Ethos & Code of Conduct

Ethos

Kings Heath Running Club was created to provide a network for people to share their interest in running with an informal structure, geared towards socialising with other like-minded people. The club welcomes runners of all abilities including new runners and beginners and caters for a range of running styles and interests.

We provide an inclusive space for all in the spirit of the Equalities Act 2010 and are committed to respecting our members’ protected characteristics (Sex, disabilities, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, pregnancy/maternity, marital status).

We expect members to treat each other with respect and be ambassadors for the club.

Code of conduct

Kings Heath RC does not tolerate the physical or mental abuse, harassment, discrimination against, or defamation of its members during, or subsequent to, club events, or through associated social media (in particular its Facebook and Twitter accounts or website).

Any member may be disciplined or excluded from membership of Kings Heath RC if his or her conduct has been, or is likely to be, prejudicial to the interests of the Club.

Consequently members must not either air views or disseminate literature during Club meetings/events or through Club related social media, with the intention to harass, discriminate against or victimise other members or the wider community, in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010.

If a member feels they have been unfairly treated or targeted by another member, they shall raise this with the Club Committee so it can be addressed directly.

Similarly Committee members who feel that unfair treatment or targeting of another member is occurring should raise this at a Committee Meeting.

Once a complaint has been made, the committee will

  • discuss the matter with the individuals involved and seek a resolution, and if the matter is not resolved will
  • conduct a vote to exclude the member.

Exclusions must be agreed by resolution of a majority of at least two thirds of those present and voting at a properly convened Committee Meeting, and at which no fewer than seven members of the Committee shall be present.  Any member deemed to have broken the rules may be permanently removed from the Club.

Hate crimes will be reported to Police immediately.

The Committee can skip step one (discussion with the individual) and go straight to step two (vote for exclusion) if it feels that the issue is sufficiently severe.

All exclusions will be permanent.  However members who have been excluded from the Club will have a right to appeal one month after their exclusion has taken place. Date of exclusion is determined as the date the member is informed of their exclusion from Club, with an explanation for the reasons, and details about how to appeal against the decision.

Voting in relation to appeals: Granting of an appeal, and rescinding of an exclusion must be agreed by resolution of a majority of at least two thirds of those present and voting at a properly convened Committee Meeting, and at which no fewer than seven members of the Committee shall be present.