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 is the club Children’s Officer who is the link between the children and adults in the club.


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.