Safeguarding and other key information

“The most important element in sport is the people involved, whether they are taking part, volunteering, coaching or paid employees… sport relies on putting people – their safety, well-being and welfare – at the centre of what sport does.”

– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Duty of Care in Sport independent review, April 2017 


At Cardiff Met Archers Basketball club “putting people at the centre of what we do” is fundamental to our ethos. This page provides more information about how we do that from a safeguarding and welfare point of view. Here you can find out who our Welfare Officers are, read our policies, and be signposted to further resources.

All our coaches (over the age of 18) hold basketball coaching qualifications, are DBS checked, have a mentor and attend an annual upskilling workshop. All our head coaches and almost all of our assistants also hold a first aid qualification and have undertaken Safeguarding training. 


If you have concerns about something that’s happened or something you’ve witnessed, it’s important for you to address these concerns, it's vital that you talk to someone. You can speak to any of our Welfare Officers (listed below) and discuss your concern. We ask that ideally you speak to the Welfare Officer in your area first as they should be more familiar with your situation, however you don’t have to do this, you can speak to whomever you are most comfortable with.

If you have an urgent concern about or as a child, you can contact NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm) or Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111.

Please see our resources section at the bottom of the page if you need support about or as an adult. If someone is in immediate danger call emergency

services on 999

Safeguarding officer(s) and contact emails:

Jo Coates-McGrath

Lead Welfare Officer & Wheelchair Basketball Lead


Sarah Wagstaff

Head of Basketball and Welfare Lead for Junior Academy


Stef Collins

Women's Programme Lead


James Dawe

Men's Programme Lead


Tom Guntrip

Head Coach, High Performance Programme (Wheelchair Basketball)


Lucy Witt

Director of Basketball


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