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Bowls Scotland's Equality Policy PDF Print E-mail

Policy Statement

Bowls Scotland endorses the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved within bowls in Scotland, whether as a player, volunteer, official, coach or office-bearer in a club:

  • has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, sex, gender identity, disability, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, socio-economic status or sexual orientation; and
  • can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their sport without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

To view Bowls Scotland's Equality and Diversity Policy in full please click here.

Our commitment

The following steps will be taken to publicise this policy and promote sports equality in bowls in Scotland:-

  • A copy of this document will be published on the Bowls Scotland website.
  • The Bowls Scotland Director of Governance will take overall responsibility for ensuring that the policy is observed.
  • The Board will take full account of the policy in arriving at all decisions in relation to the activities of Bowls Scotland.
  • Bowls Scotland will collaborate fully with any surveys or other initiatives designed to assess the level of participation of different sections of the community in bowls and will take account of the findings in developing measures to promote and enhance sports equality in bowling.
  • Bowls Scotland will provide access to training for all of its Board Members to raise awareness of both collective and individual responsibilities.
  • Bowls Scotland will make available to all member clubs a copy of their Equality & Diversity Policy and will encourage them to implement their own internal policy.
  • It will be a condition of Bowls Scotland membership that member clubs:
    • take steps to ensure that their Committees, members and volunteers behave in accordance with the policy, including where appropriate taking disciplinary action under the Club’s constitution;
    • ensure that access to membership is open and inclusive; and
    • where possible, support such measures and initiatives that Bowls Scotland may institute or take part in to advance the aims of this policy.
  • It will be a condition of Bowls Scotland membership that affiliated associations:-
    • commit to act in accordance with this policy; and
    • where possible, support such measures and initiatives that Bowls Scotland may institute or take part in to advance the aims of this policy.

The Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport

In 2015 Bowls Scotland achieved the foundation level of the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport.

Applying the standard enables our organisation to:

  • Provide a framework for achieving equality in sport
  • Ensure democracy and the sound governance of the sport
  • Increase the number of participants, members, coaches, officials, spectators and volunteers by reaching new audiences
  • Help meet legal duties thereby reducing the likelihood of litigation
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge base of our staff and volunteers
  • Increase active involvement in equality at every level of Bowls Scotland
  • Improve equality practices through monitoring, evaluation and review methods
  • Improve our chances of accessing funding and sponsorship.
    (The Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport, 2004)

As part of this work Bowls Scotland conducted an Equity Monitoring Survey in 2014/15. As well as meeting our requirements for Equality this survey was also an opportunity to gather up-to-date profile information on bowls in Scotland.