Overton aim to create a safe and secure learning environment where individuals treat each other with respect and understanding. Bullying will not be tolerated at all. Bullying will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to deal with the situation. It is the responsibility of every adult working in rugby union whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which results in the victim feeling distressed. Bullying occurs when this behaviour is exercised through the use of power rather than an exchange between equals.
Establishing a positive Club ethos
The most important aspect of our strategy to combat bullying is the creation of a positive and inclusive ethos. This begins with how adults treat each other, parents, and players: with respect and understanding, even in difficult situations. Concerns expressed by players and parents are always listened to carefully and taken seriously.
We promote and follow the RFU Core Values (http://www.englandrugby.com/news/rugby-core-values-1288344/)
Everyone involved in rugby in England, whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator, parent or spectator is expected to uphold the Core Values of our sport:
Teamwork – Respect – Enjoyment – Discipline – Sportsmanship
- Play to win – but not at all cost
- Win with dignity, lose with grace
- Observe the Laws and regulations of the game
- Respect opponents, referees and all participants
- Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs
- Value volunteers and paid officials alike
- Enjoy the game
We aim to be constantly promoting and reinforcing positive behaviour and developing all children’s self-esteem through celebration of achievement. In this way, by aiming to ‘include’ everyone in the rugby com-munity, it is much less likely either those children will become a focus for bullying, or that others may resort to bullying
We encourage children, parents and club personnel to report any suspected instances of bullying to a member of the coaching staff or to the Safeguarding Officer.