The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has informed its members of the latest updates to safeguarding requirements to be completed by all coaches attending IMMAF competition with their national teams in 2024.
2024 marks the latest step in IMMAF youth safeguarding. As indicated in 2023, alongside the introduction of the Declaration of Honour, all coaches and team leaders attending IMMAF Youth Championships will be required to complete an official police criminal record check or national equivalent, to be approved for event credentials.
National Federations are responsible for gathering the necessary criminal record checks from all youth event coaching staff, specifying any convictions or any official warnings.
The latest safeguarding requirements have been initiated by the IMMAF Safeguarding Committee, chaired by Dev Kumar Parmer, and with the support of IMMAF Athlete Commission chairperson and former IMMAF World Champion, Irman Smajic.
IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown states: “This is a significant step for IMMAF and all member nations in raising the bar set for ourselves towards excellent safeguarding standards for youth athletes who join us from around the world. It is paramount that our progress should not only be contained to IMMAF events, and so I applaud those among IMMAF’s member nations who themselves have set a high standard of requirement for regulating access to youth at a national level and look forward to seeing their example spread to all nations. I would like to thank all independent experts and the IMMAF Safeguarding Committee who provided valued recommendations and support towards IMMAF policy.”
National federations have been provided with instructions towards fulfilling the new requirements.
For more information contact Safeguarding Committee Liaison, Sophie Mueller: [email protected].