INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Welcome to Ilkley Rugby Club. You are as welcome here as your children are. You can join the Club as an individual member, either patron or social, or with a family membership. Whichever way you choose you will enjoy being a part of your rugby Club. Please read the instructions to players section above carefully. Two points which you must note: only paid up members can play, and kit is only lost kit if it is unnamed. To get the most of your child’s experience at Ilkley you can volunteer to help in some way or other. The more volunteers we have, the less there is for everyone else to do. Here are some important areas where help is always needed:
Transport to away matches. Your car space is important.
Join the coaching team. We will train you to train the youngsters and the club will pay for RFU coaching courses.
Support and encourage your child and his/her team
First aid cover where we will pay for you to attend a First Aid course
Duty Officer to fulfil your team’s rota requirements
Please ensure we are aware of any condition relevant to your child. If we are aware we can take appropriate action.
We pride ourselves at Ilkley Rugby Club on being welcoming and supporting each other and visiting teams. One way we do this is through the Duty Officer, who gets the club ready for play – unlocking gates, putting up the pitch allocation; and supervises car parking and deals with any emergencies. The club is run by parents so this is a voluntary duty so please get in touch if you are able to volunteer one Sunday in the season. Contact Joanna Yarinakis (firstname.lastname@example.org). A rota across all the age groups is in place for filling the Duty Officer role and we are always looking for volunteers and a massive “Thank You” to the fine work done by these people.
Rugby is a contact sport and there will inevitably be some knocks during the season. We do not have many but if we do here are the guidelines
Stay calm but act quickly to assess the situation
Alert your team first-aider. Every team has at least one first aider and your coach will know who it is.
If there is no one available for the team, seek assistance from the duty first aider (you can contact them via the Duty Officer wearing a high viz jacket).
Support the first aider in the decisions he/she makes. He or she will decide if you need to call the emergency services.
Ensure the rest of the players are adequately supervised.
For every incident an accident form must be completed and signed by the parent or adult responsible for the child and the first aid attending. These are in the team first aid bag and in the medical room.
Each team has a first aid bag containing essentials for minor injuries. You can also use the medical room if required.
Some spare supplies are available in the medical room.
Visiting teams should have their own first aider, but we offer support if required and we still fill in an incident form.
There is a community defibrillator in the clubhouse which is designed to be used by anyone if the need arises.
Finally we are always looking for First Aiders and the Club will provide first aid training. If you are willing to be a first aider for your team please let your coach know.
Please contact either:
Anthea Mould 07973 892843
Becky Malby 07974 777309
FIXTURES & TRAVEL
The fixture list contained in the club directory is subject to change. Keep an eye on the notice board. Never travel away direct without first informing your child’s coach/manager.
We are very much in favour of teams organising a Rugby Tour and we regularly see some very successful ones each season which can simply involve only one night away. We receive invites to competitions and festivals during the season which can be used to form a tour. It is a great way to get to know each other and the players have a great time where the bonding certainly shows up back on the pitch. All we ask for is to make sure the tour is registered by you Coach/Admin with Yorkshire RFU and that all usual safeguarding applies and of course the club is represented by all with the normal high standards.
Coaches will maintain an attendance register. Regular attendance helps both the coach and the team, but most important helps your child’s progress. If your child can’t attend, let the coach or manager know. Do not let players play if they are carrying an injury. If in doubt, ask.
If fixtures or training are in doubt please contact your coach or administrator for guidance. If the weather turns nasty please do not travel direct to an away ground without checking.
The Club is fortunate to have a volunteer photographer (www.ruggerpix.com). From time to time action shots from matches or training sessions may be taken and may be posted on the Club website or supplied to the press. Team photographs are also taken and distributed (at a small cost) to members of those teams. We recognize that photography can be a sensitive issue. There is a separate policy statement on the subject
Dogs need to be kept under control and at all times on a lead as some children are frightened by them. Please make sure you clear up any dog mess.
The Club’s car park is recently vastly improved. Park sensibly. Overflow parking is on Brook Street and (with thanks) in the Cricket Club. There are single yellow lines outside the club grounds which are operative for the months of May to September and parking tickets are regularly issued to offenders.
CLUBHOUSE, CHANGING ROOMS AND GROUNDS
Cleaning and maintenance costs the Club a lot of money. Do your best to keep it up to the standard we require and you would expect. It is volunteers who have to clean up any mess! There are boot brushes around the clubhouse and please use these before entering the Club. If your child has got dirty kit then get them to change or cover up with a tracksuit before bringing them in.
There are always sponsorship opportunities for sets of shirts or tracksuits etc. See Kelvin Dobson, Andy Graham or your age group manager if you or your firm is able to help. To sponsor the Club with either a signboard or advertisement in the programme/handbook cover call:
Richard Scargill (sponsor boards) 01943 862983
David Sayers (programme) 01943 603367
Ilkley Rugby Club is powered by volunteers, without them there would be no Club. All our junior and youth coaching team is made up of volunteers, but behind the scenes there are many jobs to be done. The Club is keen to add to its growing list of trained coaches and is committed to having all its coaches properly qualified at least to RFU Level 1. There is also a shortage of referees. We encourage all coaches to gain a basic referee’s qualification with a view to officiating at Club matches when no society ref is available. You never know, you may really enjoy it and go to bigger and better things. You will in any case enable games to take place.