Standard Club Rules

These rules form a binding agreement between each member of the BICFA programme.

1. Name “Bristol Inner City Football Academy” (BICFA)

2. Affiliation to the Gloucester County Football Association

3. Objectives

The objectives of Bristol Inner City shall be to provide facilities, promote the game of Association Football, to provide a course of structured weekly coaching sessions to promote individual player development and understanding of the game of football during a specified period determined by the Management. To include a games programme and social activities when appropriate for its members and community participation in the same.

4. Status of Rules

These rules (the “BICFA Rules”), Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy as shall be in place from time to time. Form a binding agreement between each member of the BICFA programme.

5. Rules and Regulations

(a) The members of BICFA shall so exercise their rights, powers and duties and shall, where appropriate use their best endeavours to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affairs of BIC are carried out in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), County Football Associations to which BICFA is affiliated and Competitions in which BICFA may participate.
(b) No alteration to the BICFA Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserve the right to approve any proposed changes to the BICFA Rules.
(c) BICFA will also abide by The FA’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures.
(d) Save as provided for in the Rules and Regulations of The FA, the Parent County Association and any applicable Competition, the Management Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the BICFA Rules.

6. BIC Soccer Skills Membership

(a) The members of BICFA from time to time shall be those persons listed in the register of members (the “Membership Register”) which shall be maintained by the BICFA Secretary.
(b) Any person who wishes to be a member must apply on the Membership Application Form and deliver it to BICFA. Election to membership shall be at the discretion of the BICFA Management and granted in accordance with the anti-discrimination and equality policies which are in place from time to time. An appeal against refusal may be made to the Academy Management in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time.
(c) On successful election to the BICFA programme the member will be assured of their place at their Centre of Coaching and entered on the Members Register.
(d) In the event of a member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name shall be removed from the Membership Register.
(e) The FA and Parent County Association shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand.

7. Annual Membership Fee + Academy & Development Fee

(a) An annual fee payable by each member shall be determined from time to time by the BICFA and set at a level that will not pose a significant obstacle to community participation. Any fee shall be payable on a successful application for membership and annually by each member.
(b) BICFA weekly fees shall be payable monthly i.e. Weekly fee times the number of weeks in any given month or part of. Payment due on the 1st of each Month. All fees are an assurance of a members place, not their attendance and are therefore non refundable. All weekly fees are due monthly in advance.
(c) BICFA shall have, after consultation with its Membership, the authority to levy further subscriptions from the members as are reasonably necessary to fulfil the objectives of the Academy.

8. Resignation and Expulsion

(a) A member shall cease to be a member of BICFA if, and from the date on which, he/she gives notice to BICFA Management of his/her resignation.
(b) Any fees not received on the 1st of each Month and remain unpaid for 14 days thereafter, the member shall be deemed to have defaulted and resigned. Fees for the unpaid month remain outstanding and immediately due.
(c) A member whose annual membership fee is more than two (2) weeks in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned.
(d) Three (3) weeks non-attendance of a member at their Centre of Coaching, without notifying the BICFA Management, shall be deemed to have resigned.
(e) Any member resigning without notifying the BICFA Management shall be liable for one month fees, plus a £10 administration cost.
(f) Cheque payments are accepted by BICFA with due courtesy and trust towards its member. Any member breaching this trust by means of their bank not honouring the members personal or business cheque stall be deemed in serious breach of this Code of Practice. The member shall immediately make good their payment default and shall pay an additional £10 administration cost.
(d) The BICFA Management shall have the power to expel a member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interests of BICFA or its membership for them to remain a member. An appeal against such a decision may be made to the BICFA Management in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time.
(e) A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the income and assets of BICFA (the “BICFA” Property).

9. Code of Conduct for Coaches

Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.

Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.

It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a “win-at-all-costs” attitude.

Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach or parent.

Set out below is The FA Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching:

1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
8. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
10. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
12. Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.

10. Players’ Code of Conduct

  • Always be punctual and ready to start your session
  • Always give your best no matter what
  • Always show respect to your fellow players
  • Always respect the decisions of your coaching staff, remember they are trying to help you and will only succeed if you are wiling to learn
  • Always respect the equipment and facilities you are using
  • Always believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Always remember, making a mistake is not a crime, but an opportunity to learn
  • Remember the rules of BICFA are there to provide a safe environment to help you to learn and have fun

11. Parents’ Code of Conduct

We, at BICFA whole heartedly encourage parental involvement and will in no way deter your support. However, please re-spect we are looking to create an environment where your child can relax and enjoy learning new or perfecting skills without the pressure of doing so to please you or us.

These guidelines are designed to ensure your child receives the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Parents are more than welcome to watch the sessions, however they must remain off the playing facility and behind the barriers (If provided.)

Law 3 of The FA Youth System requires silent sidelines. Therefore spectators are encouraged to applaud both teams (e.g. clap when a goal is scored by either team) but must not shout or call out.

Parents, please do not coach or shout instructions or encouragement to players during sessions and match days, they will learn quicker from their mistakes, if they are allowed to make the decisions.

Parent must ensure their child does not play whilst injured or feeling unwell. Please inform the Academy if this is the case.

Parents must respect the professional opinion of the BICFA FA/UEFA qualified coach. Their opinion or advice will be given, and have, your child’s best interests at heart. (see Coaches’ Code of Conduct)

If your child has been hurt, please do not enter the playing area. The other children will not be aware of you and therefore avoids any child being hurt by virtue they ran into an adult entering the playing area. The Management & Coaches know you will have the best intentions, but please let the coaching staff do what they have been trained to do.

Parents must advise the BICFA Management if their child no longer wishes to continue with BICFA. This ensures other children are not disadvantaged. Don’t let your decision for your child, effect the needs of another parents child. (See Standard Club Rule 8 (e))

Any player leaving without providing this very basic courtesy will no longer be considered for any future involvement or event organised by BICFA.

BICFA Respects the decisions parents make for their child. BICFA only ask in return, to be advised of these decisions, when it effects the organisation of BICFA and the commitment and progression of children who have BICFA membership.

Please ensure all Fees are paid on time. We are a non-profit making programme and can only keep these fees to a minimum, if everybody plays their part. (see Standard Club Rule 7 & 8)

Parents are advised that their child brings the following to each session:

  • Shin pads
  • Appropriate footwear – training shoes for the Sports Hall, astro shoes for astro pitch facilities or football boots for grass or other suited facilities.
  • Tracksuit and waterproof top in case of inclement weather (Holiday courses or on notification of sessions using outdoor facilities.
  • Plenty of un-carbonated fluid.
  • Light sugar free snack (fruit is ideal).
  • Inhaler or other medication as prescribed by your child’s doctor when taking physical exercise.

Your child has chosen to embark on this method of training and through their efforts have been selected for membership of Bristol Inner City Football Academy. We already know that they are a willing player and with this in mind, we are confident that a member of staff will build on the solid foundation they already have. Your full support in these matters can only have a positive effect.