Principles and codes of conduct

Fundamental Principles for Sport at LGS

In line with other schools in the Headmasters Conference, and therefore the opposition we play, the fundamental principles below guide our decisions at the school. We wish to give all our pupils, through the example of both staff and parents, the opportunity to:

  • Realise the desire to win and succeed is healthy – we should not be embarrassed to commit to something and give it our all
  • Develop a lifelong enthusiasm for sport, exercise and health regardless of ability
  • Develop confidence so that he will develop his talents in life
  • Develop pride in his performance and effort
  • Develop resilience to the emotions that competitive sport, and life, can present
  • Be selected for representative teams so he can fulfil his potential
  • Be reflective of his performance and give him opportunities to lead his own development
  • Help players recognise that dedication and hard work are essential for success
  • Help players see the value of team work and their role within it
  • Recognise that success is not just measured by the score but by performance and effort
  • See why foul play and unsporting behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Ensure that players are humble in victory and respect the opposition
  • Ensure that players handle defeat with dignity
  • Develop respect for officials and coaches

To help us achieve this:

We feel, especially in the lower school, it is more important to develop teams and players for the future than it is to concentrate on the result of that given match. Team selection and rotation at LGS is influenced not only by sporting ability, but also by our pastoral responsibilities. We feel we have a duty to give as many boys as possible the opportunity to represent the school. With the exception of cup matches, all match day squad members should experience significant participation and contribute to the team effort. Therefore substitutions may be made with respect to the pupils’ development and enjoyment rather than result.


To help us in achieve our fundamental principles we would ask you and your son to read the codes of conduct below:

Coach’s code of conduct

We expect our coaches to:

  • Act as roll model to the pupils – both on and off the pitch
  • Ensure the health and safety of the pupils is their paramount concern and responsibility. The school will always support any decision a coach makes if he perceives it to the be best interest of the pupil at the time
  • Where possible use sport to instil aspects of the ‘Fundamentals of Sport’
  • Make sure every pupil in the match day squad gets at least half a game playing time (unless a cup match and explained before)
  • Explain and justify to a pupil directly why they might have been dropped
  • Write a pre-season letter with fixture and training dates and times as they stand and an ethos of how the team will be managed
  • Make sure that after the game they are available to talk to parents if possible at the side of the pitch

This can be summarised as acting as teachers in a sporting environment.


Player’s code of conduct

We expect our players to:

  • Enjoy themselves and try their hardest, no matter what the match situation
  • Have pride in their conduct as well as their performance
  • Respect the opposition and congratulate them at the end of the match no matter what the result
  • Address match officials politely and respectfully, thanking them on the conclusion of the match
  • Communicate effectively with coaches and staff in any possible situation that may require absence from training or fixtures
  • Encourage our team mates, ESPECIALLY when they make mistakes
  • Value being part of a squad and appreciate the responsibilities that it brings
  • Make your parents, your school but most importantly himself proud

This can be summarised as acting in the way you want to be perceived.


Spectator’s code of conduct

We expect our spectators to:

  • Respect all match officials and their decisions
  • Praise and acknowledge good individual and team performance from ALL irrespective of which team they play for
  • Support and encourage all players irrespective of ability
  • Ensure verbal feedback is positive and supports the player and team
  • Condemn and refuse to accept bad language and poor conduct
  • Not to applaud or cheer when opposition players make errors
  • Realise that educational process and learning is more important than the result in age group sport
  • Uphold the values of good sportsmanship

This can be summarised as being role models for the young adults we wish our boys to become.

MSEB 2017