Battersea Ironsides Rugby Football Club Ltd (BIRFC) recognises the importance of affording equity, equal opportunity and fair treatment to all present within the club; employees, players, volunteers, parents/guardians and children. BIRFC is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of the club’s development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sport equity:
“Sports equity! is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.”
The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality, political or social/economic status - giving everyone a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in Rugby Union at all levels and in all roles. That is beginner, participant, or performer, coach, official, manager, administrator or spectator.
The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club’s disciplinary procedures.
The BIRFC Equity Policy has the following objectives:
BIRFC will seek to promote equity and equality through:
BIRFC will provide information when requested to the Equity Inclusion and Safeguarding Manager of the RFU/Managing Director of the RFUW to enable them to monitor the effectiveness of RFU.
BIRFC will regularly review this policy against the RFU/RFUW Equity Policy.
BIRFC reserves the right to limit competitions to persons of specific age, gender or disability groups where this is necessary to ensure equitable, safe and equal competition.
BIRFC expects all those acting on behalf of the Club to adhere to this policy. In pursuance of this policy BIRFC reserve the right to discipline any of its members who practice any form of discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, nationality, social status or sexual orientation.