Club Equality Policy

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club recognises its duties under the Equality Act 2010 and is committed to implementing and promoting equal opportunities in its activities, services and practice. It realises that discrimination exists in society (whether protected by law or not) and believes that this prevents potential and ability from being realised in young people and others.

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

In serving the surrounding community, Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club accepts the responsibility to promote equal opportunities and challenge discrimination wherever it occurs. This document sets out the main consequences of this commitment and the action to be taken in order to achieve equal opportunities.

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club recognises that some people it engages with may, because of their past or present distress or illness, say or do things which would otherwise be unacceptable and incompatible with Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club Equality Policy. Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will do all it can to challenge such behaviour. 

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club reserves the right to work with, support or sanction the use of its assets for any organisation who supports its aims and objectives. However, it will exclude those organisations that actively work against the development of an equal opportunities policy over time, despite encouragement from Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club.

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club realises that a genuine commitment to equal opportunities must operate on all levels:

  • Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will prevent unfavourable treatment, directly or indirectly, upon individuals from any group facing discrimination in its recruitment of members and their use of its resources. Where discrimination does occur it will be dealt with through the agreed procedures. This will be achieved by following the Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club Equality Policy. 
  • Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will seek to prevent discrimination and ensure equal representation in what it does. Where possible, this will involve the development of diversity to ensure a genuinely wide representation.  

1. Responsibility 

1.1  The full Committee of Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club has overall responsibility for the effective operation of this policy. However, all individual Committee members, playing, social & Life members, volunteers and service users have a duty as part of their involvement with Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club to do everything they can to ensure that the policy works in practice. Those responsible for recruiting members to play at Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club Equality Policy and adhere to it while involved. 

1.2  Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will bring to the attention of all members, volunteers and service users the existence of this policy, and will provide such training as is necessary to ensure that the policy is effective and that everyone is aware of it. 

1.3  If any Committee member, playing, social or Life members, service user or volunteer feels that they have been, or are being discriminated against, in any way, they are entitled to pursue the matter with the full Committee.

1.4  All instances or complaints of discriminatory behaviour will be treated seriously. 

1.5   Complaints or allegations of an unfounded or malicious nature will also be treated as serious. 

2 Disabled Access 

2.1   Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will endeavour to ensure, as far as is practicable, that all the premises it uses have disabled access. When considering new premises, every effort will be made to ensure such premises are fully accessible. 

3 Use of Language 

3.1  Committee members, playing, social & Life members, volunteers and service users should avoid and challenge the use of language which, in any way, belittles anyone.

3.2   Where the language used has a personal impact on others, and it has been made clear to the person concerned that their use of such language is unwelcome and/or offensive, disciplinary action may be taken if they persist with it. 

3.3   All materials used or developed by Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will be judged in the light of the promotion of equal opportunities, and those considered to be discriminatory will not be used. 

4 Sexual Harassment

4.1      No Committee member, playing, social or Life member, volunteer or service user should be subject to sexual harassment. 

4.2      This is interpreted as unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature including: 

•      verbal sexual abuse 

•      physical contact 

•      repeated remarks which an individual finds offensive 

4.3      If it has been made clear to the person concerned that their behaviour is unwelcome and they persist with it, then the Committee member, playing, social or Life member, user or volunteer who is the recipient of the behaviour will be entitled to make a formal complaint. 

5 Monitoring and review

The Policy will be constantly reviewed by the Committee to ensure that no one is put to a disadvantage either, directly or indirectly.  This monitoring will apply to the practices of Committee members, playing, social & Life members, volunteers and service users, the composition of the Committee and the deployment of assets.

It is the responsibility of every individual to eliminate discrimination and to ensure the practical application of this Policy.

Houghton & Wyton Bowls Club will review this policy every 4 years.

Agreed by Committee on 18th May 2021 for Ratification at AGM November 2021 

Review Date: November 2025