Bullying also goes on in sports clubs in school and out of school.
If you're a young sports player and you're feeling upset at the way you're being treated on the field by your team mates or adults involved in the game then there are things you can do about that.
Not everyone can be on the team so don't be upset if you're not always chosen. That doesn't mean that you're being bullied, just that the coach needs to pick the strongest side.
But if team mates make fun of you on the pitch or in the changing room, or try to upset you to put you off the game so that you don't want to take part in training sessions, that could be bullying if it keeps happening.
Action you can take
- Tell your parents or carer
- Ask your parents to contact your team coach
- Keep a diary of what happens
- Ask friends on the team to back up what you say
If the problem isn't resolved, your parents should ask the coach or team manager for a copy of the complaints and/or bullying policy. There is more information on this for your parents in the parents section and for teachers and sports club leaders in the schools section of Bullying UK.