Policies and guidelines

Policies and Governance

At Middle Park Football Club, we believe in keeping things simple and transparent. Our commitment to providing the best footballexperience begins with strong policies and governance. Let's take a closer look:

Why Policies Matter?

Policies are like the rules of the game. They guide us in making fair decisions and ensure everyone knows what to expect. Our policies cover everything from team selection to player conduct, promoting respect and sportsmanship on and off the field.

The Power of Governance

Governance might sound fancy, but it's all about how we run things. We have a team of dedicated individuals who oversee our Club's operations. They make sure we're following the rules, managing finances responsibly, and planning for the future.

What This Means for You

When you're part of Middle Park Football Club, you can trust that we're committed to fairness, safety, and a fun football experience. Our policies and governance help create a level playing field where everyone can enjoy the game and grow as players and individuals.

Stay Informed

Want to know more? Check out our policies and governance documents below to see how we're making football a great experience for you and your family.

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To make sure your kids get the most out of their participation, you need to participate, too. Being involved, in a positive way, means you provide encouragement, support, and practical help. In short, you’re a team player, no matter the sport.

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Parents and guardians

Your Responsibilities

We request that you bring players to training and to matches on time, as directed by your Team Manager. And that you pick up players from training and matches on time. Please do not expect Club coaches and Team Managers to transport your child to and from matches and training. Please support your child by remaining at training and matches – they will benefit from your encouragement. The best experience a child has is when they have the support of their family on match days. The strongest and most united teams always have the strongest and most united parent/guardian support behind them.

Help us to keep your son/daughter safe. Players must have shin guards, drinks and sunscreen. Please tell us about any injuries, allergies, medical conditions we need to know about. Enjoy the games and

let the coaches do the coaching. We try to keep one side of the pitch for coaches and players and the other side for spectators. Please stay together with parents from your team and respect the space the coach needs with all players. Please refer to the Parent and

Your Rights

We will keep your son / daughter safe while they are with us. We will provide your son / daughter with the best coaching we have available. Our coaches are volunteers. The club helps our coaches to understand how to coach and what to coach and offers accredited coaching courses facilitated by Football Victoria. At junior level our focus is to develop the skills and technique of all players and to instil in all players the ethos of how to play and enjoy a team game. BSC and our coaches always put skill development ahead of winning.

All MiniRoos and Junior team players are entitled to equal time on the field regardless of theirability. This is measured over the course of a season and will be impacted by sickness, injury, continued non-attendance at training, holidays and suspension (junior teams) Our coaches understand that at junior level it is important that players are encouraged to play in different positions throughout the season. Our club also believe that we should be trying to identify and develop outstanding talent. If your son / daughter is identified as an emerging Socceroo or Matilda you can expect additional development activities to be provided or. There may be an additional cost should this be recommended.

If at any time, you are not happy with the conduct of any persons at the club you have an opportunity to share your concerns. Refer any such issues to your Team Manager in the first instance who will address the issue as best they can. They may choose to escalate the matter to a member of the MPFC Committee.

There is a risk that images of children may be used inappropriately or illegally. We require the privacy of others is respected and we disallow the use of camera phones, videos and cameras inside changing areas, showers and toilets which we control or are used in connection with our sport. If MPFC or Football Victoria use an image of a child it will avoid naming or identifying the child or it will avoid using both the first name and surname. We will not display personal information such as residential address, email address or telephone numbers without gaining consent from the child’s parent/guardian. We will not display information about hobbies, likes/dislikes, school, etc as this information can be used as grooming tools by pedophiles or other persons. We will only use appropriate images of a child, relevant to football and we will ensure that the child is suitably clothed in a manner that promotes the sport and displays success. Where possible Football Victoria will seek parental permission to use these images.

Medical Policy

Role of the Club 

Our coaches, team managers and Club officials do everything in their power to keep your child healthy and safe. However, they cannot be expected – given the number of children they supervise – to completely manage the medical needs of every child without parental assistance, especially where a child may have a serious or life threatening medical condition. 

Role of parents

To assist us, parents’ must provide any relevant medical, dietary or other care information to their child’s coach and/or team manager, and must complete and return the Confidential Medical Information Form. If – as happens from time to time – a child is being supervised by a coach and/or team manager that is not aware of the child’s condition, the parent must make sure the supervising adult is aware of the child’s care information.

In addition, if a child requires specialised care during training or games, a parent must be present at all times to supervise their child and provide that care.

Parents are also deemed to accept all the risks involved in the administration of any necessary medical, dental, surgical or first aid treatment, and to accept responsibility for the payment of all expenses incurred in relation to such treatment (including any emergency transportation required).


Victorians love their sport.

There are approximately 2.2 million participants, 980,000 paid staff and volunteers, 12,000 sports clubs, and 9,500 community sports facilities in Victoria.

Victorians are involved in sport in many different capacities. Positive and appropriate actions and behaviours of each and every one of these individuals is essential to ensuring safe, fair and inclusive sporting environments.

There is no place in sport for bad behaviour, violence, cheating or intimidation.

At the heart of the Fair Play Code are the five principles:

These principles apply to everyone involved in sport in Victoria, no matter what role they play.

As an individual, team, club, league or association, if you encounter bad behaviour, either on or off the sporting field, refer to the Fair Play Code.

The Fair Play Code is a guide on how to apply the principles, and the responsibilities of those involved in sport.

The Fair Play Code first came into effect on 1 July 2018. Victoria’s sporting organisations who receive funding from the Victorian Government are required to actively promote, adhere to and enforce the Fair Play Code.

Codes of Conduct and Behaviour

Middle Park FC has a club code of conduct that is expected to have been read, understood and adhered to by all its members, players, spectators, game leaders, referees, coaches and anyone else aligned with the Club.

Full Codes of Conduct can be found here.





Gambling Policy

Middle Park FC are signatories of the Love The Game Charter.

This means that we as a club:

Seniors Funding

MPFC maintain a clear separation between the financing of Senior teams and the revenue generated from our MiniRoos, Juniors and Youth Programs.

No Fees from the MiniRoos, Juniors and Youth Programs go toward the costs of our Seniors Program.

Seniors will remain financially independent.

Lost Property

Lost property should be handed to your team manager who will leave it in the equipment room (Lost Property Box). Parents should check here when searching for lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of season.