PCFC Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct sets out the expectations of all parents/guardians, players, coaches, volunteers, and club members of Papakura City Football Club (PCFC). 

Football plays a vital role in encouraging physical, social, and emotional growth for children.  It is therefore essential for parents, coaches, and officials to encourage their football players to embrace the values of good sportsmanship, discipline, and character development.

We expect everyone to meet the following requirements regarding their conduct during any activity held at, or on behalf of PCFC in any role they hold. This is a guide and is by no means an exhaustive list.

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others including adopting practices that encourage greater diversity and inclusion across sport, be that in terms of gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Recognise that diversity and inclusion mean that anyone should be encouraged and able to participate and enjoy sport without prejudice and in a welcoming, inclusive & safe environment.
  2. Be fair, considerate, and honest in all dealings with others and be a positive role model.
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, their actions.
  4. Make a commitment to providing a welcoming & quality service.
  5. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to the standards, rules, regulations, and policies of PCFC.
  6. Do not use their involvement with PCFC or affiliated associations to promote their own beliefs, behaviours, or practices where these are inconsistent with those of PCFC.
  7. Refrain from any behaviour that may bring PCFC into disrepute or jeopardise the reputation of the club.
  8. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  9. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  10. Understand the repercussions if they breach, or are aware of any breaches of, this code of behaviour.


Code of Conduct for PCFC Players 


Welcome to PCFC!  We hope this will be a start of a long and enjoyable football journey.  To get the best from your football time with us, we expect you to:


  1. Have fun!
  2. Be a good sport (win or lose); Be honest, fair, and always show good sportsmanship to all coaches, players, officials, parents, and fans by demonstrating good sportsmanship’s at every game and training.
  3. Learn the value of commitment to the team.  You will attend every practice and game that you can and will notify your coach if you cannot.
  4. Put personal goals aside for the betterment of the team.
  5. Show courtesy and respect to teammates, opponents, and coaches.
  6. Not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct.
  7. Not engage in rude behaviour.
  8. Treat everyone, including coaches, parent, players, and officials with respect.
  9. Wear appropriate attire.
  10. Let your coach know if you are injured or feel sick.
  11. Respect game day etiquette.


Code of conduct for Parents / Guardians


As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in supporting your child within football, and you can have a tremendous impact on your child’s own experiences.


Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or training will be asked to leave the sports facility and could be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.


 In supporting your child with their football, we expect you to:

  1. Let the coach or team manager know before training commences if your child will be absent or late unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  2. Acknowledge and respect the coach’s advice in relation to your child’s training and raise any questions with them in a constructive manner.
  3. Be a positive role model for your child and encourage good sportsmanship by showing respect and demonstrating positive support for all players, officials, coaches, and spectators both at training and on game day.
  4. Respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak to coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  5. Inform your coach if your child has an injury or an ailment that may affect their training or game day performance. Seek further professional treatment is necessary.
  6. Support your child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  7. Support your child to know that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that your child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or their performance.
  8. Praise your child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make your child feel like a winner every time.

Breaches of code of conduct:


If a player or parent/guardian breaches this code of conduct:

  1. The Coach will warn the player or their parent/guardian that they are in breach of their responsibilities and, if necessary, arrange for a meeting with that player and their parent / guardian to discuss further action (which may include removal from team/club)
  2. Should the player or their parent/guardian be dissatisfied with the decision of the Coach, then the matter should be addressed with our Director of Football in the first instance.  If necessary, the Director of Football will arrange for a meeting with the player, their parent/guardian, and the Club President (or their delegate).