Bullying is when someone is intentionally hurting you or making you feel upset, and this can happen in person or online (cyberbullying). It is important to understand that bullying can take many forms and can happen at home, in school, at football or online.
Hitting, kicking, slapping, punching, spitting, tipping, pushing, stealing or destroying possessions
Name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, innapropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm
Lying or spreading rumours, leaving someone out on purpose, telling others not to be friends with someone, embarrassing someone in public.
Posting/sending hurtful texts, emails or posts, images or videos, making online threats, deliberately excludingg others online, spreading nasty rumours.
THESE BEHAVIOURS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
Everyone invovled in football has the right to a positive and enjoyable experience. To ensure this is the case, The FAW and your football club do not accept any form of bullying. It is important that:
If you feel that you are being bullied at your club by your coaches or teammates or even by someone outside of football such as in school or at home, it’s important that you speak to someone you trust, such as:
At football, your club will have a club Safeguarding Officer in place who is there to listen to you and support you so you can always talk to them. If you do not know who your club Safeguarding Officer is, please ask your coach who they are or contact a member of the FAW Safeguarding Team on 02920 435 830 or via email- firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not feel comfortable to talk to someone you know, you can visit Childline and they will be able to give you support and provide you with guidance, such as:
Its important that you talk to someone and you do not allow the bullying to carry on.
It is never okay for you to bully somone, whether this be at football, at home or in school and you should certainly look to improve your behaviour.
Firstly, well done for understanding that your behaviour is bullying and is unacceptable. The next thing to do is to take important steps to change the negative behaviour. You can talk to a person you trust or your club Safeguarding Officer if you would like guidance and support to do this.
Childline have also provided the following steps that you can take:
At football, you should look to adhere to your player code of conduct to ensure bullying does not occur. Your code of conduct states the following:
To see your full code of conduct, please go to your code of conduct section.