Club Policies

This introductory information is to inform you of what the Club can offer and to outline the Club's expectations. Priority is given to Health and Safety and to child protection. The rules we have are, we hope minimal, but essential.

Location: Lancaster and Morecambe Athletic Clubhouse, Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster LA1 5JS


The club welcomes all persons and all abilities from age 8 upwards

The club is affiliated to England Athletics, the governing body for athletics in England. It is also Clubmark accredited.

Child Protection
All coaches are checked regularly by the government's Disclosure and Barring Service {DBS} Also, all coaches have individually signed up to the UK Athletics code of Coaching Conduct. All new members and their Parents/Carers will be issued with a copy of the Club's Child Protection Policy and Procedures if requested or they can be downloaded from bottom of this page.

Health and Safety
Health and safety is taken seriously by the club. Coaches have been trained in risk assessment for their coaching sessions. Risk assessments have been carried out for the clubhouse and facilities. A list of Club first-aiders can be found on the notice board in the Clubhouse, where a first aid kit is also available

A list of Committee Members appears on the web site. It is also displayed in the Clubhouse.

A list of Club coaches can be found in the Clubhouse and on the web site. Coaches are for the disciplines as stated on the notice board in the Clubhouse.


Track and Field – April to September – Mid Lancs League, Northern League, Youth Development Leagues, County, Regional and National Competitions

Road Racing – Various races for club championships, inter-club championships, county and national races including relays. The club organises three road races, - Three Bridges in April, Lancaster 10k in July and the Christmas Fun Run in December

Cross Country – October to March – Mid Lancs League, District, County, Regional and National competitions, including relays.

Fell – Club championship and Clougha Fell Race in May

School and Junior Development
The Club is committed to helping athletics to be offered to as many young people as possible. We work in partnership with many schools, organising after school clubs and taster sessions.. The Club has a partnership agreement with Morecambe High School.

Personal Security

Please do not encourage young people to leave the athletics facility This is particularly important during the winter months. Coaches maintain a register of junior athletes.

Training Equipment / Valuables
Please ensure that equipment is appropriate for the weather and that valuables are kept to a minimum. Clothing which is usually removed (e.g. tracksuits, tops etc.) should be marked with a name. Clothing/valuables not required during training should be stored in the lockers in the clubhouse.
A T-shirt and shorts along with a tracksuit for cooler evenings and a pair of trainers is adequate to start. Eventually you may need spikes or other specialist shoes. If you compete for the club you will require a club vest (cost approx. £15.00). In winter you are advised to bring a hat, gloves and a waterproof jacket. Athletes are advised to bring a bottle of water.

Coaching and Training Sessions

Tuesdays and Thursdays at the clubhouse which is alongside Salt Ayre Athletics Track.
Meet at the Clubhouse – 6.30pm. The duration of sessions varies, but exact times will be given by coaches or leaders of training sessions
Under 11's train on both nights – activities are of a fun nature introducing all athletic disciplines.
11-14 year olds participate in multi discipline activities.
Junior disciplines are mainly sprinting, jumping and middle distance running.
Training sessions are held throughout the year including school holidays.


Junior Club Rules

Lancaster and Morecambe Athletic Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being 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. We encourage openness at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have, about any aspect of the Club with:
The Club's Welfare Officer: Rhoda Bentley
As a member of Lancaster and Morecambe A.C. you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules:
· All members must play within the rules and must respect officials and their decisions.
· All members must respect opponents.
· Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
· You should wear suitable kit appropriate for the weather conditions, as agreed with your coach/team manager.
· You should pay any fees for training or events promptly.
· Junior members are not allowed to smoke, consume drugs or alcohol of any kind on the Club premises, during Club training sessions or whilst representing the Club at competitions.
· No spitting, swearing or fighting.

Breaches in these rules may result in temporary or permanent exclusion from training sessions, competitions or the Club itself.

Code of Conduct for Club Officials, Coaches and Volunteers

Summary of the essence of good ethical conduct and practice
Everyone must:

· Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
· Develop an appropriate working relationship with athletes, 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 the national governing body and the Club.
· Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications.
· Never exert undue influence over athletes to obtain personal benefit or reward.
· Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers

· Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
· Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
· Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
· Never force your child to take part in sport.
· Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performance of all.
· Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
· Publicly accept officials' judgements.
· Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
· Use Correct and proper language at all times.

Lancaster and Morecambe A.C. is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
'Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.'

Lancaster and Morecambe A.C. respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the contest of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/ economic status.

Lancaster and Morecambe A.C. is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to Club disciplinary procedures.


The club constitution can be downloaded and is below with the club privacy policy

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