CUFC Anti-Bullying Policy

Chestermere United FC does not tolerate any form of bullying, including physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, discriminatory, or cyber bullying.  We have a strict policy requiring the reporting of all incidents of bullying and we will fully support players and their parents when any incidents occur.

Bullying is the use of aggression, intimidation or harassment with the intention to hurt and/or coerce another person or persons.  It can be perpetrated by an individual or a group of individuals and can be a single incident or a pattern of behaviour towards an individual or a group.

CUFC shares The Football Association’s examples of bullying, which are as follows:

Emotional - unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful messages, tormenting (e.g. hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening gestures)

Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, biting, spitting or any use of violence

Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Discrimination – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, homophobic comments, disability harassment, sexist comments

Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber-bullying – use of technology (cell phones, social media sites, instant messaging, etc.) to deliberately cause distress to another person.

Fun and play between friends is, of course, acceptable, as long as ALL parties are consenting participants.

The CUFC Reporting Procedure is to detail an issue to the player’s coach first.  This should be in the form of a CUFC Incident Report Form or can be a verbal report, an e-mail, or a written report.  When this is not possible, the issue should be reported (in one of these forms) to another coach or Club official.  Coaches and Club officials who receive a report about an issue MUST immediately deal with minor matters at the team level and report more serious matters, repeated problems, or anything that cannot be dealt with at the team level, to the Club.  These matters cannot be ignored.  The CUFC Incident Report Form is available here - Incident Report Form.

Coaching staff and Club officials MUST use the official CUFC Incident Report Form to submit reports to the Club.

See CUFC Disciplinary Policy for more information and details of the review process.

While steps will be made to resolve bullying situations first at the team level, and then at the Club level, serious incidents may be reported to the local police authorities and or other relevant Authorities.