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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 committed to obtaining the Advanced Standard.

For further information about the Standards, please visit their website. Alternatively, the ASA can be contacted on equality@swimming.org 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:

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.
We ask that:

  • Opportunities to be active are developed with the full involvement of disabled people and their advocates
  • Everyone working or volunteering in sport and physical activity needs to be trained to ensure they can meet the needs of disabled people
  • Marketing engages disabled people
  • All indoor and outdoor opportunities should be made accessible to disabled people
  • Disabled people have opportunities to join mainstream and impairment specific activities
  • Providers act on feedback so that disabled people’s experiences remain positive
  • Opportunities exist to participate and compete at all levels including to progress to the highest level of competition and performance

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.
We ask that:

  • Funding bodies only support activities which enable disabled people to take part at every level throughout their lives and ensure proper evaluation of impact
  • Government policies enable not hinder disabled people to be active
  • Teachers and coaches receive training to enable them to include disabled people
  • Disabled people are represented at a senior level in all organisations
  • Disability support providers enable disabled people to be active through their support plans and staff training
  • The Care Quality Commission monitors physical activity as part of its inspections
  • Skills for Care includes physical activity as part of the care qualification

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.
We ask that:

  • Government sponsor a national campaign which supports disabled people to be active
  • Sports bodies and journalists represent disability sporting events and achievements as part of their regular coverage and communication
  • Disability support providers promote the benefits of being active as part of their regular communications

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.

Sports Charter

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 from the Useful Equality Resources for Clubs page.

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