Code of Conduct

Provided is the Padel England Association Code of Conduct for all involved:

Provided is the Padel ENgland Association Code of Conduct for all involved:

• Code of Conduct for Coaches
• Code of Conduct for Players
• Code of Conduct for Parents
• Anti Discrimination
• Equal Opportunities
• Child Protection
• Coaching Complaints
• Discipline Procedure
• Padel Court Safety


Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in padel. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care and attention 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 is a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the player, school, coach or parent.

Set out below is The Padel England Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the Padel Coaching Qualification and the Padel England Members Association), 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 Rules & Regulations of the Game or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

12. Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Players should not adopt a 'win-at-all-costs' attitude. Fair play and respect for all others during matches is fundamentally important. This Code focuses on players at competition level. Nevertheless, the key concepts in the Code are valid for players at all levels.

Obligations Towards The Game of Padel

A player should:
1. Make every effort to develop their own abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics, stamina and understanding the rules and regulations of the game.
2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a match, even if behind and the result has almost been determined.
3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
4. Avoid all forms of poor gamesmanship and time-wasting.
5. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on padel and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
6. Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations Towards One's Own Partner

A player should:
1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Rules & Regulations of Padel to help his partner.
2. Resist any influence, which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the doubles partnership winning. Respect For The Rules & Regulations of Padel And Competition Rules

A player should:
1. Know and abide by the Rules and Regulations, and the competition rules.
2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect Towards Opponents

A player should:
1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the match.
2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect Towards Tournament Officials
A player should:
1. Accept the decision of the Tournament Official without protest.
2. Avoid words or actions, which may mislead a Tournament Official.
3. Show due respect towards Tournament Officials.
4. Avoid using any foul, abusive or offensive language towards Tournament Officials.

Respect Towards Coaches
A player should:
1. Abide by the instructions of their Coaches, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
2. Show due respect towards the Coaches of the opposition.

Obligations Towards The Fans/Spectators
A player should:
1. Show due respect to the interests of fans/spectators, from both your own side and the opposition, particularly young spectators.

Parents/Spectators have a great influence on children's enjoyment and success in the sport. All children play padel because they first and foremost love the game - it's fun.

It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at padel within our association it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:
• Children enjoying padel.
• A sense of personal achievement.
• An improved self-esteem.
• Improving the child's skills and techniques.

A parent's/spectator's expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child's attitude towards:
• Other players.
• Tournament Officials.
• Sponsors
• Coaches.
• Spectators.

Ensure that parents/spectators are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own. Encourage parents/spectators to:
• Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
• Not to shout and scream.
• Respect the umpire’s decision.
• Give attention to each of the children on court not just the most talented.

As the governing body of the game, Padel England Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game of padel at every level. Padel belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.
The following policy should be at the heart of the Company's activities:
• Padel Coaching is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the sport at every level. Padel belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
• Equality of opportunity at PEA means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability.
This includes:
• The advertisement for volunteers.
• The selection of candidates for volunteers.
• Courses.
• External coaching and education activities and awards.
• Padel development activities.
• Selection for teams/leagues/tournaments/courses.
• Appointments to honorary positions.

PEA will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
PEA is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within padel as a whole.

Padel England Association is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.
All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:
Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others. Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which is different from the requirements for others.
Imposing on an individual requirement, which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition that makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
Victimisation of an individual.
Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds.
Thus, in PEA’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.
PEA commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.
Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith.

Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Company's policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.
PEA commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped to participate in padel. Appropriate training will be made available to such members who request it.
Padel Coaching, shall adhere to the Child Protection Procedures and Practices defined within the Padel England Association handbook. The roles adhered to through the policies are:
• Support qualified coaches to disseminate PEA Child Protection Policy, Procedures and Practices.
• Undertake any necessary meetings and make presentations to Members, Coaches, Officials, Players and Parents.
• Play an active role in the delivery of PEA’s strategic plan for Child Protection in padel.
• Be the prime contact for any parent or player that has any Child Protection related issues.
• Treat all issues sensitively and in confidence.

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way, or that the Coaches Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct has been broken, should follow the procedures below.
They should report the matter in writing to the PEA. The PEA will then deal this with.
Your complaint should include:
• Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.
• Any witnesses along with their statements.
• Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
• Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made.
• A preference for a solution to the incident.
The Coaches Association will then arrange a meeting to be held at the earliest convenience so that all parties can discuss the complaint.
1. The PEA will comprise the Board of Directors of which must comprise of The PEA Chairman, who will have the power to:
• Warn as to future conduct.
• Suspend from any dealings.
• Remove from any dealings any person found to have broken the PEA Policies or Codes of Conduct.
• Determine whether any Child Protection issues should be referred to an official body, i.e. The Police.

All Members, Coaches, Players and Parents should read the Rules and Regulations of Padel. Ignorance is no excuse!
PEA Board of Directors will deal with all matters relating to discipline. The Board of Directors have the power to suspend and expel a Coach, Player or Parent whose behaviour is unacceptable, both on or off court or socially. Where appropriate, a Discipline Sub-committee shall investigate incidents, hear the views of interested parties and recommend to the Board of Directors what action should be taken against offending persons.
All members of Padel England Association should acquaint themselves with the PEA Code of Conduct, which are on display on the company website or available in booklet form upon request. The Board of Directors shall have the power to suspend from all PEA activities any member, which includes Management, Player, Coach or Parent, who shall offend against the Code of Conduct or whose conduct shall in the opinion of the Board of Directors render them unfit for dealings with the PEA. Before any such person be suspended the PEA shall give them seven days written notice to attend the meeting of the Discipline Sub-committee, which notice shall contain particulars of the complaint(s) made against them. No person shall be suspended without first having had an opportunity of appearing before the Discipline Subcommittee nd answering the complaint(s) made against them, nor unless at least two thirds of the Discipline Sub-committee then present shall vote in favour of their suspension.
No member shall be expelled unless at the recommendation of the Discipline Sub-committee under the aforesaid procedure and ratified by at least twothirds majority of the members present at the Board of Directors meeting. This rule applies to persons conduct on and off court in all matters whether they are padel orsocially related. Any incident or problem should be fully investigated and action, where appropriate, taken in accordance with the rules.
All persons are hereby informed that the Board of Directors will delegate the responsibility for investigating and where applicable, deciding on any action to be taken for all incidents to a Discipline Sub-committee. The Discipline Sub-committee shall consist of three elected Association Officials - The Chairman of the Board shall be convened once an incident (or problem) has been formally brought to its notice. The PEA will review these at the monthly meetings and action may be taken depending on the severity of the offence. Matters requiring further action will be referred to the Discipline Sub-committee and the procedures outlined above will be brought into action. Where necessary, the Discipline Sub-committee shall decide on the action to be taken against the person and notify the Board of Directors of this decision. It is then the responsibility of the Board of Directors to endorse and enforce the decision.
Padel England Association, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards Institution, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines for the safe use of padel courts. Too many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect use of padel courts. Safety is always of paramount importance and everyone in padel must play their part to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
For safety reasons padel courts (including those which are portable and not installed permanently at a club or venue) must always be anchored securely to a base structure.
Portable padel courts must be secured by the use of a base structure that can cater to the weight and movement of the padel court generated by the players during on court activity.
It is essential that under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb, swing on or play with the structures of the padel courts.
Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not properly assembled and secured, both portable and permanent padel courts may move, topple over, or even corrode.
Regular inspections of padel courts should be carried out to check that they are kept properly maintained.
Portable padel courts should not be left in place as a permanent option after use. They should be either properly anchored to a secure base or dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage.
It is strongly recommended that the wire mesh on a padel court surroundings do not interfere with play and do not oppose a safety threat in anyway. Nets should only be secured by a net post or incorporated into the padel court structure. New padel courts should not be purchased if they include metal hooks or bevels that can cause injury during play.
For reference, you should note that The PEA and the Padel Court Division have developed a standard for future padel courts (PEA 12:2000). It is hoped this will be developed into a full British Standard in due course.
Remember to use all equipment, not just padel courts, safely at all times.