Members' Code | Ham & Petersham Lawn Tennis Club

Code of Practice for Members/Users

The Ham and Petersham Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well- being of all its members.

The Ham and Petersham Tennis Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/guardians should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns that they may have with the Chairperson.

Members should also be aware of the Complaints Policy 2.11 and should refer to this if they wish to make a complaint.

As a member of The Ham and Petersham Tennis Club you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:

All Members

All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions
All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity
Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions, or inform their coach or team captain if they are going to be late
Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach
Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly


Junior members are not allowed to smoke on the premises or whilst representing their team at competitions
Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the premises or whilst representing their team


Encourage your child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them
Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
Never force your child to take part in sport
Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
Publicly accept judgements made by officials
Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
Use correct and proper language at all times
Be patient - steady progression is unusual in children; peaks and plateaus are common
Your first question following any match should be: “Did you enjoy it?” not “Did you win?”
At no stage should you communicate with your child or interfere with the on-court helpers and referees during a match – just enjoy the game and let officials take care of the rules!

Ham and Petersham Tennis Club
Revised November 2011