CUFC Photography Policy
Chestermere United FC wants our families and fans to have a great experience and to enjoy photographs of their time with us as a part of their memories. We do allow photographs to be taken on the understanding that the photographs are for personal use as mementos of the game and are not offered for sale, passed on for profit in any capacity, or used for any illicit or commercial purpose.
CUFC owns all copyright and image rights of the club, crests, jerseys and any entertainment created by and controlled by the Club. CUFC does not give permission for any images taken to be used for any commercial use or for financial gain without the Club’s prior knowledge and full written agreement.
All parents/guardians and players should be aware of and have signed and returned the CUFC Photography Consent Form. It is a condition of attending a soccer event that players accept that they may be photographed or filmed as part of the occasion. Players may also appear in a photograph or video inadvertently. The Club, parents/guardians and players must accept this.
CUFC will do all that we reasonably can to ensure that images are used solely for their intended purposes, which are the promotion and celebration of the activities of CUFC.
If you are concerned about the appropriateness of the content of a photograph or if you believe that the use of a photographs infringes on your individual rights or the rights of another person, please contact the coaches for your team to request that the photograph be removed or to advise of your concerns. If the coaching staff does not address your concerns, you may contact the Club office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images, then call the police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk.
Anyone taking photographs should respect players’ privacy. Please remember this when taking pictures of your own children in locations near others. Use of youth (under 18) players’ names is not permitted and no other personal details should be revealed, including in on-line venues, unless you have the explicit permission of a parent/guardian.
When posting or sending photographs on-line, be aware that these photographs may become public, as viewers can save or share using methods offered by the viewer’s device. DO NOT post or share photographs that you wish to remain private.
When assessing the potential risks in the use of images of players, the most important factor is the potential of inappropriate use of images of young people. Awareness of the risks and taking appropriate steps can reduce the potential for misuse of images.
Images should convey the best principles and aspects of soccer, such as fairness and fun. Any photographs taken should be of an appropriate nature. All children must be appropriately dressed. Photographs should focus on the activity, rather than the individual. Photographs should reflect the broad range of youngsters participating safely in soccer. All concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography should be reported to the Club via the coach.
Care should be taken to ensure that images are not sexual or exploitative in nature, nor open to obvious misinterpretation and misuse. Images are not allowed to be recorded in changing rooms, bathrooms or showers. All images of young people should be securely stored to avoid inappropriate use. In the case of images used on websites, particular care must be taken to ensure that no identifying details facilitate contact with a young person by a potential abuser. Suspected inappropriate taking of photographic or recorded images should be reported to a CUFC official (i.e. a coach) at the time AND followed up with a written report to the Club at email@example.com.
When CUFC has commissioned a professional photographer or invited the press to cover an event, we will provide them with our Photography Policy to make clear what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour. We will inform them of our commitment to safekeeping children and young people and will establish who will hold the recorded images and what they intend to do with them. Any cases where a child’s safety could be compromised if their image is taken should be addressed when the Photography Consent Form is signed or as soon as a new issue arises.
Videoing is a legitimate and valuable coaching aid and can be a part of coaching programs. Where used for coaching purposes, players and their parents should be made aware that this is part of the coaching program and be clear of the purpose of filming as a coaching aid. Any person who objects to videoing by the authorized club operator MUST inform the operator immediately. If a parent or child has issues with this, they may have to decide not to play in matches where it is known that there will be video recording. Good practice is therefore that clubs inform opponents that they intend to video. Explaining to parents the reason for using video footage and the guarantees that the clubs give for the use of footage should dispel any fears that parents may have. To prevent video recording due to the fact that there are players under the age of 18 is not a reason to prevent videoing by the opposition.
It is NOT an offence to take appropriate photographs in a public place, even if asked not to do so.
Nobody has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land.
The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and/or videoing at soccer activities will be permitted when carried out on private land. However, this must be made known before allowing individuals access to the private property. An individual who does not comply may be asked to leave the property.