‘ALL COMPLAINTS MADE TO EVESHAM UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB WILL BE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND DEALT WITH ATTENTION TO DUE DILIGENCE’
Our Aim is:
‘To provide a fair complaints procedure which is both transparent and straightforward to use’.
DEFINITION OF A COMPLAINT
A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, about any aspect of Evesham United Football Club.
DEALING WITH COMPLAINTS – INITIAL CONCERNS (INFORMAL PROCESS)
Evesham United Football Club takes informal concerns seriously with the hope that the specific concern fails to develop into a more formal complaint. However, it is a requirement that any formal complaint follows the published complaints procedure.
In the event that any Youth Member, Parent/Carer, Club or FA Official or Coach feels that he or she has suffered discrimination, experienced or witnessed something of concern or that the Club’s Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have not been adhered to they should report the matter to the relevant Football Club official.
Points of Contact:
The first point of contact for the youth football section will be the specific team coach. For other complaints beyond those which concern a team coach please contact one of the following officials informally in the first instance at:
Evesham United Football Club, Spiers and Hartwell Stadium, Cheltenham Road, Evesham. WR11 2LZ
Issues to do with football matters: The Youth Chairperson and Coach Liaison – Mrs K.Robinson
Issues that concern aspects of welfare: The Child Welfare Officer – Mr.R.Lewis
or the if appropriate beyond these two officials:
The Football Club Chairman – Mr.C.Wright
and / or Vice-Chairman – Mr.G.Bearcroft
For issues that are straightforward and easily resolved, requiring little or no investigation, a private word to the specific lead Team Coach, or if unavailable another Club Official, might remedy the issue or concern that has arisen. This is not to undervalue minor concerns, rather in some instances a solution to the complaint can be agreed uponquickly and to the satisfaction of all (an apology, explanation,or other action).
For example, it may be some aspect of Club Policy has not been fully understood by a parent, or incorrectly applied by a Coach, or The Club policy itself is unclear or contradictory. A private, personal, word with the ‘frontline’ person (e.g.Coach) might be the obvious and simplest approach to take. The Club would expect the issue to be resolved within one week and the coach, or Club Official will be required to report to The Youth Chair and The Welfare Officer the concern and a resolution offered so that this can be agreed and recorded in The Club minutes.
For wider minor issues that concern the Football Club rather than a specific team representation should be made to the Chairman or Vice-Chairman.
More Serious Concerns:
There is always the potential for more serious concerns to arise that require a more significant intervention. In these instances, a more formal process is required so that the Football Club can both record and address the issue or concern.
Where a serious concern or issue arises, this can be reported to any Club Official who is required to pass this concern on to either The Youth Chair, The Welfare Officer, the Chairman or Vice-Chairman as appropriate.
In cases that may involve a complaint against the either The Youth Chair or The Welfare Officer then contact should be made directly to the Chairman or Vice-Chairman.
Once reported, The Youth Chair and Welfare Offer, or Chairman/Vice-Chairman, are collectively responsible for the investigation of any formal issue or concern and for applying the following guiding principles:
Evesham United Football Club operates a no appeals policy.