Club Equality Policy

Club Equality Policy: MK Springers


  1. Policy Objectives
  2. Purpose of the Policy
  3. Responsibilities of MK Springers
  4. Responsibilities of club members
  5. Legal Requirements
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation


  1. Policy Objectives

 1.1       MK Springers subscribes to the principles of equality of opportunity and aims to ensure that anyone participating at our gymnastics club is able to do so in a discrimination-free environment.

1.2       The Equality Policy is based on the following fundamental principles, which MK Springers aims to uphold:

1.2.1    All persons must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being and their right to self-determination.

1.2.2    All staff, members, volunteers and job applicants are entitled to be treated fairly regardless of gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, parental or marital status, disability, religion, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, or socio/economic background.

1.2.3    Equality must permeate throughout all of our club plans, procedures and activity.

1.2.4    All participants should be afforded equal opportunity to access services.

1.2.5    In some cases, positive action may be required to address past inequalities or under-representation.

1.2.6    It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that no form of discrimination is tolerated in our gymnastics club.

1.2.7    Any individual who believes they have received unfavourable treatment within the scope of the policy should raise their concern in line with our club’s Procedures.

1.2.8    No individual (and/or their family) who raises a concern in good faith, or those who support another person to raise a concern should be treated unfairly as a result of raising the concern.

2. Purpose of the Policy

2.1       The Equality Policy has been designed to ensure that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, participant or member is unlawfully discriminated against or receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together these are known as the ‘Protected Characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010)

2.3       Equality is about respecting peoples’ individuality. In doing this, MK Springers recognises that its Policy must provide flexibility in order to ensure a service, which is adaptive to individuals’ needs, thus enabling all in our society to participate without prejudice or unnecessary barriers.

  1. Responsibilities of MK Springers

3.1       MK Springers strives to ensure that our club is free from discrimination. We endeavour to promote the highest standards and will:

3.1.1    Provide and implement a policy to protect participants from discrimination.

3.1.2    Encourage individuals from all communities to become involved at any level of participation, coaching, officiating and management.

3.1.3    Adopt good practice in recruitment, training and supervision of all employees and volunteers.

3.1.4    Comply with the requirements of the British Gymnastics Equality Policy.

3.1.5    Respond to all concerns, and implement the appropriate remedial procedures where necessary.

3.2   MK Springers  will work to ensure that inequality is avoided:

3.2.1  When selecting, recruiting and training individuals.

3.2.2  In the monitoring of practices, procedures and data relating to the operations and activities of the club.

3.2.3    In the preparation and distribution of all materials and publications.

3.2.4    By the relaxation of any conventional rules which serve to inhibit the participation of people with special needs or disabilities. Any relaxation of club rules will only be carried out for the purpose above where it is safe to do so and does not have a detrimental effect on the club’s activity.

4.   Responsibilities of club members

4.1       Every club member is required to assist in ensuring that the MK Springers meets its commitment and avoids unlawful discrimination.

5.         Legal Requirements

5.1       MK Springers recognises its legal obligations under, and will abide by the requirements of, the Equality Act 2010, and any later amendments to such legislation.

5.2       It is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment, employment or in the provision of services because of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, religion or belief, or because someone is married or in a civil partnership.

5.3       MK Springers recognises that the following is unacceptable:


“Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying and Victimisation”

5.4       Unlawful discrimination, which can take the following forms:

 5.4.1    Direct Discrimination: – treating someone less favourably than another person because of a Protected Characteristic.

5.4.2    Indirect Discrimination: – an action, rule or policy that applies to everyone but disadvantages someone with a particular Protected Characteristic.

5.4.3    Associative Discrimination: – direct discrimination against someone because they associate with another person who possesses a particular Protected Characteristic.

5.4.4    Discrimination by perception: – direct discrimination against someone because others think they possess a particular Protected Characteristic.

5.4.5    Discrimination arising from disability: – someone is treated unfavourably because of something connected with their disability.

5.4.6    Bullying: – offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, and /or an abuse or misuse of power that is meant to undermine, humiliate or injure the person on the receiving end.

5.4.7    Harassment: – unwanted or offensive conduct directed at oneself or another person.

5.4.8    Harassment by a third party: – the company is potentially liable for harassment of their staff by people not employed by them.

5.4.9    Victimisation: – treating a group or individuals in a detrimental way because they have made or intend to make a complaint or provide evidence in support of another complaint.

 5.5       MK Springers regards acts of discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation as serious issues. Staff or members who are found to have discriminated against, harassed, bullied or victimised any other person, will be dealt with appropriately.

“Reasonable Adjustments”

5.6   MK Springers recognises it has a duty, and is committed to making reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

5.7    MK Springers’ duty to make reasonable adjustments includes the removal, adaptation or alteration of physical features, if the physical features make it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to use services.

5.8   MK Springers, when acting as a service provider, has an obligation to think ahead and address any barriers that may impede disabled people from accessing its service.

6. Monitoring and Evaluation

6.1       The MK Springers Equality Policy will be regularly monitored and will be updated where necessary, in the following situations: –

6.1.1    As a result of any changes in legislation

6.1.2    As a result of any changes in governance of the sport

6.1.3    Following a procedural review as a result of a significant case