Stevenage Council

Sports & recreation



The Barclay School

Walkern Road




Dear, Head of PE

My name is Kayleigh Mills and I am the sports and recreation advisor for Stevenage.  I am writing to every head of PE to express my feelings and opinions towards ethics and values in schools.

My personal view of values in sport is that it comes down to the player’s beliefs in the sport and the standard he or she sets. For example whether a team member puts in 100% effort in the sport they are playing.

I define ethics in sport as the moral rules, principles and values, perhaps more simply put, practicing the following core values to sport

  • Fairness  
  • Respect
  • Equity

An example of good ethics is players knowing the rules of a game and following them.

Sport is an important part of life; it can bring people to together. In some cases give people a purpose.  This is why it is important that sport is played properly and good ethics and values are shown. It is better to teach this to children, so it’s with them as they grow up. Whether as athletes, officials, coaches or supporters. We all must take personal responsibility for ensuring that sport is fun and fair for all and this value should be taught at a young age. Ethics is not just about shaking someone’s hand at the end of a game. Sport can provide children with fun, enjoyment, and excitement. In order for them to have this sports ethics and values should be shown and followed. Having high ethical standards is an ongoing process of learning and improvement.

It is important in sport as it is in all aspects of life, that individuals respect the rights of others and in return, knows what rights they can expect. Students should never criticise fellow players or players of the other team, they should only encourage and respect their players.

Fair play refers to the conduct of individuals involved with

any part of sporting practice. Players should play fair and in theory be able to refreree there own matches. Players should respect the decisions made by their officials and abide by them, this shows good sportsmanship. Players should also have knowledge of the game, for example they should know the free kick rule if they are playing football.

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Fair play can be defined as the upholding of fairness before, during and after, and directly relating to a game, match or event. You should always inform players of the consequences that will occur if they do not play fair or cheat. Cheating in sport should never be tolerated because it ruins the game for every one. Fair play can often be best promoted through a code of conduct that clearly defines the rules of the games and the do’s and don’ts.

Equality in sport is the practice of fairness and the upholding of the rules also ...

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