The aim of Taunton Table Tennis is to provide a friendly and enjoyable experience to all participants; all members are expected to behave in a manner that contributes to this positive ethos.
Taunton Table Tennis believes that it is important that everyone associated with it should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.
Members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer.
A first aid kit is available at the club venue and a first aider is always on duty at Blackbrook Pavilion. There may not be a qualified first aider present at all club activities.
Members taking on official roles within the club are required to complete a personal disclosure form.
Members are required to abide by the following club rules:
- Play within the spirit as well as within the letter of the laws of Table Tennis and respect opponents, officials and their decisions
- Recognise fair play and acknowledge good performances as well as good results
- Use appropriate language at all times
- Keep to scheduled timings or inform organiser as soon as possible of late arrival
- Wear suitable clean non-marking indoor sports footwear, sports shirt, shorts/skirt/tracksuit bottoms – for playing sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager
- Pay all fees for membership, training, matches or events promptly when due
- Not smoke inside any club venue
- Members under 18 years old are not allowed to consume alcohol on club premises or whilst representing the club
- No eating should take place in the sports hall or activity rooms
- Drinks should only be taken using an appropriate sports drink bottle
- Rubbish should be disposed of properly
- Only sports centre staff should operate the dividing curtain in the sports hall
- The use of illegal/prohibited substances is not allowed on club premises, nor are members permitted to participate in club activities whilst under the influence of illegal/prohibited substances
- During open sessions all members are encouraged to act as a 'practice partner' for development of younger or novice players
- At busy times during open club sessions, members are expected to be aware of others waiting to play. Doubles play is expected to predominate before 9pm, appropriate to the number of players attending
- Report to the Duty Officer or Welfare Officer incidents of abuse (including harassment, bullying, discrimination, assault or violence). Serious incidents may be reported to the Table Tennis England for consideration of disciplinary action
- Bring any medication that may be required and notify the person in charge of the session (Duty Officer) of any specific requirements
- Abide by Taunton Table Tennis codes of conduct, equity and child protection policies
- Separate rules apply to Saturday League and participating members are expected to abide by those rules
Members who fail to abide by these rules may have their membership suspended or in serious cases rescinded.
These rules may be revised from time to time.