Safety and Anti-Bullying Policy
Tennis, like any sport, carries a risk of injury. The aim of our Safety and Anti-Bullying Policy is to ensure that Tennisxcel’s lessons are a safe and fun environment, free from bullying or injury, for all students and coaches.
We define unsafe conduct as:
- Any unwelcome, dangerous, uninvited and/or repeated behaviours that cause or may cause harm to fellow students or coaching staff.
- Physical, verbal, psychological or social/relational in nature. Examples include (but are not limited to):
- Name-calling or teasing.
- Exclusion of others.
- Temper tantrums and/or uncontrolled outbursts of anger.
- Hurting of others with equipment (balls, racquets, ball tubes, ball baskets, etc.)
- Racquet throwing or other racquet abuse.
- Smashing of balls at or around other students or coaching staff.
- Unsafe wielding of the racquet, contrary to the instructions of coaching staff.
- Bullying includes a wide range of conduct that causes another person to feel embarrassed, offended, hurt, humiliated, insulted, ridiculed, angry or afraid.
- Bullying can have a serious long-term effect on the health and wellbeing of those being victimised. We take all incidences seriously.
How we respond to bullying
A student displaying repeated aggressive or anti-social behaviours that harm or may harm either coaches or students, according to our definition above, will not be tolerated.
Our course of action in cases where we have deemed a student’s behaviour to be bullying is always the dismissal of the offender from our lessons.
That seems harsh. Why don’t you warn the bully (and his/her parents) first?
In our experience, children who bully repeatedly, aggressively and/or experience issues with anger or emotional regulation require more intervention than we are able to provide. The process of pointing out and attempting to correct their behaviour is best left to professionals.
In the meantime, our coaching staff have a duty of care towards the other students in the lesson. Tennis involves balls, racquets and other potentially dangerous equipment, therefore we do not want to take chances with the safety of our lessons.
Additionally, attempting to help bullies is taking time away from our well-behaved students, who come to tennis to learn, have fun, stay fit and enjoy their lesson in safety.