Swimmers Code of Conduct

This is the full code. It has been designed to ensure that swimmers are aware of the standards required by them when they are:

  • Training with Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps)
  • Using facilities, equipment and leisure centres hired by Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps)
  • Representing Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) at any form of Competition or event
  • Travelling with Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) to and from competition
  • Engaged in any other activity organised by Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps)


  1. Reasonable behaviour is expected at all times. That is – behaviour that will not cause offence or embarrassment to any member of the general public, other swimmers, parents, team managers and coaches of Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps), or any visiting, home or other swimming clubs.
  2. Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) swimmers are expected to show respect for parents, team managers and coaches and to the facilities as a club, Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) use and visit.
  3. Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) swimmers are expected to demonstrate a good attitude, set a good example and put effort in to their training and competition. This includes carrying out the training exactly as detailed in the session plan.
  4. All swimmers are expected to remain on poolside until a gala (home or away) has finished to show respect to the other teams.
  5. Bullying, whether physical, verbal or emotional, will not be tolerated by the Club.
  6. All swimmers are expected to follow instructions given by any coach, team manager, or any designated official or club official and to comply with these instructions immediately, without argument or back chat.
  7. All swimmers representing Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) at team galas will swim a minimum of 200m (8 lengths) Frontcrawl before warming up on another stroke. Warm up is run and supervised by the Coaches.
  8. Any form of unreasonable behaviour, not only lets the Club down but yourself and your parents.

Parents Code of Conduct

In accordance with the principles set out in the Sport England Code for Parents we hope all parents will:

  • Remember that children are involved in swimming for their enjoyment and achievement, not yours!
  • Encourage your child/children to learn the rules and train/compete within them.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Praise good behaviour to show that you value it.
  • Help your child/children to recognise good performance, not just results – always look for achievement to praise, however small. Remember, getting a personal best is just as big an achievement as a gold medal.
  • Never force your child/children to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play in training and competition, and applauding the good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for what you perceive as poor performance.
  • Be realistic about your child’s’ ability. Do not over-expect as much harm can be done when children consistently fall short of their parents’ expectations.
  • Remember, children can have ‘off days’ and do not mean to make mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their swimming.
  • Be helpful to your child, but do not coach them. The coaches are there to coach – they have experience and specialist knowledge.
  • Speak to the lane coach before or after a session, with regards to injuries or any concerns you may have.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Encourage and guide your child/children to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

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