Information for Parents
Sports Medical Information
Health and fitness
The boys will be given guidance on nutrition, growth and development. In addition to hygiene, health and safety, as good health and fitness are vital if they are to make a career in professional football.
Regarding medical matters relating to players involvement in academy football, the academy medical team is on hand to offer advice and assistance. The medical team comprises of two full time physiotherapists and two club doctors, with a number of assistant therapists providing further assistance at training and games.
The medical department is primarily responsible for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions which have occurred during training or playing for the academy. A major part of the team’s work involves the identification of potential problems and the creation and implementation of strategies to help prevent injury.
The team’s other responsibilities include ongoing education of players, parents and staff in matters of health, injury prevention and issues of social welfare such as drug and alcohol awareness and sexual health.
A player who is injured must report to the medical team prior to participating in a training session or match.
If a player is injured during a training session, and is unable to participate further, he should report to the medical team immediately for first aid or treatment.
A player injured during a match must report to the medical team before their next training session and should not return to training or a match until he is cleared to do so.
By appointment only and this made through Lead Physio Jamie Hewitt
Contact number : 07896 315053
Prior to taking part in a game following injury, a player should participate fully in one training session.
Diet is an important factor for players success on the pitch. Players must be physically and mentally strong in order to play at a high level of performance. Footballers are becoming more aware that diet has a direct impact on these elements and their performance. A poor diet will drastically reduce a player’s performance. However diet can easily be improved. A good diet must be high in carbohydrate and protein, low in fat and include plenty of fluids.
Education and welfare
The care and welfare of the boys is of paramount importance to us and it is the duty of every member of staff to see that each player is treated appropriately. If you have any queries, coaches should be the first point of contact as they spend the most time with the players. We aim to make the time a player spends at the academy a rewarding, enjoyable and positive experience.
For the Pro Phase, it can be daunting for a young player to live away from home for the first time. It is important that the lodging accommodation meets their needs and provides them with a happy and stable environment. The accommodation is supervised by experienced carers who have looked after young players or worked closely with young people for many years and work closely with the Academy.
All staff, both and full time and part-time, attend child protection training to promote awareness and encourage best practice. The Academy has a comprehensive child protection policy which is available on request from Kay Adkins as the designated Child Protection Officer.
Child protection, welfare and equity are all in place at the academy. Any issues should be reported to our Welfare Officer Kay Adkins who can be contacted on 07896 315058.
We have a strict code of conduct for players and parents as well as coaches. Any issues will be dealt with by the Academy Management Team.
Although we are developing young footballers, it is important to stress that we consider their on going academic education paramount. Between the ages of 9 and 16 when players registered with the academy, school are informed of players progress and are given an open channel of communication so that potential problems are identified and resolved at the earliest opportunity.
We also ask parents to supply us with a copy of all school reports in order for us to help track their child’s progress and work with yourselves and the teachers to keep everything moving along in the correct direction.
Maintaining a balance between school education and football is of great importance and as a club we are always ready to listen to schools or parents when required. Children who are experiencing difficulties for whatever, reason may be removed from the football program whilst the issues are resolved. This is, however, a last resort.
In addition to the minoring of academic study, the Academy offers an informal education program to the 9-16’s. This covers;
Respect, Welfare, Healthy Eating, time management, lifestyles skills, Drug and Alcohol issues, dealing with being injured and anything other supporting subjects which are identified throughout the season.
Players aged between 16-18 years who are offered a scholarship will study a two year apprenticeship. The course is agreed with the player, parents, football club and League Football Education (LFE). Along with their full time football development the players follow an educational program for a minimum of 12 hours a week with Chesterfield College but under the supervision of the Head of Education.
The Academy aims to promote and support good outcomes in terms of health, development and educational achievement alongside football and sporting excellence. It also recognises the significance of ethical cultural diversity.
Chesterfield believes that concern for the general well being and welfare of all children and young persons who participate at the Academy is of paramount importance in developing them as footballers and people.
The Academy recognises that young people living away from home are particularly vulnerable and the importance of responsibility and trust that is placed on them by all students and trialists and their families.
We encourage best practice in safeguarding children matters carried out in a sprit of partnership and openness with all players, their families, and the local agencies that carry the statutory responsibility for safeguarding children.
The safeguarding of the child must be the first priority for all the staff and volunteers at the academy.
The Head of Education & Welfare is designated as the person to whom any sign 01629 533190 child abuse should be reported - the phone number is 07896 315058. If the matter is urgent or serious please contact the Police on 999 or if slightly less urgent 111. You can also contact Derbyshire County Council Safeguarding team on 01629 533190. If you have reported a serious issue to the Police or other agency, we also ask if you would let us know so that we can work with the relevant agency.
There is also a Senior Safeguarding Officer at Chesterfield FC and that is Director John Croot. He can be contacted through the Club’s main telephone number 01246 269300. He does not deal with day to day enquiries but is a point of appeal/ advice as and when necessary.
The Safeguarding policy is available on request.
Contacts & Recruitment
Academy Manager – Mark Smith
Head of Coaching/Youth Development Phase Lead – Matt Whitehouse
Assistant Youth Coach – Darren Molloy
Lead Academy Physio & Sports Science – Jamie Hewitt
Head of Academy Recruitment – Liam Sutcliffe
Code of Conduct
Club Code of Conduct
Chesterfield FC Academy agree to provide;
• A safe environment in which the student can learn and develop without fear of abuse
• Medical screening, monitoring and support for the player
• A structured football learning program appropriate to the age, ability and growth of the student
• Participation in football matches arranged or approved by the FA/Football League
• Trained, screened and qualified coaching and other staff and facilities as determined by the rules and regulations governing the academy.
• Guidelines to the players and parents/carers on the best way for them to contribute to the player’s football and personal development
• Educational support (in conjunction with the player’s school) where applicable to ensure the continued academic and personal development of the player.
• Regular communication and bi-annual reports to the player and parents on the player and parents on the player’s progress.
• Play football to enjoy yourself, and accept that PERFORMANCE is more important than winning itself. Victory and defeat are inevitable, and should be accepted equally
• Understand and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game and any competition in which you participate
• Players will exhibit good sportsmanship at all times, never condone violations of the laws of the game or exhibit behaviour contrary to the spirit of the laws of the game
• Consistently display high standards of behaviour
• Encourage your teammates – you cannot win a game on your own Respect the wishes and directions of your coach
• Respect the referee’s decisions at all times
• Treat opponents with due respect at all times, and avoid words or actions that may mislead a match officials
• No offensive, abusive or insulting remarks shall be made toward any other player, official or parent
• Display a good attitude at training and on match days
• Attend the Academy regularly and punctually behave with self-discipline and give notice of reason of absence.
• Practice the techniques and skills taught by the academy and attempt to apply them in matches
• Participate in football matches outside normal school hours only as specified by the academy.
• Attend school punctually and regularly complete school assignments and behave at school as at the academy.
• Follow a lifestyle appropriate to development – spending leisure time positively, eating, drinking, relaxing and sleeping sensibly.
• Players will turn up for matches in advance of kick-off and training as directed by the team coach
• No jewellery is to be worn by players during matches or training
• Club kit is only to be worn for matches and training
• Football boots must in a good and safe condition
• Players must wear shin pads during matches and training
• Players must not eat or chew gum during matches or training
• Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times, never condone violations of the laws of the game or exhibit behaviour contrary to the spirit of the laws of the game
• Remember that children should be playing football primarily for their own enjoyment. Do not put pressure on the children
• Place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations
• Encourage your child, and others, or be quiet. Praise effort and performance, not results
• Parents must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
• Stand well back when watching matches and stay behind any barriers or lines that are designated for that purpose and do not stand behind the goals
• No offensive, abusive or insulting remarks shall be made toward any player, official, or parent
• Parents must develop an appropriate supportive relationship with both the manager/coach and their child based on mutual trust and respect
• Parents should seek clarification of exactly what is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from the coach – This information should come from Phase lead coaches only
• Discuss any concerns about training or matches with the respective phase lead coach in private and only with them
• Respect the referees decisions at all times and avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
• Ensure that your child arrives at the designated location for matches or training at the time requested
• Inform the manager/coach/admin staff by email if there has been a change in your child’s medical condition
• Ensure that suitable kit is worn by your child and is correct as stipulated by the club
• Keep club facilities, including kit, in good condition
• Ensure that all requisite forms are filled in correctly
• Pay any fees on time
• Support the coach’s decisions and discuss any concerns directly with the coach