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Navan RFC Social Networking Policy (Club)

In an increasingly “Social” world, Navan Rugby Football Club (NRFC) and all its members must adhere to the NRFC Social Media Policy as described below to protect the players, officials and club members from our Club, referees and the wider rugby community. Any member using Social Networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and in some cases YouTube where video clips are uploaded may do so, however, comments, videos or accusations that can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading are strictly prohibited when the content involved is of a Rugby nature. Should you wish to upload any video footage to YouTube that involves any vision of a club member or club or AIL officials and you are unsure if it could be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading – seek approval from the NRFC Executive so as to not breach this policy.

Whilst the Club understands that individuals have a right to freedom of speech, it is reasonable to expect that an individual or individuals be held to the same standards for Social Media that they would normally and reasonably be held to in other forms of public communications. Comments or accusations that can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading can result in disciplinary action from NRFC.

Under the club’s stance in relation to this policy, NRFC would like to make it very clear to its players, coaches, officials and club members, that you are responsible for your statements and actions unless written approval has been granted by the club to make comment on a matter. Any misuse of a Social Networking site on Rugby union matters, which includes comments made about our club, the League, an opposition player or club, club member, or official which can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading will not be tolerated.

In addition, NRFC would remind its players, officials, club members and supporters that while you may think that Social Networking postings remain in a private domain, such postings can be seen by others and made public. Some people recognize the harm and distress this type of behaviour can cause and can bring it to the attention of the Club or the IRFU. Such comments could also lead to civil court proceedings being brought by affect parties.

This is the Policy stance of Navan Rugby Football Club.