CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

Tennis Spelthorne (Spelthorne Community Tennis Centre) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. Tennis Spelthorne believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/guardians associated with the tennis club or venue should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, if anyone have any concerns or complaints please feel free to share them with STEVE SAVAGE Office: 07956 493529

When your child attends Tennis Spelthorne you are expected to abide by the following code of practice;

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them.
  • Always ensure your child has adequate adult supervision at all times whilst on the premises. Other adult players are there not to supervise and may leave early
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognize good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognizing fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept judgments made by officials.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Allow your child to play in the Mini Tennis colour stage that is appropriate to them. This will ensure they enjoy playing the game, develop their skills and gain confidence.
  • Purchase balls and rackets that match the stage your child is in.
  • Be patient. Steady progression is unusual in children; peaks and plateaus are common.
  • Your first question following any match should be; “Did you enjoy it?” not “Did you win?”

At no stage should you communicate with your child or interfere with the on-court helpers and referees during a match – just enjoy the game and let officials take care of the rules!