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Celebrate Gymnastics Club Equality Policy

  
Celebrate Gymnastics Club Equality Policy

1. Policy Objectives

1.1 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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)

2.2 Celebrate Gymnastics Club recognises that individuals (and/or certain groups in our society who share one or more Protected Characteristics) may have been denied opportunity to access or participate fully in sport in the past. This Policy has been produced to try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and avoid practices that could discriminate directly or indirectly towards certain sections of society. In order to achieve equality, Celebrate Gymnastics Club recognises that in some instances, unequal distribution of effort and resources may be required.  This may be necessary when sections of society are faced with barriers that prevent or restrict their participation in gymnastics. Celebrate Gymnastics Club supports the need for positive action to alleviate any barriers to participation.

2.3 Equality is about respecting peoples’ individuality. In doing this, Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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.

3. Responsibilities of Celebrate Gymnastics Club

3.1 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club meets its commitment and avoids unlawful discrimination.

5. Legal Requirements

5.1 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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.

5.6 Celebrate Gymnastics Club recognises it has a duty, and is committed to making reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

5.7 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club, 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 Celebrate Gymnastics Club 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

Celebrate Gymnastics Club Codes of Conduct for Gymnasts and Participants 

Celebrate Gymnastics Club Codes of Conduct for Gymnasts and Participants

As a member of Celebrate Gymnastics you are expected to abide by the following club rules;

1. All gymnasts must participate within the rules and respect coaches helpers, judges and their decisions. 

2. All gymnasts must respect each other. 

3. Gymnasts should keep to agreed timings, having already visited the toilet, for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be delayed or absent. 

4. Members must dress suitably. All long hair must be tied back and all body jewellery must be removed. The gymnast will not be allowed to participate while wearing jewellery no matter how recently the piercing took place. 

5. Members are required to look after the gym equipment and tidy up before and after training. Outdoor shoes must not be worn inside the gym.

6. Gymnasts must not use any equipment unless accompanied by an appropriate coach. 

7. Parents are required to accompany their children to and from the premises and ensure that they remain on site until passed over to the care of Celebrate Gymnastics Club.  Parents must allow sufficient time to arrive for collecting their children as delays will impact the overall training schedule. Participants should remain on the premises at the end of a session until collected by their parent or guardian. Please inform the coach at the start of the session if it will not be the usual adult collecting the child. 

8. Participants should bring any necessary personal equipment with them to training but must have a suitable and named drink of water to last them the session. Food or drink is not permitted within the gym. 

9. Fees for training or events must be paid promptly. 

10. It is the responsibility of the gymnasts and parents to check emails, notices and the website for information. Information will be passed through these channels to avoid disturbing coaches. 

11. No photography or videography is permitted during the session and only management approved photos will be shared on social media in line with the club’s photography policy. 

12. Please notify the coach of any additional needs that your child may have. 

13. All gymnasts must attend as often as possible for their own development.

14. Gymnasts are responsible for their own possessions. The club will accept no liability for lost or damaged items. 

16. Participants phones are not allowed during training sessions but older gymnasts who require a mobile phone may bring this and store it safely in the office using a token system. 

17. Gymnasts are encouraged at home to adapt a healthy eating and sleeping pattern. 

Easter Camp 2022

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