2020 GB Squad Fighter Code of Conduct

All members of the BJA World Class Performance Programme, and BJA Senior and Junior Squads, must agree to abide by the BJA’s Code of Conduct as outlined below:

  • Conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to a representative of Great Britain- remembering our core values to be¬†Respect, Unity, Integrity, Trust and Excellence. (See Appendix 1)
  • Strive to maintain the philosophies and traditions of Judo, comply with the rules and bylaws of the BJA and abide by the spirit, as well as the letter, of the rules of sport.
  • Exercise self‚Äźcontrol, responsible behaviour, consideration of others, courtesy and good manners at all times. Accept the decisions of tournament officials and show respect for these officials at all times, this includes accepting victory and defeat in an appropriate manner.
  • Fully engage with all aspects of training and competition programmes. These may include, but are not limited to; Open National Squad Training (ONST), Elite Development Squad Camps (EDS), England Talent Development (ETD) Camps, selected preparation camps, international events and training camps, and meetings punctually, with necessary kit and nutrition in place. Ultimately bringing the best version of themselves.
  • Set a positive example (particularly to young players and supporters) at all times, this includes physical appearance, language and demeanour in public, training, coaching, competing and especially in defeat. Maintain personal habits of health conductive to sporting excellence.
  • Always show regard for the best interest of the sport when publicly expressing an opinion of the sport, or any aspect of a tournament or incident. Refrain from making any adverse or unjustifiable public statement, which is insulting of the BJA and / or its staff (directly employed or contracted), the sport, the BJA‚Äôs Commercial Partners, the National Lottery or any of the bodies working to promote high performance sport in the UK, nor to make any public statement which constitutes a ‚Äúpersonal attack‚ÄĚ upon another sporting competitor. Comply with the External media guidelines (See Appendix 2)
  • Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid deliberate injuries and assist injured opponents when necessary.
  • Encourage their personal coach to attend Performance activities when invited, passing on all relevant information regarding their programme and development to them.
  • Comply with all WADA, UKAD and BJA Anti-Doping rules, regulations and procedures. (See Appendix 2)
  • Be committed to the attainment of sporting excellence, making every effort to develop their sporting abilities to full potential in terms of skill, technique, tactics and fitness.
  • Arrive at events, best prepared to give your best performance.
  • Manage their weight in a safe and controlled way. (See Appendix 2).
  • Carry out all reasonable instructions requested by the Performance Staff.
  • As best practice, keep an appropriate diary to record all aspects of their development, to aid reflection and further development. This can also be used as a communication aid between you and Performance Staff.
  • Fully read any communication circulated by the BJA
  • Keep Performance Personnel fully informed of their whereabouts at events where they are under the jurisdiction of the BJA.
  • Abide by all curfew instructions when participating in events which include overnight stays.
  • Abide by BJA‚Äôs Alcohol Policy (See Appendix 2).

I, (athlete), by ticking the below box for this agreement, confirm that I:

  • have read, understood and agree to comply with the BJA Code of Conduct Policy above.
  • have read and understood Appendix 2 of this agreement.
  • have read and understood Important Notices, Appendix 3 of this agreement.
  • agree to read the current BJA Selection Criteria Documents (published on website).
  • agree to report any bullying to a member of the BJA Performance Staff.
  • agree to the BJA and selected partners of the association, using your name and image in promotional materials, marketing, advertising and merchandising at the BJA‚Äôs discretion throughout the duration of the agreement without charge.
  • agree to wear any GB Kit which I have been provided with during ONST‚Äôs and when representing Great Britain.
  • agree to comply with all reasonable requests made by the BJA for information and/or documentation in connection with the monitoring of my training and competition schedule, weight management and utilisation of any awards I receive in the pursuit of sporting excellence.
  • agree to inform the BJA immediately both verbally and in writing of any changes to my personal circumstance that might affect my participation in the GB National Squad or WCPP and/or in the sport of Judo itself.
  • have read, understood and agree to comply with all anti-doping laws/rules and drug test requirements of the BJA, UK Sport, EJU, IJF, UKAD, and WADA.
  • understand that my inclusion within the GB National Squad is under constant assessment and my continued participation within the Squad is dependent on my commitment to the programme, adherence to the BJA policies and procedures and attendance at ONST‚Äôs.

I understand that failure to adhere and comply in full to any part of this document will lead to the consequences outlined in Appendix 4, and may result in my immediate removal from the BJA WCPP and/or National Squad, and all benefits associated with it -including the withdrawal of any personal funding I may receive.

It is strongly recommended that ALL British squad players take out personal medical insurance. If you are a non-funded player this is your responsibility, unless informed otherwise.

Athlete Signature:                                                            Athlete Name:                                                  (Block Capitals) 

Date:   ___________________________

If athlete is Under 18, this agreement must be countersigned by their Parent/Guardian:

I                                             (Parent/Guardian Name), confirm that both I, and the athlete named above, have read, understood and agree to the BJA Player Code of Ethics and Conduct, and agreement. I consent for use of images I grant to the BJA without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the team activity. I agree to notify the BJA of any relevant changes in my child’s circumstances. I confirm that my child is not under a court order.

Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________  Parent/Guardian Name:___________________

Date:   ___________________________

Appendix 1: British Judo Values & Behaviours

  1. Integrity

Integrity is essential to trust. Integrity means being honest and truthful, without it calls into question whether an individual can be relied upon, damaging the team and therefore operational effectiveness. Integrity also demands that those who are in positions of authority, at whatever level, set the highest standards and are fair and consistent to everyone.

  1. Respect For Others

Respect for others is a hallmark of high performing organisations, it comes from having due regard for the feelings, views and rights of others.  Respect for others goes up, down, sideways and outwards.   It extends to the treatment of all people, including colleagues, athletes, stakeholders, members, parents, coaches, referees and volunteers.

  1. Unity

The Performance Team can only be effective if everyone plays their part in full. Individual needs and desires are subordinate to those of the team. Effective teams are interdependent upon each other’s skills, knowledge and attributes, recognising and utilising these strengths for the common good.

  1. Professional Standards of Excellence

These are the established morals, ethics, habits that are maintained at all times. Standards of excellence safeguard both operational effectiveness and British Judo’s reputation. They determine the way we tackle tasks, take responsibility and ensure a job is well done, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

  1. Trust

Trust is the belief and confidence in the integrity, reliability and fairness of a person, it is an essential human value that quantifies and defines our interdependence in relationships with others. It is difficult to acquire, and when fractured even harder to redeem. 

Appendix 2: Anti-Doping, Weight Management, Alcohol and External Media

1.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Anti‚ÄźDoping:

Strict liability means that all athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

Please refer to the BJA Anti-Doping rules: https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Anti-Doping-Rules.pdf

All members of the British squad are encouraged to visit the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and The Global Dro websites to make themselves aware of the latest information around anti-doping:




You must cooperate fully with the Anti-Doping programme both in and out of competition, including providing whereabouts information as required.

You must keep the BJA informed of any other personal circumstances that may affect their ability to adhere to the out‚Äźof competition testing programme.

2. Weight Control:

It is the responsibility of each player to manage their weight in a controlled and safe manner.

Excessive¬†–¬†food & fluid¬†restriction,¬†training, heat stress¬†and other methods¬†to make weight before competition result in underperformance and place¬†athletes health¬†at significant risk.

Short-term risks include, but not limited to- underperformance, illness & injury due to fatigue and cardiac complications associated with severe dehydration.

Long-term risks include, but not limited to- mental health issues, eating disorders, bone disease, reproductive disorders, impaired growth & development, impaired renal function and overuse injuries.

The BJA have a Weight Management Policy for Junior/U23. This is adhered to by athletes at the Centre of Excellence, and this is recommended as best practice for all British players in the Junior and Senior squads. These documents can be found here.

3. Alcohol:

While representing Great Britain, players under the legal drinking age in the country in which the event is being held and, as a minimum, under the legal drinking age in the UK, will not be allowed to drink alcohol at any time.

While representing Great Britain players and members of the support staff team over the legal drinking age in the country in which the event is being held, and over 18yrs of age, will not be allowed to drink alcohol at any time.

Any players or member of the support staff team found to be drinking alcohol during a competition/training camp will be withdrawn from the competition/training camp and, at the discretion of the designated Team Leader, may be sent home and may be required to refund all incurred costs to the BJA. It will be reported to the Performance Director who will consider evidence and assess the appropriate course of action.  Any sanction will be dependent upon the severity of the infringement.  All infringements will be treated individually.

The ONLY time that alcohol may be consumed by players and/or members of the support staff team over the legal drinking age, is at the discretion of the designated Team leader. The ONLY events at which this discretion may be applied are Senior World Championships, Senior European Championships, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and ONLY after all of the fights for all of the players in the delegation are completed and/or after all training sessions are completed for the whole team. It would be expected that any alcohol consumed at this time would be in moderation.  If a player and/or member of the support staff team become inebriated in the opinion of the designated Leader, it will be reported to the Performance Director who will consider evidence and assess the appropriate course of action.  Any sanction will be dependent upon the severity of the infringement.  All infringements will be treated individually.

The BJA would advise players not to drink at any time during international representation and to drink with moderation during main preparation and competition training blocks.

4. External media

British Judo recognise and support the athletes’ rights to freedom of speech, expression, and association both on social media and in interviews with external media (including national and local press).

However, each British Judo Squad member must remember that you represent British Judo and you are expected to portray yourself, your team, and the BJA in a positive manner at all times.

British Judo will not tolerate disrespectful comments and behaviour in external media, such as:

  • Derogatory language or remarks directed towards British Judo, British Judo athletes, coaches or staff; athletes, coaches, or¬†representatives of other Judo Federations and members of the public
  • Derogatory language or remarks that could reasonably offend someone on the basis of race, age, sex, religious or political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation
  • The sharing or posting of inappropriate content or material that could reasonably offend someone on the basis of race, age, sex, religious or political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation
  • Sharing or posting of inappropriate content including photos, videos, links, messages or statements depicting: violence; bullying; sexual harassment; racial or religious slurs; pornography; gender-specific comments; inappropriate gestures; encouragement of criminal acts; underage drinking; use, possession or selling of illegal drugs; or any other inappropriate behaviours
  • Unsolicited views on social, political or religious matters that could be deemed offensive or antagonistic
  • Criticism – whether explicit or inferred – of event organisers, volunteers, participants or spectators
  • Creating a serious danger to the safety of another person or making a credible threat of¬†serious physical or emotional injury to another person

Appendix 3: Important Notices


  • As a member of the GB National Squad, the GB WCPP will cover the cost of your IJF Judobase I.D. Card should you require one to enter International Competitions listed on the IJF Tour.


  • As a member of the GB National Squad, the GB WCPP will provide you with some GB Adidas Kit for you wear when you attend ONST‚Äôs and other events. (see GB Kit Memo for further details).
  • Athletes will be given the opportunity at specific points during the year to purchase Extra GB Adidas Kit.


  • All Expense Claims must be submitted by email (in original Excel Format) within 2 weeks of the event.
  • Receipts must be provided for all expenditure (except for mileage), i.e: train/bus/Parking/tolls/taxi.
  • The current mileage rate which players may claim is 20p per mile. Hire Cars are not permitted.
  • In certain circumstances, i.e: for players who don‚Äôt drive, or to prevent long stays at airport car parks, players may claim double mileage. For example: parents/friends taking players to the airport for the outbound flight or to an event, and then collecting them again on their return.
  • When claiming mileage, your ‚Äúhome‚ÄĚ address will be taken as the address you provided us with during your online Squad Registration. Athletes are expected to share transport to/from events/departure points whenever and wherever possible.
  • It is expected that you travel by the most economic means possible. (Taxis only as a last resort).
  • If using Airport Parking, please only use Long-Stay Parking and Pre-book in advance.
  • If booking train tickets, please check whether 2x single tickets would work out cheaper than 1x return.
  • Please make any travel booking as soon as possible and don‚Äôt leave it until the day before the event.
  • Athletes are unable to claim for any expenses to attend Hospital/Medical/Physio appointments.


  • Please note that BJA Travel Insurance only covers you for medical assistance and loss of essential training wear or kit.
  • All non-essential personal items such as jewellery, make-up, perfume, electrical items, etc, that maybe lost, stolen or damaged during the course of an international trip will NOT be covered – please think carefully about what you pack.
  • If you need cover for personal belongings, you MUST take out your own annual Travel Insurance Policy.
  • For up-to-date travel advice for the country you are visiting: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
  • Athletes are responsible for ensuring they have the correct immunisation for the Country being visited.


  • Whenever you travel to EU Destinations, please ensure that you take your European Health Insurance Card (formerly known as E111) in case of medical emergencies. EHIC are free of charge and forms to apply are available from the post office or you can apply online at: ehic.org.uk
  • To check what vaccinations and health precautions you require, please visit: fitfortravel.nhs.uk


  • Any athlete who wins any IJF Prize Money is entitled to keep the full amount.


  • It is the athletes‚Äô responsibility to ensure they hold a current valid BJA Membership Licence.


  • It is the athletes‚Äô responsibility to ensure that they hold a current valid UK Passport.


  • It is the athletes‚Äô responsibility to ensure that they hold a valid visa (if required) for the Country they are travelling to.


  • Any charges incurred due to missed flights as a result of an athlete actions (late/wrong airport etc.) that has been booked on their behalf will be the responsibility of the athlete. This includes fees to change flight, cost of a new ticket, cost of overnight accommodation, meals etc.¬† This will also apply in the case of changed flights, without exceptional reason.


  • Athletes are able to try and claim (direct with the airlines) any air miles should they choose to do so.


  • Athletes are able to try and claim (direct with the airline or a claim company) any flight delay compensation should they be affected and should they wish to do so.


  • Wherever possible, the GB WCPP will aim to provide a contribution towards meal costs when athletes are in attendance at official GB WCPP events. Please note that it is only a contribution and athletes maybe expected to cover the remaining part of their daily board basis themselves.¬† Contributions will be provided in the most suitable currency and denomination and will be communicated in advance for each event.
  • Expense Claims for drinks, snacks, or meals on travel days will NOT be accepted, as your subsistence allowance has been calculated to include travel days.
  • Athletes attending European Training Bases with the GB WCPP will NOT be provided with any Board or Subsistence (only B&B Accommodation will be booked with the host country). European Training Bases are just a normal training week, except in a different training environment.


  • Both White & Blue IJF Approved judogi will be required for IJF Tour Events.
  • If you have been provided with ADIDAS JUDOGI‚Äôs, these MUST be worn with NO EXCEPTIONS, as per the obligations outlined in your signed APA Agreement.
  • According to IJF/EJU rules, all players MUST have their SURNAME and COUNTRY CODE on the back of each judogi.
  • Back patches can be ordered from either: mybacknumber.com or¬† www.ijfbacknumber.com
  • IMPORTANT: Athletes are 100% responsible for ensuring their own judogi jacket/trousers/belt passes judogi control. Should your judogi fail, and the GB Coach is suspended from coaching other athletes for the rest of the day, you may be liable to cover the coaches‚Äô travel & accommodation costs


  • All members of the GB National Junior, Senior, and VI Squad must attend ONST‚Äôs for the full duration of the camp or not at all (unless agreed otherwise in advance). Injured players should not attend.
  • Athletes must be strapped and ready to start training at least 15mins before the start of the session.
  • Great Britain union jack flags may only be worn on judogi by players who have been selected and competed at international events for Great Britain, otherwise they must be removed.
  • Zori must be worn to the edge of the tatami.
  • You are expected to wear a clean complete judogi whilst training.
  • Anybody requiring physio attention must see the coach in the first instance.
  • Water breaks will be given during technical sessions, – do not leave the mat unless told to do so. Please prepare your own water bottles.
  • Your complete attention is expected at every session.

Appendix 4: Consequences

Failure to adhere and comply in full to any part of this document will lead to the consequences outlined below:

  1. A verbal warning.
  2. Miss the next training session.
  3. Miss the next programme event (competition/training camp)
  4. Removal from WCPP and APA and/or British Squad

Depending on the severity of the contravention, the level of consequence may be automatically raised to level 2, 3 or 4. The Head Coach will be responsible for assessing and imposing the level of Consequence, with the support of the Performance Leadership Team. All Contraventions and resulting Consequences will be recorded by the Centre of Excellence administrator.

Additional disciplinary or criminal proceedings may be undertaken if necessary.