For the purposes of
this policy ‘inclusion’ means access for all. It means recognising differences
between individuals / groups and providing opportunities for them to
participate in Athletics and Running regardless of those differences, whether
this is as a participant, coach, leader, official, volunteer or member of
RUNNING CLUB embraces
diversity and difference and is committed to providing opportunities that are
safe, inclusive, accessible and equitable. We want our club to be equally accessible
to all members of society, whatever their age, disability, gender, race,
ethnicity, sexuality or social/economic status.
We will develop a focus
on inclusion, not exclusion, and ensure that we provide appropriate advice to
members and volunteers to ensure that everyone can participate as fully as
The Inclusion Policy is
intended to promote a change in attitudes and perceptions and to improve
opportunities for everyone to participate at our club.
We will seek to ensure
that we comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the
characteristics protected by it ( age, disability, gender reassignment, race,
religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and
pregnancy and maternity) and encourage our members to do so. We will seek to
include everyone regardless of whether they have a protected characteristic or
Our aim is to provide
an environment where everyone feels:
- Included in decision making
- Able to participate
- Safe and free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and
The aims of the Inclusion Policy are:
- To promote the development of knowledge and understanding of
disability, equity and inclusion amongst our participants, leaders/coaches,
officials, volunteers and competition/event organisers by the provision of
appropriate guidance and training. To guide and support the integration of
inclusive practice into our core club/group programmes and activities.
- To contribute towards growing and sustaining numbers of
people from under-represented groups participating within our club.
- To promote inclusion within Athletics and Running wherever
possible and in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act. The
chairperson is typically the most senior official role in a club and fulfils a
range of duties dealing with overall management of club affairs. The chairperson leads the club to achieve their
vision, short term and long-term goals.
- To adopt inclusive practice within our competition and
- To promote close working partnerships with relevant groups
and organisations to support the development of inclusive practice within our
There are a number of measures that we
will take to ensure that we are working under the guidance of the Policy and
within the requirements of the Equality Act (2010);
- Not tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or
- Actively identify and reduce barriers to participation for
- Consult with expert partners and other organisations to
facilitate inclusive practices and remove barriers to participation.
- Ensure under-represented groups are given the opportunity to
participate in all aspects of our club.
- Provide opportunities for all in coaching, officiating and
- We will
provide a welcoming environment
- We will think positively about how we can include people
rather than focusing on potential barriers to participation.
- We will consider how our club/group is promoted. For example,
by providing information in formats which are accessible and by using
- We will encourage people to contact us to discuss their needs
and requirements to facilitate inclusion and we will ensure we consider what
reasonable adjustments could be made to enable them to participate.
- We will develop the knowledge and understanding of key
officials, coaches, leaders and other volunteers, of disability, equity and
inclusive practice by providing appropriate guidance and training.
- We will
talk to people.
- We will, so far as is reasonably possible, consult with
relevant groups and with prospective individuals about their needs and
- We will not make assumptions and will try to speak to people
about the reasonable adjustments they believe might be made to enable them to
participate and to discuss how these could be made.
- We will
make reasonable adjustments.
- We will demonstrate that every effort has been made to enable
everyone to participate and that inclusion not exclusion has been the priority.
- If reasonable adjustments are required to make an
event/activity accessible, then we will make those reasonable adjustments.