Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) operates under a number of VAFA policies as well as some club-specific policies.
The VAFA policies, which include Spectator and Player Codes of Conduct, Alcohol, Smokefree and Gambling policies, can be found here: http://www.vafa.com.au/club-info/vafa-policies/
Fitzroy's club policies can be opened below:
This Code of Conduct applies to all Officials, Players, Volunteers, Members and Supporters of the Fitzroy Football Club and should be read in conjunction with the policies of the VAFA available at http://www.vafa.com/club-info/vafa-policies/.
The objective of the Code is to is to ensure that all associated with the club conduct themselves in a fair and generous manner, at all times respecting umpires and opposition players, officials and supporters, whilst recognising the principle of fair play and the need to promote the game of football and its parent body, the VAFA.
The Club is committed to ensuring safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all people involved in the Club.
All must conduct themselves in a manner so as not to bring the VAFA, the Club and members of the community into disrepute. Inappropriate behaviour could result in sanctions to be determined by the Club’s Committee.
This applies to behaviour which:
Examples of behaviour which brings the Club into disrepute includes:
All must show due regard for the property and facilities of the Club and the property, facilities and staff of other providers that are used during any authorised activities. Where a person breaches this provision, he or she may be subject to disciplinary action.
All associated with the club are to not engage in any negative or harmful commentary towards others associated with the Club or the VAFA on any social media platforms. This includes posting statuses, images and/or comments.
AFL Illicit Drugs Policy and AFL Anti-Doping Code prohibit the taking of illicit and/or performance- enhancing substances. Any person found to be using or distributing illegal substances on the Club premises and at any time while representing the Club will be subject to disciplinary action.
Complaints Handling Process
Any complaints alleging a breach of the Code of Conduct will be treated very seriously and investigated. The FFC Board will decide whether any disciplinary action is taken and will communicate its decision to the relevant people involved.
While the vast majority of players registered by the Fitzroy Football Club (FFC) are over 18 years old, some teams include players who have not turned 18.
The Fitzroy FC seeks to ensure that all players feel safe and included but acknowledges that special effort must be made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players under the age of 18, who are training and playing alongside older players.
The Club has developed a Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework which meets the Victorian Government’s Child Safety Standards and AFL Victoria’s Safeguarding Children and Young People approach. The Framework includes our Club's Policy, appointment of a Child Safety Officer each season and our Declaration below.
In 2023, the Club's Safeguarding Officer is Sophie Arnold, Director of Governance. Sophie can be contacted via email@example.com or 0421 214 334.
Safeguarding Children and Young People Declaration
The safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a key priority of the Fitzroy Football Club and we hereby declare our commitment to creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all children and young people to participate in football.
To achieve this, our Club is committed to implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Code of Conduct, Complaints and Reporting Procedure policies. These policies and procedures will help meet the requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and will:
Our Club has zero tolerance for any form of child abuse or harm and will act quickly and in the best interest of the child or young person should an allegation of harm or abuse occur. Our Club commits to:
Fitzroy Football Club does not allow the use, distribution or selling of illegal drugs by any club member or any visitors within our club’s
jurisdiction. This policy reflects our club’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all persons associated with the club and
all persons in attendance at club activities.
Purpose of this policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the club committee and club members understand the club’s position regarding illegal drugs and how it will respond to a drug-related incident within its jurisdiction.
Extent of this policy
This policy refers to illegal drugs only, which is defined as “a substance that is not permitted to be taken or used according to state or national laws such as cannabis (marijuana), amphetamines (speed and “ice”), ecstasy, cocaine, heroin and a range of new psycho-active substances known as synthetic drugs.”
This policy does not apply to pharmaceutical drugs or performance enhancing drugs (unless they are captured in the above definition).
This policy should be read and understood in conjunction with the club’s code of conduct.
When does this policy apply?
This policy applies whenever the individual is taking part in activities under the club’s jurisdiction. This includes our club’s facilities, games, matches, training, events and trips organised by the club.
Private behaviour of members is not included in this policy as the club cannot be responsible for the behaviour of its members outside our club’s jurisdiction;
however, this policy will apply whenever an individual is wearing a part of the official club uniform which would identify them as being a representative
of the club.
Who does this policy apply to?
All club members and visitors to our club.
Our club will:
Responding to illegal drugs
Investigating the concern or incident
The committee will investigate all illegal drug-related concerns or incidents in a timely and discreet manner.
Once all relevant facts and circumstances are known, the president will recommend appropriate approaches and/or disciplinary measures to the club Board
based on the guiding principles outlined in this policy.
When responding to an illegal drug-related concern or incident, the responses by the club will focus on the safety and welfare of those directly and indirectly involved. All responses will reflect the club’s duty of care to members and visitors.
All illegal drug-related concerns or incidents should be discussed with the club’s president as soon as possible. The president will document the issue using the incident register and investigate the concern/incident further. In the event that the president is not available, another club official may substitute for them.
If illegal drugs are being distributed or sold on the club’s premises by a member or visitor of any age, the President may contact the local police to seek their advice.
If illegal drugs are found within the club’s jurisdiction the president may contact local police to seek their advice and expertise on how they can be
disposed of safely.
Illegal drug use by a member under 18 years
Where the club identifies that a person under the age of 18 years is involved in illegal drug use the Fitzroy Football Club will:
Non-compliance with policy
Our club will respond to all breaches of this policy. Any disciplinary measures imposed under our policy must:
Examples of breaches of policy:
1. If a member sells or distributes illegal drugs in the club’s jurisdiction, the following will occur:
2. If a member is found in possession of an illegal drug, the following will occur:
3. If a member is found using drugs, or is affected by the use of illegal drugs under the club’s jurisdiction:
All contact with the media related to a drug-related allegation or incident within its jurisdiction will be managed by the club’s official spokesperson.
The Fitzroy Football Club recognizes that passive smoking is hazardous to health and those non-smoking club members and visitors have the right to be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all club facilities, functions, meetings and activities undertaken by the club and will apply to all members, officials, players and club visitors.
All club facilities are to be completely smoke free and shall include:
Cigarettes will not be sold (including vending machines) at any time at or by the club.
Players, Officials & Coaches
Coaches, players, trainers, volunteers and officials will refrain from smoking while involved in an official game day capacity for the club. They will be permitted to smoke in a designated area away from supporters, players, staff and buildings only during official breaks and shall not be late returning to their duties as a result.
All club functions including social and fund raising events and meetings are to be completely smoke free:
All club functions held away from the club facilities are to be completely smoke free and shall require an assurance from the venue management of compliance with the club policy before a booking is confirmed by:
Invitations and advertising for functions, meetings and events will be promoted as smoke free.
The purpose of this policy is to
A sponsorship is about relationship building and can be a powerful way to build and strengthen partnerships. It is recognised that such alliances can provide important financial and marketing support to potential partners the Fitzroy Football Club (FFC) while at the same time generate additional revenues to support FFC’s Purpose and Vision.
The fundamental principles that shape FCC’s relationships with sponsors are:
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