Club Welfare Officer - Stay safe and have fun in rowing

Mike Gipson Trent Rowing Club Welfare Officer

Information for young people

When you're rowing, you have a right to have fun and stay safe.  Don't let anyone spoil it.  Here's some information about what you and your coach need to do to have fun and stay safe in rowing.  Your club is there to help you learn the sport safely and enjoy it.

What does this mean for me?

It means my coaches respecting me as a person by:

  • Treating me as an individual
  • Not bullying me to make me do things
  • Putting my needs before winning or achieving goals
  • Explaining when they need to have physical contact with me to show me a technique in rowing,  (if you are not comfortable with physical contact you have a right to say no)
  • Not speaking to me in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable
  • Making sure equipment is safe for me to use
  • Being a good role model
  • Making rowing fun!

(See also Trent Rowing Club Code of Conduct - Club Officials and Volunteers displayed in the boathouse)

You the rower

Just as your coach has responsibilities to make rowing fun and safe, so do you!

What does this mean to me?

This means respecting the people who are there to teach me about the sport, as well as other rowers by:

  • Accepting what the coach asks me to do within the rules of rowing
  • Being prepared and on time for training and competitions
  • Doing my very best at all times
  • Not making insulting comments or swearing at the coach or other helpers at the club (think about what you say and do on the internet - the whole world can see your online profiles, blog or photos!)
  • Never bullying the other rowers (bullying means things like name calling, hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging belonging, spreading rumours, making threats or sending nasty texts or emails)
  • Telling my parent carer or coach where I am or if I'm going to be late

(See also Trent Rowing Club Code of Conduct - Members displayed in the boathouse)

Not forgetting parents and helpers...

Parents and helpers are there to support you.  They should:

  • Never argue with the umpire, his/her decision is final
  • Be enthusiastic, get involved and cheer, but not embarress you
  • Not take or publish photos of you without permission
  • Support me and respect everyone nearby

(See also Trent Rowing Club Code of Conduct - Parents/Guardians displayed in the boathouse)

Worried about something, don't keep it to yourself!

There is someone you can turn to.  You could speak to an adult you know and trust such as a parent, teacher, your Club Welfare Officer (Mike Gipson), your coach, a school counsellor, a doctor or school nurse.  

All British Rowing clubs with junior members must have a named person responsible for junior member's welfare.  The welfare officer for Trent Rowing Club is Mike Gipson (07882 068 504),  Mike says that his "job is to make sure that Trent Rowing Club is following the guidelines which British Rowing issue about looking after the welfare of young people.  This means that I make sure that anybody who works with you are suitable to do so".  Mike says that he "has to make sure that the club keeps useful details about junior members so that in an emergency the club can contact your Mum, Dad or legal guardian".  Mike also says that "if any of the junior members have any worries or concerns either wthin the club or outside of the club then please feel free to share them with me".

If you feel you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline confidentially on 0800 11 11 or visit their website

Other useful links

British Rowing

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