York Acorn RLC

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Member's Guide

Thank you for being a member of York Acorn Rugby League Club! We are delighted to have you!

This page is your guide to membership at our club. If you are new to the club, check out the Getting Started tab first.

If you have any questions, please ask your Captain or our Membership Secretary using the link below.


  • Getting started is to help you get oriented at your new club
  • What you can expect from your club - how the club supports you, our members
  • What the club expects from you - as a non-profit organisation we rely on the support of members to keep the club running.
  • For Parents/Guardians - is to help introduce you and your youngster to the club
  • How does the club spend my money? - explains how the club committee spends membership income.
  • Club Rules & Policies - how the club operates, including our Constitution
  • Safeguarding - providing a safe environment for all
  • Injury reporting - how to report injuries on and off the pitch.

How to get started as a new member

Now that you're a member, you'll want to:

Find out "what's on" at the club:

  • the Home Page and Club Calendar (and Club Page on Teamo app) shows all club fixtures and social events
  • the Home Page and News Page show the latest updates and news - including match reports
  • Notifications in Teamo give you prompts for what's coming up

Get assigned to a Team and meet your Coach

  • if you're not assigned to a team in Teamo, ask the Membership Secretary or relevant Club Coach for help
  • you can be assigned to more than one team on Teamo
  • introduce yourself to your Coach and discuss where you like to play

Meet your team mates at training

  • meet your team mates, improve your fitness and hone your skills at training.
  • check out your Team's own page on the website

Get your Club Branded Sportswear

Members can purchase club-branded kit from O'Neills, our official kit supplier. 

What you can expect from your club

The club will


Live up to its Purpose

Our Purpose is: To promote a supportive, social & family environment for all to learn and play Rugby League at all levels

Live up to its Values

Our Club Values are: Enjoyment, Welcoming, Respect, Growth, Inclusivity

Provide competitive and social Rugby

We offer Ladies, Men's, Youth and Junior's teams plus Masters teams - all of whom play in various League, cup and regional competitions.

Provide a range of social events

We have a full social calendar to suit everyone's taste - Including Club Days, Discos, Dinners, Bands and seasonal parties. There is a modest charge for some social events to cover costs and make a small profit towards club income.

Spend money wisely to minimise cost for members

We aim to keep membership and match fees as low as we can so your committee manages our costs closely and we put effort into lots of fundraising too.

Provide coaches and training

Our facilities make up our biggest cost but we believe most members value the training and coaching we offer.

Listen to feedback and respond

We welcome feedback on how to improve the club in any way. Please get in touch at via Teamo chat and have your say in our regular Member Surveys.

What your club expects from you

The lists below is aimed primarily at adult members, but we welcome our junior members and their parents/guardians taking part in any aspect of the club too. For example many of our juniors and parents take part club events for which we are very grateful.

The club expects members to...


If you would like to do more, there are lots of ways to help, including:

Could you....


Parents/guardians of Junior Members

As parents/guardians of a junior member, you may not be a member but we consider you as part of the club "family".

One of our Club Values is GROWTH and that includes the fostering the growth of your youngster as a Rugby League player, a team member and a person. We take pride in helping our juniors progress through the juniors ranks and into our senior sides - to the highest level they are enjoying. We hope you will help the club along the way!

Safeguarding is also a club commitment - see the Safeguarding tab on this page.


  • Do as many of the things in the "What your club expects from you" as you can - More details here
  • Join the Club as a Social Member if you would like to. This helps the club's finances and entitles you to discounts at the bar!
  • Encourage your youngster to stay for "refreshments" after a fixture. Please stay for "our hospitality" after the game rather than leaving the minute a match ends - we'll take good care of you. All Rugby League clubs provide a light lunch/tea after a game - it's a chance to relax with teammates (and opposition), talk about the game and enjoy each other's company. We make sure that your youngsters get lots of encouragement and support. Staying for 30 minutes or so after the game is an important opportunity to get to know the team members and develop their social skills.
  • Do give your youngster access to use Teamo if they are capable but please help them be responsive and proactive in using it e.g. putting in availability a few weeks in advance.
  • Do come along and support your youngster from the sidelines. You are very welcome to watch from the sidelines and even come along to away matches.
  • Get involved: if you would like to be involved in the club in any large or small way, or have ideas which could benefit the club in any way - please talk to us.
Alan HavercroftWebmaster

Club Rules and Policies

Please download the Club Rules and Policies below.


  1. Code of Conduct for Players
  2. Code of Conduct for Junior Members
  3. Code of Conduct for Club Officials, Coaches and Volunteers
  4. Code of Conduct for Parents, Guardians/Carers and Spectators
  5. Membership Application Policy
  6. Disciplinary Rules And Procedures
  7. Equity Policy Statement
  8. Procedures for Emergency First aid at Matches and Training Sessions
  9. Guidelines for Dealing with an Accident/Incident
  10. Procedures For Informing Coaches Of Medical Details and Emergency Contact Details 
  11. Development Selection Policy
  12. Keeping Safe –Your welfare as a young person

Policy_and_Club_Rules September 2022 v0.2.pdf

Other Club Policies and the Club Constitution can be found on the Policies and Documents page.

Welfare and Safeguarding

We take the welfare of junior players very seriously and believes all young people participating in Rugby League (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to play in an environment free from poor practice, abuse and harm.

York Acorn Rugby League Club adopts The RFL Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance to ensure all those in the Rugby League family have a safe and positive experience.

All Managers and Coaches for Junior teams are DBS checked, as well as all Managers and Coaches in Senior teams as many Senior teams have junior (Under 18 years) players. All coaches are required to attend a Safeguarding Course.

Please contact our welfare officer if you have any concerns about welfare of safeguarding at York Acorn Rugby League Club by clicking on the Welfare Officer details below.

Please see below for more information on York Acorn Rugby League Club's commitment and policy for safeguarding.

  • Safeguarding Policy.pdf
  • Safeguarding_Referral_Form.pdf
  • Safeguarding Commitment.pdf
  • Information for Parents.pdf

Protective Equipment

In accordance with RFL recommendations, it is advised that children wear mouthguards (gumshields). These should be provided by parents.

Video & Photography

When you apply for your child to be registered to the Club, you have an option to not have your child’s photos published on the Club website. 

Please ensure that you make your preference clear (in terms of potential use of photos/videos of your child on our website and social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube) in the personal profile section in Teamo.

Club Aims and Values

We believe that it is important that everyone who comes into contact with the club, whether as a player, official, visitor, spectator or sponsor, has a clear and transparent view of York Acorn Rugby League Club's purpose and values.

Our Club Purpose

To promote a supportive, social & family environment for all to learn and play Rugby League at all levels

This has been adopted as the over-arching principle which guides everything we do as an amateur community sports club. This purpose is embodied in our club values which inform decision-making and everyday activities across the club.

Our Club Values

  • Enjoyment - we want everyone to enjoy their experience at the club with friendships, social events and competitive or social Rugby League
  • Welcoming - we offer a friendly, inclusive, safe and welcoming environment to help everyone feel at home at the club
  • Respect - we treat our sport, fellow members, opposition players, referees, coaches and volunteers with the respect we would expect ourselves
  • Growth - we aspire to grow the Rugby League skills and performance of all players, Coaches, referees and volunteers - and to increase local participation in Rugby League and our club
  • Inclusivity - we offer fairness, inclusiveness, equality of access and take steps to recognise and address inequalities

We take our values seriously and if you feel that there is more we can do in any specific area or something which does not support our values, please do get in touch by clicking on the link below.

Alan Havercroftwebmaster

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