All spectators should:

  • Act as positive role models to all players.
  • Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidelines in relation to verbal and emotional abuse
  • Respect guidance from the Club or School with regard to spectator behaviour
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players irrespective of the team in which they play.
  • Respect match officials’ decisions, even if they appear to be a mistake – remember, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for players to play rugby.
  • Never verbally abuse players, coaches, match officials or fellow spectators: such behaviour can create a negative environment for players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
  • Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than ‘to win at all costs’.
  • Verbally encourage all players in a positive manner, shouting ‘for’ not ‘at’ the players.
  • Encourage all players irrespective of their ability – never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team in which they play.

Version 1 – October 2020