A Kids First Club will:

  • Provide children with a safe, healthy and positive environment
  • Endeavour to apply and support the Core Values of the game
  • Adopt and robustly support the Ruckley Sticker Book Programme
  • Ensure that children have fun without pressure, harassment or abuse from adults
  • Publish the KIDS FIRST Manifesto on its website and direct parents and coaches to it
  • Utilise the KIDS FIRST Development Framework
  • Enrol on the KIDS FIRST Programme and ensure that coaches attend the relevant KIDS FIRST courses
  • Support KIDS FIRST coaches in fulfilling their roles
  • Acknowledge good practice and challenge less than good practice
  • Ensure parents are conversant with, and adhere to, the Parent Code of Conduct.

A Kids First coach will:

  • Treat every child with respect and dignity
  • Set a good example of conduct, attitude and behaviour
  • Attend the KIDS FIRST courses and workshops
  • Have knowledge of, and be conversant with, the principles of the KIDS FIRST Programme
  • Work with the KIDS FIRST Development Framework
  • Utilise the KIDS FIRST Coaching Cards
  • Apply the principles contained within the KIDS FIRST Manifesto
  • Value qualities beyond winning and promote a love of the game, teamwork and connection with the club
  • Emphasise progress and not outcome
  • Provide equal opportunity for every child to participate in coaching sessions and competition
  • Endeavour to build the confidence and self-esteem of every child in every session
  • Encourage problem solving and creativity
  • Plan and prepare thoroughly for each session and use the Ruckley Sticker Books to reward and highlight progress for
    children in the key areas:

    • Core Values
    • Social and Personal Development
    • Physical and Movement Development
    • Game Understanding
    • Skill Focus
  • Place the needs and interests of each child above those of the sport
  • Encourage all children to play to the rules and show respect to the opposition, officials and coach
  • Acknowledge and reward effort and improvement, not just winning.