children as possible from all social backgrounds especially those not exposed to the game and including those in the lower income bracket. In addition:
- To provide a low cost fun filled activity for children during their summer holidays.
- To remove the elitism that once was attached to tennis, making it available to all.
- Provide beneficial inter-action between children from different backgrounds
- Provide opportunities for children and adults to enjoy, participate & recreate through tennis.
- Provide seasonal employment during the summer months for over 330 coaches many of which are full time qualified tennis coaches and assistants who are high standard players/students.
- Improve the social fabric of communities by fostering Community Tennis Clubs on local authority facilities thus making it a family sport.
- Improve the usage of tennis facilities which otherwise would be under utilized
- Encourage established private Clubs to operate a Parks programme on their premises thus opening their facilities to the wider community including entire families, adults and children.
- Provide full time employment outlets as tennis coaches through training young people on our City of Dublin Education & Training Board Tennis coaches’ courses.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT
Dublin Parks Tennis League Ltd. is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. Every individual in the company should at all times show respect and understanding for their rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the company and the guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport.
“Children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence; they must be kept safe from harm, and they must be given proper care by those looking after them “ (Article 19 ; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
All children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. Ireland and the UK have adopted and are committed to the European Code of Sports Ethics, which defines fair play as:
“much more than playing within the rules. It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing within the right spirit. Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just a way of behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of cheating, gamesmanship, doping, violence (both physical and verbal), exploitation, unequal opportunities, excessive commercialism and corruption.”
(European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of Europe, 1993)
The Childcare Act 1991 (ROI) and The Children’s (NI) Order (1995) are based on a clear and consistent set of principles designed with the common aim of promoting the welfare of children.
Children have the right to be safe. All coaches should ensure that this fundamental principle takes precedence over all other considerations.
Standards set by _Dublin Parks Tennis League Ltd. will be achieved through ensuring the Company: –
- Adopt and implement the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport as an integral part of its policy on children in the Company
- Have its constitution approved and adopted by companys members at an AGM or EGM
- Permit all members over 16 years of age to vote, where possible, in the running of their junior section. One parent / guardian should have one vote for all their children under 16 years of age, where relevant
- Ensure that the Company Management Committee is elected or endorsed by registered company members at each AGM
- Adopt and consistently apply a safe and clearly defined method of recruiting and selecting Sports Leaders
- Clearly define the role of the committee members, all Sports Leaders and parents/ guardians
- Appoint/ Reappoint at least one children’s officer at the AGM as outlined in the Code of Ethics. In the event that a company caters for both boys and girls, one children’s officer of each gender should ideally be appointed
- Appoint one of the Children’s Officers to act as Designated Officer to liaise with the Statutory Authorities in relation to the reporting of allegations or suspicions of child abuse. Any such reports should be made according to the procedures outlined in this Code/ Children First/ Our Duty to Care
- Ensure best practice throughout the company by disseminating its code of conduct, including the disciplinary, complaints and appeals procedures in operation within the company to all its members. The company’s code of conduct should also be posted in all facilities used by the company
- Have in place procedures for dealing with a concern or complaint made to the Statutory Authorities against a Committee Member or Sports Leader. Regulations should stipulate that a Sports Leader who is the subject of an allegation which has been reported to the Statutory Authorities, should stand aside while the matter is being examined. S/he should be invited to resume full duties immediately if s/he is vindicated
- Ensure that relevant Sports Leaders report to the Company Management Committee on a regular basis.
- Encourage regular turnover of committee membership while ensuring continuity and experience.
- Develop effective procedures for responding to and recording accidents/ incidents
- Ensure that any unusual activity (high rate of drop-out, transfers, etc.) is checked out and reported by the Designated Officer to Tennis Ireland
- Ensure that all company members are given adequate notice of AGMs and other meetings
- Ensure that all minutes of all meetings (AGMs / EGMs / Committees) are recorded and safely filed.
This policy applies to all those involved in Dublin Parks Tennis League Ltd., coaches, administrators, officials, volunteer drivers, parents and young people.
Copies of the full policy and detailed guidelines on recruitment, reporting, recording accidents/incidents, bullying, away trips and use of photography are available from the designated person or any company official.
The Children’s Officers within Company are:
Name Address Telephone/ Mobile
- Hugh O’Loughlin, 33 Turvey Drive, Donabate,Co.Dublin Home 8436968 Office 8450914 Mobile 0876914515
- Kay Lonergan, 142 Vernon Avenue,Clontarf, Dublin 3 Office 8338711 Mobile 0868172864
Photographs of the Children’s Officers should, if possible, be displayed on the company’s notice board and website. Names of Children’s Officers shall be made known to young members, coaches and parents alike as the Designated Persons to whom concerns will be addressed. If the concern is about the Children’s Officer please report to Company Chairperson.The company has procedures in place for dealing with any concern or allegation of abuse either within the company or externally, but the first point of contact for a child, parent/guardian or coach should be the Children’s Officer, although any individual has the right to contact the HSE / Social Services or the Police if they have a concern about a child’s safety
All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability, age, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion. Children, irrespective of ability or disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated and inclusive way, whenever possible, thus allowing them to participate to their full potential alongside other children (Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport 2000)
Dublin Parks Tennis League Ltd. recognises the additional vulnerability of some children and the extra difficulties they may face when seeking help, i.e.
- Dependency due to disability may make some children feel powerless
- On occasions possible limited ability to communicate their feelings
- A negative self image can make children vulnerable to manipulation by others.To address this vulnerability coaches will seek guidance on working with children with a disability from external agencies, parents / guardians and the children themselves.
We at Dublin Parks Tennis League Ltd. recognise that the legal principle that the welfare of the child is paramount means that consideration of confidentiality should not be allowed to override the right of children to be protected from harm. Everyone in our organisation, including children, must be aware that they can never promise to keep secrets. However, information of a confidential nature will only be communicated on a ‘need to know’ basis. Your statement of confidentiality should make this clear.
A full Child Protection policy document is available within company premises for all interested parties to read.
Information for parents
- Advice for Tennis Parents by Roger Geraghty, Director of Development, Tennis Ireland.
- Tennis Parents from the International Tennis Federation.
“Research has shown that tennis is one of the healthiest, least injurious sports youngsters can play. Tennis is a lifetime sport. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches self-discipline, self-reliance and respect for others. But, above all, it provides a good way of performing physical exercise whilst having fun. Today, more children than ever before are taking part in tennis.”
- Parental Involvement in Tennis: How to help children enjoy their experience of tennis (from Tennis iCoach).
- The Role of Parents in Junior Tennis (from USTA).
“The role of parents in junior tennis is an important component of player development, and coaches frequently find themselves searching for the best way to interact with parents and educate them about their role in the development of elite level tennis players.”
Coaching videos are available on the Parks Tennis YouTube Channel.
Videos Sources Provided Courtesy of Rob Cherry Tennis. Check out robcherrytennis.com for lots of great tennis coach information.