Code of Conduct
As proud members of this historic rugby Club, we have a responsibilty to uphold its reputation for good behaviour. As such, we must respectfully remind all members, players, supporters and visiting guests to Gorton Street, that the officials should be respected at all times and their decisions accepted without dissent so that we can all enjoy this great game of Rugby we love, and its code of conduct which distinguishes it from other sports. Any incidents of bad behaviour and ill-discipline, especially abuse of match officials, will not be tolerated and those transgressors will be sanctioned by the Club and will be liable to further sanction from the RFU. Let's not forget, as rugby coaches, players and supporters, we are adult role models, in the privileged position of shaping the future generations of young people.
The spirit of the game
Rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create. They define the game. We can all take in pride in the continuation of the tradition, where even after a physically aggressive contest, teams still shake hands and share a drink at the bar. In our game, the referee is still called “sir” (or m’am) and their word is law. Supporters sit side by side, enjoy a beer and applaud good play from wherever it comes. This is Rugby. If you don’t feel aligned to these values, we would question whether you are in the right place.
Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept thier decisions. They are in charge of the game and give up their time as volunteers so that we can play. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family. Enjoyment is what our game is about.
Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
This is our club, our sport, and our values. Please don’t spoil it.
Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC Chairman and the Eccles RFC Club Committee.