Welfare at the Wimbledon Windmilers

Your club Welfare Officers:

Lorna Young

Henry Keighley-Elstub

If you are concerned about something that's happened to you, or to a friend, at the club, you can email the welfare officers confidentially for advice via the email address: welfare@windmilers.org.uk


The Welfare Officers will:

  • Deal with confidential matters that may arise related to athletes, and have an understanding and an appropriate way to deal with such matters
  • Be responsible for the promotion of codes of conduct to members
  • Receive, record, and pass on to the appropriate body any concerns relating to the welfare of vulnerable adults
  • Support the registration of all personnel involved with the club/organisation (Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS checks)
  • Recognise the difference between poor practice according to club rules, and matters that would be seen as welfare issue

As a member of the Windmilers, it is important that you read and abide by the codes of conduct. If you feel in any way that others within the club are not following these codes of conduct then you should contact a welfare officer as soon as possible.


Code of Conduct for the Club


As a responsible Athletics Club we will:

  • Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with the Welfare Procedures
  • Appoint a welfare officer, preferably two, one male and one female, and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers operating within the club environment hold the appropriate qualifications and have undertaken the appropriate checks e.g. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) / Disclosure Scotland, licences, qualifications such as massage, sports nutrition etc
  • Ensure that coaches, technical officials and club officers attend recommended training in welfare as appropriate.
  • Liaise appropriately with officials, coaches, sports scientists, national governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained
  • Ensure that information is available at the club and to all club officers, team managers, coaches and officials regarding contact details for local social services and the police.
  • Ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to others
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above other considerations including the development of performance
  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, coaches, technical officials or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional or National welfare officer as soon as possible