5Responsibilities of a Sports Leader There are a number of responsibilities associated with sport leadership that you may have come up with.Responsibilities of a sports leader include:Professional ConductHealth and SafetyInsuranceChild ProtectionLegal ObligationsEqualityRules and RegulationsEthics and Values
6Responsibilities of a Sports Leader Professional ConductInsuranceChild ProtectionLegal ObligationsEqualityRules and RegulationsHealth and SafetyEthics and Values
7The Responsibility of Professional Conduct Professional Conduct refers to the way that sports leaders behave when they lead sport activity sessions.There is an expectation of the way that sport leaders should behave. Sport leaders should ensure that they conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner at all times.Sport Leaders should always:Behave responsibly and safelyPromote the values of sport e.g. fair play and commitmentProvide positive experiences of sport participationRespect everyone involves
9The Responsibility of Insurance Sports Leaders must be insured in order to lead sport activity sessions.When leading these sessions the sports leader is responsible for the safety of the participants whilst in their care.The sports leader is liable for the safety of participants during a sport activity session.If a participant has an accident during the session and it is deemed to be the sports leaders fault, then the sports leader could be found negligent.
12The Responsibility of Child Protection It is very important that children are given a safe and secure environment in which to participate in physical activity and sport sessions.The Children’s Act (2004) requires that all place providing a service to children must:Provide care, planned and supervised activities for childrenRegularly monitor and review the services that they provideEmploy staff with appropriate CRB checksBe appropriately licensed to provide certain activities.The Children’s Act (2004) provides a framework for services working with children and young people.
13The Responsibility of Equality Equality means that everyone is equal. Each participant should be treated the same and given the same opportunities in a sport activity session.Sports Leaders will work with a wide range of participants. These participants will come from different backgrounds, have different cultures, be different ages, be of different abilities and be of different genders.Whatever the different may be, the sports leader should treat every participant with the same dignity and respect.
14The Responsibility of Rules and Regulations When leading sport sessions the sports leader should teach their participants the rules and regulations of the specific sport.For example, the sports leader should teach the participants how to make a fair, legal tackle in the sport.This helps to protect the participants involved.Participants should be taught to respect their opponents and the officials. They should know the consequences of breaking the rules.For example, knowing that a handball is illegal in football and will result in a free kick or penalty.
15The Responsibility of Ethics and Values A sports leader should encourage the participants to be honest, fair and responsible.The following principles should be encouraged and promoted within every session:Friendship - Equal OpportunitiesRespect for others - Fair PlayPlaying with the right spirit - Teamwork and Effort
17EvaluationBeing an effective sports leader involves fulfilling a number of different roles and responsibilities.Responsibilities include professional conduct, health and safety, insurance, child protection, legal obligations, equality, rules and regulations, ethics and values.Good sports leaders will have a good understanding of their responsibilities and will fulfil them effectively each time they lead a sport activity session.Next session we will look at the skills and qualities of effective sport leaders.