Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities particularly the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population. We are the national partner of Sport England and advisors to the Department of Culture Media and Sport.
We work closely with both the providers of sporting opportunities (national governing bodies, local authorities, leisure trusts and sports organisations) and the users of sporting opportunities (community and faith groups, local clubs, charities and individuals). We have a network of over 5000 organisations and have strong links with NHS agencies and other organisations addressing health inequalities.
Our mission is to make a sustainable difference to the inclusion of all under-represented communities in sport and physical activity, so as to improve the long-term opportunities and health outcomes of those communities.
Our five outcomes are:
We do this through:
Sporting Equals are also the founder of the British Ethnic Minority Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) which celebrates sporting excellence within BAME communities and helps inspire the next generation. BEDSA is our flagship project which helps celebrate the contributions made by BAME communities and drive change in the sector creating role models and recognising the hard work, dedication and talent on and off the field of play.
Further information on BEDSA is available through http://www.sportingequals.org.uk/british-ethnic-diversity-sports-awards-2017.html
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
Sporting Equals is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, volunteers, partners and board members. We value the diversity of our staff, partners and board members. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment which is reflected in the core values of Sporting Equals, which state the importance of:
· valuing, respecting and promoting the rights, responsibilities and dignity of individuals within all our professional activities and relationships
· equality of opportunity based on merit, irrespective of background, beliefs and socio-economic context
Commitment to equality and diversity
We believe that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and volunteers, enabling them to achieve their full potential, contribute fully and derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the work of Sporting Equals. We recognise the value of diversity and that individuals diverse life experiences will help and enhance Sporting Equals.
To this end, we acknowledge the following basic rights for all members and prospective members of our community:
· to be encouraged to share their professional experiences to support the development of Sporting Equals
· to be treated with respect and dignity
· to be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices
· to be encouraged to reach one's full potential
These rights carry responsibilities and we require all members of our organisation to recognise these rights and act in accordance with them. In addition, we will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice.
No individual will be unjustly discriminated against. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, gender and sexual orientation.
Sporting Equals commits to reflect the diversity of the community in all aspects of its work. To this extent, the Board maintains its commitment to ensuring that at least 30% of its members are of either gender and that it includes, but is not exclusively black, Asian and minority ethnic members. Also, the Board is committed to representation of all religious groups and disabled persons as well as addressing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender perspective as far as possible.
Dealing with discrimination
We perceive bullying, harassment and victimisation of any individual as contradictory to our aspirations for a supportive working environment and will not be tolerated. Any allegations of such behaviour will be investigated, and ultimately disciplined, in accordance with the staff handbook policy.
Sporting Equals Board will have overall responsibility for ensuring that we operate within a framework of equality of opportunity. The CEO will have overall management responsibility, delegated to all Senior Managers and other staff in relation to day to day practices.
All members of staff, volunteers and partners have a duty to support and uphold the principles of our equality and diversity policy and its supporting policies.
Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged especially the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population in sport and physical activity. We are the primary driver and funding channel for national and regional programmes in this field.
Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity, and is the only organisation in the UK to do so. Originally set up in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, we are now a fully independent body with a well-established mission.