Equality and diversity for Swim England clubs23 March 2017
Swim England is committed to equality and diversity in all its functions. This includes affiliated clubs and their members.
To help you honour the practices and principles of equality and diversity we have brought together guidance, both internal and external. You access this below.
Our Equality and Diversity Policy
Firstly we advise affiliated clubs to read our Equality and Diversity Policy. This can be downloaded here.
Swimming is a fully inclusive activity. We encourage all clubs to provide the disability community with greater opportunities to improve their swimming and realise their potential. These resources will help.
- The English Federation of Disability Sport’s Inclusion Club Hub is designed to help clubs include more disabled people in their activities.
- Check out our short guide to encouraging more disability swimmers at your club here.
- View Sport England’s Club Matters guidance on creating an inclusive club here
Swim England is responsible for regulation within its sports. These are gender-affected sports as defined by legislation, and we expect clubs to abide by our rules.
This is because physical strength, stamina or physique of average persons of one sex would put them at a disadvantage to average persons of the other sex.
We adopted a policy on trans competitors in November 2011. This was to ensure equal and fair competition in the sports, and to ensure the safety of competitors.
- Download our Guide to Engaging Trans People in Swimming
- Read our Case Study of how TAGS are making a difference in London and Birmingham.
- You can download our Trans Competitors Policy here.
- Stonewall has created an LGBT inclusion toolkit for sports clubs and community groups. You can download it here.
- Pride Sports – LGBT sports development and equality website
- Gendered Intelligence – training and understanding on trans issues website