Alcohol Consumption Policy

Gloucester Rowing Club (GRC) is a friendly family-orientated club that hosts competition events at the club and organises fundraising or social events at local licensed venues. The club supports British Rowing’s Welfare Guidance WG 3.3 ‘Safeguarding juniors at events where alcohol is consumed’ (2010) and has incorporated those principles into this policy.

Aim of this Policy

This policy sets out what the club considers to be acceptable in terms of alcohol consumption by its members.

Legal implications for juniors

The club is aware that in law https://www.gov.uk/alcohol-young-people-law (updated 21 February 2017) it is considered legal for anyone to consume alcohol over the age of 5 and restrictions apply only to the purchase of alcohol. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 years to buy alcohol, or for anyone to buy alcohol on their behalf (by proxy). The exception to this is that an adult may accompany a 16 or 17 year old and buy them wine, beer or cider to drink with a meal.

The club is also aware that for any premises licensed under the 2003 Licensing Act, that the premises manager has a legal responsibility to make sure systems are in place to protect children from ‘physical, moral and psychological harm’.

Health considerations for juniors

GRC shall promote the benefits of a healthy life style as part of its rowing programme and raise awareness of the UK Department of Health’s advice that consuming alcohol below the age of 15 can be detrimental to long term health. The club shall incorporate the UK Department of Health’s recommended guidelines for the club’s social events, as follows:

  • Juniors below the age of 16 shall not be permitted to consume alcohol.
  • Juniors aged 16 and 17 years shall be permitted to consume wine, beer or cider with food provided there is a parent or carer on hand to give guidance.

Conduct

When members are representing the club at social events, training or competition, the club expects that members shall abide by the standards of behaviour required in relation to alcohol consumption, in accordance with the club’s Codes of Conduct:

  • All adult, coaching and club official members shall refrain from bringing and/or consuming alcohol to excess onto the premises, or whilst representing the club away from the premises.
  • All adult members shall be expected to portray themselves in a manner that reflects well on the club.
  • All adult members shall be expected to be a positive role model for junior members and for coaches to lead by example of high standards of behaviour.
  • All junior members shall refrain from bringing to, or consuming alcohol on the premises, or whilst representing the club away from the premises.

Organising events

The club holds a license to sell alcohol on its premises, and for summer regattas the club obtains a temporary event license. The club recognises its responsibility not to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 years, and all young people shall be asked to produce valid ID before the purchase of alcohol is agreed.

The Race Committee shall consult British Rowing’s Welfare Guidance WG 3.4 ‘Guidelines for Rowing Competitions’. Where bottles of alcohol are presented as prizes for novice wins, crew ages shall be checked and if juniors below the age of 18 years form part of the crew, the prize shall be substituted for a non-alcoholic alternative.

Those members organising an event in an external venue shall work closely with licensees to ensure that the welfare of junior members, in relation to alcohol consumption, is taken into account as part of the event planning. The club shall ensure that it is compliant with any safeguarding measures that the licensee has in place and work with any staff dedicated to child welfare.