Code of Conduct

What We Expect From You

VCL has been built on a culture of participation and friendship.  Joining VCL is a commitment to the club.  We are not looking for people who will join for a season & then move on elsewhere, though if you have the opportunity to progress your cycling career then you will have our total backing to move on, whilst retaining an association with the club.

VCL participates competitively in track, road, cyclocross and mountain biking. We therefore expect our members to compete in all these events solely in the name and jersey of the club.  Exceptions to this are for one off events agreed with a member of the clubs management or when riding for a national or regional team.

We have members spread across the country, and fully appreciate not everyone can attend every club activity or event.  But members are expected to participate in as many club activities and events as they can and form an involvement with the club and all its members.  We also encourage all members to help with running the club, events and Herne Hill Velodrome.

VCL is reliant on members volunteering to help at events. The volunteering efforts help make the club great and have the ability to put on social events, club rides, races etc. All members are requested to sign up for volunteering when possible. Volunteering roles can vary from sign on, admin, marshalling etc. and knowledge of cycling is not always required. Young members are encouraged to volunteer where possible too. Events requiring volunteers will be posted on the VCL my clubhouse portal

Code of Conduct for Members

  • As a member of the club you are expected to abide by the following code by:
  • Arriving for training and competition in good time to prepare properly
  • Wearing suitable kit (including a helmet) and clothing for all cycling activity sessions, as agreed with the coach
  • Warming up and cooling down properly
  • Playing within the rules and respecting officials and all their decisions
  • Being a good sport by applauding all good performances, whether they are made by your club or the opposition
  • Controlling your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and other riders, or deliberately distracting/provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour
  • Working equally hard for yourself and your club – your club’s performance will benefit, and so will you
  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion
  • Paying any fees promptly
  • Not taking performance enhancing drugs
  • Not smoking on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions
  • Thanking officials and opponents after competition
  • Abiding by the rule that junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club’s premises or whilst representing the club
  • Treating all participants in cycling as you like to be treated – not bullying or taking unfair advantage of another participant
  • Cooperating with your coach, club-mates and opponents – without them there would be no competition

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers, Non-Club Coaches and Other Supporters

As a parent/carer and/or coach of a member of the club, you are expected to abide by the following code by:

  • Informing the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of your child in advance of the coaching session by completion of a Club Membership form or a Parental Consent form
  • Advising the coach if your child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other than a parent/carer, giving details of the arrangement including who will be collecting your child, when and at what time
  • Encouraging your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discouraging unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Helping your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Setting a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punishing or abusing a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accepting officials’ judgments and teaching children to do likewise
  • Supporting your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Using correct and proper language at all times
  • Remembering that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Supporting all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, disability, cultural background or religion
  • Showing appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators. Remember, without them, your child could not participate