"Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies is committed to providing the opportunity for any person to participate within the Club on an equal and fair basis in any capacity, be it as a coach, administrator, official, player or spectator, so that they can take enjoyment from the game of football"


"All persons will be given the opportunity to compete against others at the highest level their skills and ability will allow in a fair, sportsmanlike and competitive manner". "Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies is committed to setting the highest standards possible for itself, its player's and individuals within the Club and upon achieving those standards, we shall look to raise those standards to an even higher level"


"We firmly believe that the chances of achieving these aims is best served through the Football Associations "Charter Standard" program and is fully committed to the scheme in an on-going basis"


Trevor Wing Secretary June 2008




"Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies is fully committed to ensuring that the Club and its member achieve and retain its Charter Standard status. All new player's individuals wanting to join the Club must show a commitment to achieving this standard and must maintain this standard at all times.




ALL persons actively involved with Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies at every level, be it as a player, supporter, club official, such as manager, coach or secretary must have a responsibility, above and beyond compliance with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity to ensure that the reputation of the Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and the game in general remains high. This code applies to all those involved within the Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and under the auspices of the Football Association.




Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote any measures it considers necessary to prevent discrimination, in any form, from being expressed.




Middlesbrough F.C Ladies recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate within the Club. This includes those who play, coach, manage, administrate, officiate and support and the Club is committed to regular consultation with all the above on a regular and on-going basis.




Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies will endeavor to uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all those involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other bodies or organizations.




Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved at any level within the game.  


"The Football Association Charter Standard scheme decries that Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies must adopt a "CLUB" code of rules which will ensure that their club/team will be administered in open, honest and fair way by responsible person(s) who have a responsibility to their members and the club to ensure it has the organization and ability to succeed both on and off the pitch, financially and administratively during any given season.

The club must ensure that any reasonable request to inspect these Club Rules are complied with and will be available for inspection after any due notice is given".


Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies welcomes participation at every level and this also includes spectators of its member's. However, these spectators must realize that their behaviour can also have an impact on circumstances and situations on the playing field and should therefore behave in an acceptable manner. Clubs are always responsible for the behaviour of their spectators and must ensure they conduct themselves in a manner which meets the accepted standards of behaviour Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and football in general would expect at all times.


1) The Club will make their spectators aware that their attitudes can have a bearing on players attitudes towards their opponents, appointed officials, managers and coaches of both sides and even other spectators who may be present and therefore all spectators should be encouraged to show due respect to the interest of all those who participate in the game in whatever capacity.


2) Spectators can have a major influence on what happens on the pitch during a game and should remember that most players, officials and coaches are taking part primarily for enjoyment and as a means of maintaining a level of fitness they desire. Spectators should therefore be reminded that positive encouragement towards their team will serve to raise the players level of self esteem, allow them the confidence to develop new skills and techniques and perhaps allow the players to reach the level of personal achievement they strive for.


3) Spectators should be reminded that they must respect the referee's decision at all times and that as active participants in the game, referee's are there for enjoyment also.


4) Spectators should be reminded that as a club they come under your responsibility on a match day and that the club can be held accountable for their spectators behaviour and action by both the League and its affiliated County FA.




"Player's will always have the right to appeal to the Football Association over any decisions the Club's Management committee makes against them in a disciplinary sense but in the event that any player or individual connected within the club has suffered discrimination or has been unfairly treated in relation to the clubs rules, policies or code of conduct, then the individual concerned should contact the Club secretary in the first instance and they should ensure they have followed the procedure below"



1) They should report the matter to the club secretary or any other elected or nominated official within the club.

Your report should include the following details:-

  • - Details of what, when and where the incident took place.

  • - The names of any witnesses and statements were necessary

  • - Names of any other person who may have been treated in a similar manner.

  • - Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom the complaint was made.

  • - A preference for a solution to the incident

2) The clubs management Committee will then sit for any hearings that are requested and will deal with case in a responsible manner.

3) If the Clubs management committee found the case to be proved they will have the right to warn as to future conduct, suspend or remove from membership, any person(s) found to have broken the clubs policies or codes of conduct.



"Middlesbrough F.C. LADIES is committed is to the elimination of discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities".

Anti Discrimination Policy For the Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies & Member Clubs

The Club & member teams are responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football 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 within the Club and its member Team's 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 disability.

This includes:

. The advertisement for volunteers.

. The selection of candidates for volunteers.

. Courses.

. External coaching and education activities and awards.

. Football development activities.

. Selection for teams.

. Appointments to honorary positions.

Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and its member Teams 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.

Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and its member Teams is committed to the development of the program of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation and in the wider context, within football as a whole.

Equal opportunities Policy For the Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies & Member Teams.

"Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and its member Teams 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".

The Club and all member's 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 in:

. Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientated 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 are different to the requirements for others.

. Imposing on an individual requirements which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example this would include applying a condition (which is not warranted by the requirements of the position) which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.

. Victimisation of any individual.

. Harassment of an individual (which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable thereto is regarded as 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

all the Club's recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters etc. - in other words all instances where those in control of members are required to make judgements between them - it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and its Teams 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 Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the Clubs disciplinary procedures.

Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies and its member's 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 in gaining access. Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies will endeavor to provide a source of appropriate training should such members request it.




"Sadly, with football being predominantly a "Contact sport" accidents happen from time to time and thankfully incidents of a serious nature are fairly rare for the volume of football that is played within the Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies".

Middlesbrough F.C. Ladies Guidelines for dealing with an accident.

1) Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there a danger of further injuries?

2) Listen to what the injured player is saying.

3) Alert the first-aider who should take the appropriate action for minor injuries

4) In the event of the injury requiring specialist treatment call the emergency services.

5) Deal with the rest of the group and seek any support or assistance you may need from the group.

6) Do not attempt to move anyone with major injuries. Wait for the emergency medics but ensure the injured person is kept warm.

7) Contact the injured persons next of kin or nominated contact to inform them of the situation.

8) Once the incident is complete, make a note of all details for insurance details etc. (At a later date)