All about equality and diversity at the ASA

The ASA is fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity for all. We consider the aquatic disciplines to provide sport for all. They can and should be made accessible to everyone, to the greatest extent possible.

To download the ASA Equality and Diversity Policy CLICK HERE

Holder of Equality Standards

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To support and supplement its objectives in this area, the ASA is working to achieve the Equality Standards for Sport, established by the Sports Councils as a benchmark for sports governing bodies to which they provide funding.

The ASA is already the proud holder of the Foundation, Preliminary and Intermediate Standards for Equality and is currently working towards obtaining the Advanced Standard.

For further information about the Standards, please visit their website or download the Equality Standards for Sport: Guidance for Sport Organisations document here.  Alternatively, the ASA can be contacted at or via 01509 640270.

English Federation of Disability Sport: A Charter for Change

The ASA is committed to the EDFS Charter for Change and making active lives possible by pushing hard for a position where: English Federation of Disability Sport Logo

1) Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.

Supporting participation goes beyond physical access. It’s about fully embedding a real commitment to include disabled people by having the right staff, service, facilities and marketing.

2) Disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.

Many disabled people cannot access sports or they can only participate if they meet certain criteria such as age or ability. Disabled people face huge physical, logistical and psychological barriers. Negative early experiences in school turn many disabled people off sport altogether. These barriers discriminate, are unjustified and must be removed.

3) All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.

Negative public attitudes can discourage disabled people from taking part in sport or physical activity and impact their confidence and self-esteem. Promoting the participation and achievements of disabled people at every level will increase public awareness, encourage people to take part and boost the health and wellbeing of more disabled people.

To download the full document from the EFDS - Making Active Lives Possible: A Charter for Change click here

Proud Signatory to the Charter For Action

As part of its commitment to equality and diversity, the ASA is proud to join with other leading names in Sport to sign the Charter for Action. The Charter aims to make sport a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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As a signatory, the ASA is committed to the Charter’s 4 principles:

  1. We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
  2. We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment and brings together people with a common goal.
  3. We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people. We will work together and individually to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
  4. We will make sort a welcoming place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

The Charter is open to everyone to sign and we would encourage ASA Clubs and members to show their support by signing up too. Please note that in line with the ASA’s Social Networking Good Practice Guidelines, we would advise that only over 18 year olds directly access the resource or are encouraged to access it. Further information about the Charter is available in the Additional Support Documents on the Equality and Diversity Support page here.

Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme

The Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme is Britain’s leading employers’ forum on sexual orientation equality in the workplace.

Being a part of this programme offers a number of benefits including access to a Workplace Equality Index that utilises a definitive benchmarking tool to assess our organisation’s work on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality against Stonewall’s best practice and over 600 other organisations in the programme, as well as the chance to share insight and best practise with them.

We are extremely proud to be the only National Governing Body for a specific sport to be registered as part of this programme which is part of a much wider drive towards ensuring inclusivity and promoting diversity across our sport, our organisation and our workforce.

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The Sporting Equals seLeaderboard initiative aims to encourage the sports sector to take action in light of new opportunities, changing demographics, utilising talent and attracting talented individuals from under-represented groups.Sporting Equals logo

The ASA was invited to be a part of a bespoke steering group formed to combat this demand and to promote the need and support for NGBs to achieve the following goals:

  • NGBs should offer different entry points to BAME candidates to help support them to fulfil future roles on the main Board and SMT
  • NGBs should produce an action plan for ethnic diversity on their Boards and SMT within one year
  • NGBs should produce their own statement of intent to diversify their senior positions and publish this in their annual review
  • NGBs should promote vacancies on boards and SMT through diverse channels and networks
  • NGBs should commit publicly to positive action on this agenda
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