All those involved with the Club agree when joining, to abide by the Codes of Conduct the Club have approved. In reality, the Club, in affiliating to the ASA, agree to promote their codes of conduct:
Club Equality Policy Statement
The Club is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of their activity, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation or any other relevant characteristic.
The Club will ensure that equality as stated in the club rules is incorporated in all aspects of it’s activities and also recognises and adopts the Sport England definition of Sports Equity:
Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status.
The Club also seeks to fulfil the ASA’s Equality Policy Objectives which state:
‘The Amateur Swimming Association (“ASA”) and its subsidiaries are fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity in all its functions: as an employer, membership organisation, awarding body, in its training and development of teachers and coaches; involvement with officials and administrators; as an advisor to swimming pool designers and operators and as a facilitator of the aquatic disciplines by all its members. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, member, service user or person within its jurisdiction (together “Stakeholders”) are unlawfully discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the “Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010”) or any other irrelevant characteristic’.
‘The ASA considers the aquatic disciplines to provide “sport for all”. They can and should be made accessible to everyone, to the greatest extent possible’.
The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from the threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse.
All Club members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
The Club will deal with any incidents of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.
The ASA Equality Policy and further useful
information and equality guidance for clubs can be found at www.swimming.org