Ryde Saints Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care. We are committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members and equally committed to fully supporting the Hampshire FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy, which is detailed below. Ryde Saints accept that the key principles apply to everyone involved at the club; from paid staff through to volunteers, from players and coaches through to supporters, and including those who assist on case-by-case matters.
Every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved at Ryde Saints and beyond, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The Hampshire Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy.
Ryde Saints and The Hampshire Football Association recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people who play or participate in football by protecting them from abuse and harm. The Hampshire Football Association is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so. Ryde Saints recognise that enjoyable and safe environments require policies and procedures in relation to anti-bullying, health and safety, equality, recruitment of volunteers, whistle blowing and complaints. Ryde Saints has a formally approved policy in each of these areas. They are attached below and all members are encouraged to be familiar with them. Further information on the topic of whistle blowing can be found at:
Ryde Saints have a formal Welfare Sub-Committee, the lead of which is Club Welfare Officer Dave Sweet. Dave will be at some youth team games in person and can be emailed at emailed at CWO.Ryde.Saints@Gmail.com. You can find the contact details of all youth coaches and Welfare Sub-Committee members here.
Ryde Saints also recognise the value in hearing the opinions of our young players. Our 'Youth Voice' programme means that any young player or their parent/guardians can give feedback to our Youth Coaches Sub-Committee at any time. Any young player, parent or guardian can also use the Anonymous Suggestion Boxes managed by club secretary Jayden Frankling. This programme is one of our ongoing commitments to the players and Hampshire FA, which are summarised here: