Code of Ethics

Old Bawn Gymnastics has adopted Gymnastics Ireland’s “Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Youth in Sport in Irish Gymnastics”. To view this policy please click here

Old Bawn Gymnastics strive to ensure that the children in our club are protected and kept safe from harm whilst participating in gymnastics activities. We aim to provide gymnastics opportunities for all levels of ability from basic participation, fun and recreational levels through to competitive levels to the highest standards.

We encourage our gymnasts to work hard and through positive and encouraging coaching methods, we strive to ensure that all our gymnasts are happy and most importantly that they enjoy themselves in the gym.

Aisling Kenna and Niall Kennedy are the club Children’s Officers who are the link between the children and adults in the club.

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Andrea Brennan is the club Designated Liaison person responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children.

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Joe Corbett is the club Complaints & Disciplinary Officer who is responsible for investigating any complaints.

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 Old Bawn adheres to the Gymnastics Ireland Code of Ethics and as such we would like to outline some of the key points from the code of conduct for gymnasts and parents/guardians:


Gymnasts Should Undertake To:

  • Participate fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves
  • Represent themselves, their family and Club with pride and dignity
  • Respect fellow team members giving support whether they do well or not
  • Respect opponents and be modest in victory and gracious in defeat
  • Let the coach know when you are unavailable for training or competition

Gymnasts Should NOT:

  • Cheat – always participate by the rules
  • Use abusive language
  • Spread Rumours
  • Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another young person
  • Tell lies about an adult or another young person
  • Harm team members, opponents or their property


  • Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standard of conduct when interacting with young people, other parents, coaches and officials.
  • Encourage your child to participate by the rules of gymnastics.
  • Ask your child “Did you enjoy yourself?” and Not “Did you win or Lose?”
  • Don’t criticise your child’s performance – seek to identify areas where they may improve
  • Do listen to what young people have to say
  • Do Realise the POWER OF EXAMPLE


  • Parents should notify the club if their child is unable to attend training.
  • Gymnasts must arrive on time for training. Warm up is a vital part of the session.
  • Attire: Gymnasts should wear a leotard for training. They may also wear shorts/leggings. Gym shoes are optional.  Male gymnasts should wear a boys’ leotard or shorts/t-shirt.
    Clothing such as dresses, jeans, skirts etc are not permitted.
  • Hair: Long hair must be tied back neatly and securely. Pony-tails which come below the shoulder-line must be tucked under. Hair should not need to be re-done regularly during training, nor should it fall in front of the face on landings.
  • Jewellery is not permitted and must be removed before class.
  • Food is not permitted in the gym – except if you have a designated lunch time. Healthy eating is encouraged.
  • Gymnasts must always endeavour to keep the gym and changing area tidy. They should dispose of any empty bottles, used tape, plasters or strapping in the bins provided.
  • Gymnasts are not permitted to leave their training group without notifying their coach.
  • Gymnasts must always treat their coach and group members with respect. Bullying, name calling or inappropriate behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Gymnasts must not criticize or correct other gymnasts.
  • Gymnasts should always aim to foster good team spirit and are expected to encourage each other in a positive manner.
  • Parents and spectators must remain in the designated viewing area at all times. Young children must be supervised.
  • Parents are not permitted to engage in conversation with coaches during class time.
  • Parents should not distract their children during class time.
  • At the end of training, gymnasts are not permitted to leave until a parent/guardian has arrived to collect them.


GYMNASTICS IRELAND   2018 Child Safeguarding Statement

Gymnastics Ireland provides sporting activities and opportunities for young people though participation in clubs, national events and our national teams. Gymnastics Ireland is committed to safeguarding children and affiliated clubs work under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies. All our volunteers and staff working with our young people, throughout the organisation, seek to create a safe environment for young people to participate in our activities.

Our Club’s written Safeguarding Risk Assessment document indicates the areas of potential risk of harm, the likelihood of the risk occurring, and gives the policy, guidance or process documents required to alleviate these risks.  The list of risks identified is contained in the following categories: Club and Coaching Practices, Complaints & Discipline, Reporting Procedures, Use of Facilities, Recruitment, Communications and General Risk of Harm.

This Club’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, (the Children First: National Guidance and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice). In addition to our Risk Assessment document described above, there are further procedures that support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our activities.

Gymnastics Ireland has the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Code and Policies:

  • Dealing with and reporting allegations of abuse or misconduct by staff or volunteers against a child availing of our activities
  • Safe recruitment of staff and volunteers to work with children in our activities
  • Access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Appointment of Designated Liaison Persons at Club and National level
  • Appointment of Children’s Officers at Club and National level who shall be the relevant persons or first points of contact in respect of this statement

The Mandated Person appointed by Gymnastics Ireland is Dermot Howlin, phone 01/6251125.

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been prepared in accordance with the requirements contained in the Children First Act 2015. Our Club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement.

This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed within 24 months of the date below.

Club name and address;


Club Chairperson:

Name: JOE CORBETT                                        8th March 2018


Club Children’s Officer (Relevant Person):

 Name: AISLING KENNA                                  8th March 2018              


For any queries on this Child Safeguarding Statement, please contact the Club Children’s Officer