Extra – curricular guidance and Code of Conduct
The School and PE department are particularly proud of the extra curricular sport that it offers. It should be an honour to represent Borden at sport. Playing for the school should give a sense of pride and satisfaction. Above all else, we aim to make the experience enjoyable for all pupils. The purpose of the following guidelines is to set high standards of behaviour and to ensure that all players, from year 7 to year 13 know what is expected of them. If we all follow these guidelines school sport at Borden will continue to be enjoyable and we hope successful.
Players are always expected to play within the rules and should respect officials and opponents. This means that all players should always make every effort to thank referees and umpires, and should always shake the hands of opponents after the game.
Club v’s School
Very occasionally, there are clashes between clubs and school. The school appreciates the tremendous amount of work done by clubs for players in school teams. Where possible school fixtures will not interfere with club matches, but on some occasions this can be unavoidable and players are expected to represent the school when there is such a clash. In football, the Kent Schools FA is in agreement with the FA that players must play in their school games before club matches. The school expects such commitment in all other sports. It is also important to be careful about how much you play during a week since whilst growing extra stress on joints can be damaging.
All players are expected to wear school uniform to and from matches. It creates a good impression if teams arrive and leave smartly turned out. This applies to all fixtures including where appropriate Saturday morning matches. Players should also make sure they bring along the correct playing kit, players should check the kit details on the team sheet. When players are selected for district and county squads it is also common practice to wear school uniform to and from fixtures.
It is a player’s responsibility to make sure they inform the teacher in charge if they are unable to play in a match or attend training. This gives the teacher plenty of time to organise replacements. Dropping out on the day of a game for poor reasons is unacceptable and lets team mates down. Check the PE notice board for details of games, training and meetings. It is also important to make sure you make suitable arrangements for getting home afterwards.
Discipline / Behaviour
As a department we actively encourage good discipline and behaviour off the field as well as on it. With a number of extra curricular activities happening after school or involving boys being taken out of lessons it is important that pupils maintain good levels of discipline and behaviour throughout the school.
The majority of players already follow these guidelines and we appreciate the commitment and enthusiasm of these pupils. However, there have been some instances of players letting team mates and the school down, either through poor behaviour or by pulling out of fixtures.
Take your school sport seriously and remember that it is enjoyable when done properly. Finally, try to say thank you to the teacher who takes your training session or fixture. They are giving up their free time so that you can enjoy your sport at Borden.
Please continue to support school sport and set yourself high standards.
Mr C Brinn
Director of PE and School Sport