Sport brings people together and has a wonderful ability to transcend boundaries but sometimes it is necessary to target particular groups of society to offer them sport and recreation. It is important that well-meaning legislation does not affect sport and recreation offers to the community, but that sport also ensures it is accessible to all.
Areas of potential discrimination:
- gender reassignment
- marriage or civil partnership
- pregnancy or maternity
- sex or sexual orientation
- religion or belief.
The Equalities Office recently ran a consultation on banning age discrimination in services, public functions and associations. The Alliance called for proposals for an exemption for sport which will now allow junior and senior competition to continue. The Equalities Act also does not prevent single sex or disability streamed competition.
No current action required, although we would support the WSFF’s drive to increase female participation in sport and encourage members to create a full equality policy.
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