Goalball UK have devised a set of Code of Conducts that all members associated with Goalball UK must sign and abide by. The list of members who this applies to is coaches, players, young people, parent/carer/ guardian, officials and board members. The Code of Conduct is used in conjunction to our other policies, procedures or recognised standards.

The Codes of Conduct form the ethical philosophy under which the sport operates. They describe the behaviour that is expected of all within goalball in England in line with the values of Goalball UK, to be inclusive, ambitious, professional, excellent, honest, respectful and fair.

All those involved with goalball have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of integrity and to ensure that the reputation of the sport is preserved. Failure to adhere to the Codes of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.

Everyone involved in goalball is expected to adhere to the principles set out in these Codes of Conduct. Some individuals may have multiple roles and are expected to use the respective Code of Conduct for each role.

It is important to note that the Codes of Conduct are expected to be followed by all; whether at a Goalball UK organised competition or a locally organised competition; whether part of the National Squad or playing at a local club; and whether or not a member of Goalball UK.

Allegations of a safeguarding nature, relating to the breaking of these Codes of Conduct, must follow the reporting procedures as contained in the Goalball UK Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

The following Code of Conduct that coaches must accept responsibility for and also sign in order to be allowed to coach are as followed.

All affiliated coaches agree to:


  • Consider the safety and wellbeing of all individuals in their care;
  • Treat everyone with equal respect and sensitivity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political affiliation;
  • Ensure their behaviour is not misconstrued or open to allegations of favouritism, misconduct or impropriety;
  • Follow guidance on good practice when working with young people/vulnerable adults and report any concerns for their wellbeing to the relevant authority or body;
  • Uphold the appropriate boundaries in the working relationship between coach and athlete – especially when one person is aged below 18 years of age or a vulnerable adult. While the coach-athlete relationship exists, the coach is in a position of trust and as such should not engage in any intimate relationship.;
  • Refrain from any rough or sexualised play with young people they are responsible for.
  • Ensure that all training and playing demands are not detrimental to the wellbeing of the players and are reasonable dependent upon the age, maturity, experience and ability of the athlete;
  • Ensure their competence and ability is sufficient so that the safety of athlete is not compromised:
  • Encourage players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance;
  • Be appropriately qualified as per the requirements of Goalball UK and regularly seek opportunities for continued professional development;

The following Code of Conduct that referees/officials must accept responsibility for and also sign in order to be allowed to referee are as followed.

  • Every referee should accept that everyone may play goalball no matter what religion, race, sex, sexual orientation or political view they hold.
  • Referees will not referee their own team this is judged by their affiliation to Goalball UK.
  • Referees must wear appropriate clothing and they should keep it clean. Footwear – referees may wear their own suitable sports shoes when refereeing.
  • In particular the Field of Play should be a calm place for the correct conduct of the game/tournament.
  • Alcohol may only be consumed after the referee has finished his/her duties for the day but only in very moderate quantities. They should always be aware that they must be fit to perform their duties the following day.
  • Referees should not be under the influence of any drugs or medicine which will affect their performance as a referee.
  • Referees should not comment about the play, the players, the organisation, other officials, referees’ decisions on public forums such as Facebook and Twitter, nor should they make comments to the media. If they have a concern this should be reported to the Goalball UK.
  • Duties given to a referee for the tournament must be covered according to the rota given by Goalball UK. The most usual one being a ten second timer but there may be others.  The one exception is for a medical reason when the referee should inform Goalball UK at the earliest opportunity that they are unable to attend.

All affiliated Players agree to:

  • Treat everyone with equal respect and sensitivity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political affiliation;
  • Treat your team-mates and opponents, coaches, and referees  with respect and consideration at all times – treat them as you would like to be treated;
  • Not use foul, sexist, racist language or offensive gestures at any time;
  • Know and abide by the rules and spirit of the sport;
  • Avoid unsportsmanlike behaviour when at tournaments and training;
  • Accept the decisions of the referee without question or complaint (let your coach ask the necessary questions) and avoid words or actions which may mislead any referee;
  • Abide by the instructions of the coach and officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code of Ethics and Conduct or the rules of goalball;
  • Not attempt to improve individual performance with the use of banned substances / techniques;
  • Condemn the use of recreation and performance enhancing drugs and abide by all anti-doping requirements;
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance through the whole game, even if it is considered already over;
  • Learn to accept victory and defeat with humility and dignity and without excessive emotional displays;
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your associates/partners – your associates performance will benefit and so will your own.
  • Be a good sport, applaud all good performance, whether by your associates or by the opponent;
  • At the end of play applaud and thank your opponents and the event officials and shake hands with the opposing team.

Children and young people are expected to:

  • Be loyal and give their friends a second chance.
  • Be friendly and particularly welcoming to new members.
  • Be supportive and committed to other team members, offer comfort when required.
  • Keep yourself safe.
  • Report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations for youth members.
  • Play fairly and be trustworthy.
  • Respect officials and accept decisions.
  • Show appropriate loyalty and be gracious in defeat.
  • Respect opponents.
  • Not cheat or be violent and aggressive.
  • Make your club a fun place to be.
  • Keep within the defined boundary of the playing/coaching area.
  • Behave and listen to all instructions from the coach. Play within the rules and respect the
  • official and their decisions.
  • Show respect to other youth members/leaders and show team spirit.
  • Take care of equipment owned by the club.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability,
  • race, cultural background or religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references. This includes bullying
  • using new technologies like chat-rooms or texting.
  • Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not
  • want to do.
  • Refrain from bullying or persistent use of rough and dangerous play.
  • Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager
  • if they are going to be late.
  • Wear suitable kit; insert a list compulsory items – for training and match sessions, as
  • agreed with the coach/team manager.
  • Pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Not smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
  • Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the
  • club.

Children / Young People have the right to:

  • Be safe and happy in their chosen activity.
  • Be listened to.
  • Be respected and treated fairly.
  • Privacy.
  • Enjoy your sport in a protective environment.
  • Be referred to professional help if needed.
  • Be protected from abuse by other member or outside sources.
  • Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability.
  • Experience competition and the desire to win.
  • Be believed.
  • Ask for help.

Have any concerns taken seriously and acted on.

All family/guardians of participants will:

  • Teach your child/associate to treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political affiliation; gender, ethnic origin or cultural background;
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal, physical and racist abuse from goalball;
  • Not force an unwilling participant to take part in goalball;
  • Remember that young people are involved for their enjoyment – not yours;
  • Encourage all to play by the rules and respect the referee;
  • Never ridicule or shout at a participant for making a mistake or losing a competition;
  • Teach that effort and teamwork are as important as victory, so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment;
  • Remember that young people and vulnerable adults learn best by example;
  • Refrain from publicly questioning the judgement or honesty of referee;
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteers in goalball. They give their time, energy and resources to provide recreational activities for others.

All spectators of events under the jurisdiction of Goalball UK will:

  • Not use offensive, discriminatory or obscene language or gestures. Do not harass or verbally abuse athletes, coaches,  officials or fellow spectators in any form;
  • Treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of age, disability, gender, race, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political affiliation;
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms and refrain from any violent or aggressive behaviour;
  • Show respect for opponents and referees. Without them there would be no competition;
  • Acknowledge good performance and fair play by opponents as well as by your associates;
  • Remember the skaters are taking part for their enjoyment not yours;
  • Do not ridicule athletes who make mistakes;
  • Do not over emphasise the importance of winning;
  • On no account should you enter the rink unless authorised otherwise.