Central Gymnastics Academy is dedicated to Scottish Gymnastics’ Vision, an uplifting experience for all.
Our approach is an athlete centred, coach led and performance driven with athlete and coach well-being and development at the centre.

Your rights that we will champion are:

  • access to ongoing training and information on all aspects of your role, including safeguarding wellbeing & protection
  • to be able to ask questions, be listened to and respected
  • to be supported if reporting suspected abuse or poor practice
  • to know that reporting a concern will not affect you or your gymnasts place in the club
  • to be protected from abuse from spectators, other adults, coaches, parents, gymnasts

Coaches agree to:

  • Always treat others with respect and care for their safety, wellbeing, and protection. This means not taking part in, or allowing any actions that harm others in any way, such as physical harm, emotional harm, neglect, extortion, bullying or sexual misconduct. 
  • Do not allow allegations of poor practice, abuse, wellbeing concerns to go unchallenged, unrecorded or fail to act upon them – See something, say something
  • Hold appropriate, valid qualifications, current Scottish Gymnastics membership and up-to-date safeguarding and PVG (access through Scottish Gymnastics)
  •  Be a positive role model by promoting fair play, good sportsmanship, and performance over results. Maintain high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Develop relationships with gymnasts, coaches, officials, and volunteers based on integrity, mutual trust and respect.
  • Encourage gymnasts to accept responsibility for their own development and behaviour
  •  Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
  •   Clarify, at the outset, with players (and where appropriate for U18s with their parents/carers) exactly what is expected of them and what players are entitled to expect from their coach
  • Commitment to on going training and development
  •  Ensure that the equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are suitable for training

Emergency action and first aid

All coaches should be prepared with an action plan in the event of an emergency and be aware of First Aid procedures; this will include:

  • Access to First Aid equipment
  • Telephone contact if the participant is a minor
  • Telephone contact to the Emergency Services


Breaches of the Coaches & Officials Code of Conduct shall be dealt with in the first instance by the head coach.

Incidents will be reported to the safeguarding officer and Scottish Gymnastics (if relevant) who will impose such sanctions as seen fit.  

  •  Be required to apologise formally
  • Receive a warning; verbal or written
  • Monitored/supervision in role
  • Required to attend an education course
  • Suspension or expulsion from the National Performance Programme, Performance Pathway Programme or Development Programme
  •  Required to attend a conduct in sport hearing
  •  Required to leave or be removed from post

Policy Awareness and Acceptance

When you sign this code of conduct you agree that you are aware of and will abide by the following polices, which can be found in full here Policies & Procedures | Scottish Gymnastics;

  • Scottish Gymnastics Wellbeing and Child Protection Policy
  • Scottish Gymnastics Anti Bullying Policy
  • Scottish Gymnastics Respect Policy
  • Central Gymnastics Academy's Rules
  • Central Gymnastics Academy's Coaching Rules 
  • Central Gymnastics Academy's Physical Contact & First Aid Policy