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Club Rules


These rules may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the committee. All changes will be publicised to members.

Serious disregard or breaches of these rules reported to the committee may result in the offending member being expelled from the club. The Club’s disciplinary procedure will be applied.


1. Members agree not to bring the Club into disrepute.

2. Members agree to abide by these rules and the Club’s Code of Conduct (Annex A to these rules) as a condition of membership

3. Members must abide by the rules and articles of British Triathlon.

Parents and Carers

1. All Parents and Carers of Club junior members agree to abide by the Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers (Annex C to these rules) as a condition of membership.

Training (Club Organised Activities)


1. The local swimming pool rules must be adhered to.

2. Members must not enter water until appropriate number of lifeguards is in place for all swim sessions.

3. In open water members must make themselves aware of all specific dangers relating to the chosen location.  Members must take their own appropriate safety precautions, and ensure reasonable safety cover is in place.

4. Members must not swim in prohibited areas.


1. Helmets must be worn and meet ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or equivalent standard.

2. Cyclists must obey the Highway Code.

3. Cyclists must be courteous to other road users.


1. Members must have due regard for, and be courteous to, pedestrians, dog walkers and other legitimate users of foot paths, roads and bridleways, and any other users of the land.


1. Members must obey all rules relating to the event they are competing in and compete in a sportsmanlike manner.

2. Members who compete in Club races must attend the race briefing and abide by any additional requirements introduced by the race organiser.

3. Members who compete in Club competitions are expected to observe the rules above for each discipline as if it were a training session, in particular adherence to the Highway Code and respect for other road and path users, and to compete with due care for their own safety and those of the public.

4. Members who compete in Club competitions agree to volunteer in at least one club organised event during that calendar year.

5. All officials and volunteers of Club events agree to abide by the Triathlon England Code of Conduct for Club/Event Officials and Volunteers (Annex B to these rules)

Annex A to Club Rules



is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with any member of the Club Committee

As a member of FARNHAM TRIATHLON CLUB you are expected to abide by the following members’ code of conduct:

All members must play within the rules and respect coaches, Club and race officials and their decisions.

All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Members should keep to the agreed timings for training sessions and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late.

Members must support and encourage good practice and correct actions at all times.

Members must wear suitable kit for training sessions as agreed with the coach.

Members are expected to pay with the required number of tokens before the start of each session and race.

Members are not allowed to smoke whilst representing the club.

Members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind whilst representing the club.

Members are encouraged to communicate with coaches, Club officials and all other Club members.

Annex B to Club Rules


The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All FARNHAM TRIATHLON

CLUB Officials and Volunteers must:

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes, officials and volunteers at all times.

• Provide equal opportunity to everyone, regardless of age, sex, ethnic origin, religion, political persuasion, sexual orientation or physical disability.

• Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.

• Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect.

• Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.

• Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play).

• Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.

• Follow all guidelines laid down by British Triathlon and the Race Organiser or Triathlon Club.

Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.

• Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.

• Encourage performers to value their performances and not just results.

Report any discriminatory, offensive or violent behaviour to the event organiser who will ensure that it is properly investigated and if appropriate, the Club’s disciplinary procedures are applied.

Annex C to Club Rules


FARNHAM TRIATHLON CLUB is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour and conduct at all Triathlon, duathlon and related multi-sport events.

The British Triathlon ‘Code of Conduct for parents and carers’ summarises the essence of good ethical conduct and practice within Triathlon. This applies not only to parents, but also to guardians, carer’s, families and spectators alike.

All such individuals have a responsibility to act with integrity, in accordance with the standards set by British Triathlon below. The Club has zero tolerance for discriminatory, offensive and violent behaviour; any complaints will be acted upon under the procedures of our Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy.

Code of Conduct

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, within the context of the Triathlon.

Treat everyone equally and sensitively, and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Encourage your child to learn the British Triathlon rules and compete within them.

Publicly accept officials’ judgements and abide by their instructions, providing they do not contradict the spirit of this code.

Teach your child to respect the event officials and other competitors.

Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results to avoid undue disappointment.

Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.

Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.

Remember that the aim of Triathlon is for the children to have fun, improve and feel good.

Set a good example by applauding all good performance, whether by your child or by another.

Use correct and proper language at all times.

Remember that young people learn best by example.

Recognise the value and importance or volunteers, coaches, referee’s and event organisers – it is their time and dedication that keeps the sport alive.

Young people are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment – not yours, so do not force your child to take part.

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