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Statement 1 – We do not believe the club in itself has an inherent drugs problem amongst its membership and guests, but we recognise that the issue exists in society and that all local senior schools would acknowledge the issue. This document is therefore a pre-emptive measure against the use and supply of drugs.
Statement 2 – The club can only involve itself in dealing with matters involving club members that arise on club premises and/or at club events (eg tours)
Statement 3 – Any policy we put in place should be in line with RFU policies where they exist and/or should be verified by the RFU and/or Devon County RFU
Statement 4 – We should not be overt in publishing / advertising that the Club has a drugs policy as this would inevitably draw attention to the club, when we do not believe the Club is actually a source of any drugs issues
Statement 5 – We believe we should try to educate our members on the risks inherent in taking performance enhancing and recreational drugs. Our default stance on uncovering a member found using such drugs is to help and support them, subject to the guidelines supplied by the RFU. Our default stance on uncovering a member found supplying drugs on club premises / at club events is a life ban.
Anyone found in possession (for personal use) or using performance enhancing or recreational drugs on club premises or at club events will be dealt with by the club Disciplinary Sub-Committee. This includes taking performance enhancing drugs away from the club, in that they would have an impact on performance in matches.
a) If the member is an under 18 player, the outcome may involve a ban from playing matches or from the premises for a period of time and a mandatory requirement to participate in a ‘Help with drugs’ programme (eg local authority managed) where recreational drugs are involved. The parents would be notified in advance of the club disciplinary hearing and could attend the hearing.
b) If the member is an over 18 player, the outcome may involve a ban from playing matches or from the premises for a period of time and a recommendation to participate in a ‘Help with drugs’ programme (eg local authority managed) where recreational drugs are involved.
c) If the member is not a player, the outcome may involve a ban from club facilities / events for a period of time and a recommendation to participate in
a ‘Help with drugs’ programme (eg local authority managed) where recreational drugs are involved.
d) If the person involved is a non member attending a club function / club event, then they will be subject to a ban for a period of time from attending the club or any club functions
Links to RFU performance enhancing drug policies :-
Anyone found supplying / selling performance enhancing or recreational drugs on club premises or at club events will be dealt with by the club Disciplinary Sub-Committee. The matter will be referred to the police by the Disciplinary Sub-Committee in order that criminal matters can be considered. For the benefit of doubt, passing drugs to a friend is legally regarded as supplying and will be referred to the police as above. The criminal justice system will take into account the individual circumstances of each case, applying threshold and gravity testing to the evidence before considering cautions or charges. The Club disciplinary outcome will take into account the degree of criminality proven when determining the club sanction.
a) The default outcome will normally be for the member to be barred from the club and club events for life. This would be particularly the case if the member was a responsible adult and if a police conviction has been received.
b) At the other end of the scale, if the member was an under 18 player and if this was a first occurrence and if they had only received a police caution then a measure of leniency and education would be more appropriate. An outcome would be a ban from playing matches or from the premises for a period of time and a mandatory requirement to participate in a ‘Help with drugs’ programme (eg local authority managed)
c) It is the task of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee to determine an appropriate outcome for offences lying between these two ends of the scale.
d) If the person involved is a non member attending a club function / club event, then they will be subject to a life ban from attending the club or any club functions and the matter will be referred to the Police
The club will run drugs awareness education sessions for age groups U16 to senior on a regular basis (possibly annually). This will cover performance enhancing and recreational drugs and will be delivered by a consultant who works with the RFU drugs testing unit.
South Molton RFC - Club Alcohol Policy
Statement 1 – The club recognises that many parents would probably prefer that their 16 and 17 year olds’ early involvement with alcohol takes place within the confines of a rugby club than the alternatives that exist.
Statement 2 – Notwithstanding the above, the club has to comply with the licensing laws regarding U18 consumption of alcohol and the specific conditions on our club premises certificate regarding drinking generally.
All bar staff will be required to ask for proof of age for anyone who appears to be under 21 ; this can be a driving licence, passport, University card, etc. This applies to visiting players as well as home players.
Under 18s will be allowed to have beer or cider with a table meal (ie match teas) as long as it is purchased by an adult. No spirits, port, wines should be served. The table meal will last a maximum of 1.5 hours.
Under 18s will not be allowed to participate in any drinking games. This includes games with non alcoholic drinks. Drinking games involving adults are prohibited if they are considered to present a “significant risk to Children, Public Safety, Public Nuisance or Crime and Disorder” , as per the club’s Licensing Conditions.
Under 18s who are playing senior rugby must be supervised by a nominated responsible adult during away matches to ensure that no alcohol is taken after the post match meal.
Anyone who has had too much to drink and is causing a problem to other members or is becoming a liability to themselves, in the opinion of the bar staff, will not be served any alcohol.
Approved & Adopted by South Molton Rugby Football Club 2019