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When you take part in sport, you have the right to have fun and stay safe. Attached is a guide, on what you and your coach need to do to have fun and stay safe. Click here for the guide in PDF.

Bullying goes on in sports clubs as well as in school and out of school.

If you're a young sports player and you're feeling upset at the way you're being treated on the field by your team mates or adults involved in the game then there are things you can do about that.

Not everyone can be on the team so don't be upset if you're not always chosen. That doesn't mean that you're being bullied, just that the coach needs to pick the strongest side.

But if team mates make fun of you on the pitch or in the changing room, or try to upset you to put you off the game so that you don't want to take part in training sessions, that could be bullying if it keeps happening. You can take action:

  • Tell your parents or carer
  • Ask your parents to contact your team coach Keep a diary of what happens
  • Ask friends on the team to back up what you say

If the problem isn't resolved, your parents should ask the coach or team manager for a copy of the complaints and/or bullying policy.

Preventing bullying behaviour

An NSPCC EduCare child protection training programme

Preventing Bullying Behaviour is a new NSPCC EduCare distance learning programme for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people through their work, voluntary or leisure activities.

The programme is now available as e-learning and in hard copy. For details, please visit:

There are a number of websites available, that offer advice and support to young people. We have listed a selction of them below. If you know of any others, please e-mail us at

The DCSF has published two guidance documents on anti-bullying. One is aimed at school staff and focuses on cyberbullying. The other advises on bullying outside school with different versions for local authorities, youth workers, college staff, play workers, transport providers and children’s homes.

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The DCSF has recently produced some anti-bullying publications that may be of interest. They have worked with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to develop good practice resources in tackling bullying in community settings. The Safe from Bullying guidelines include

  • Children's Homes
  • Extended services in and around schools
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Journeys
  • Play and Leisure
  • Youth Activities

The Play and Leisure resource outlines the possible bullying that might occur in play and leisure and describes steps to prevent it and respond to it effectively. It provides information on the different types of bullying, including that of potentially vulnerable groups. These resources can either be downloaded or hard copies ordered at