Equality & Diversity
British Gymnastics subscribes to the principles of equality of opportunity and strives to ensure that anyone participating in gymnastics is able to do so in an environment free from any form of discrimination, victimisation and harassment.
We aim to make our organisation and our sport open and accessible to everyone who wants to be involved and believe that all members, volunteers, staff and job applicants are entitled to be treated fairly regardless of sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, marriage and civil partnership, parental or marital status, pregnancy and maternity, disability, religion or belief, colour, race including nationality or ethnicity and socio/economic background. We value diversity and recognises the contributions that people from different background or different experiences can bring to the organisation.
Having achieved the Intermediate level of the UK Equality Standard for Sport (which is a framework and set of standards aimed at improving the equality work within Sports Governing Bodies and similar organisations), we are currently working towards the submission for the Advanced level of the standard, which requires us to:
• Achieve significant progress towards diversity within board, staff (paid and unpaid), coaches, officials, members or participants;
• Mainstream equality through the organisation’s functions, policies and procedures; and
• Develop further initiatives to address each protected characteristic.
Equality and diversity is incorporated into our 2017-2021 Strategy through our values and brand. We have established an Equality Steering Group whose role it is to champion equality and to break down barriers which may be experienced when seeking to get involved in gymnastics, whether as a gymnast, a coach or official, a volunteer or a fan.
Statement from the British Gymnastics Board:-
'We recognise the value of having a diverse Board and are committed to progressing towards greater diversity within Board and leadership positions.'
We are working hard to embed equality into our day-to-day working practices with all our members, customers and partners and will consider diverse needs both in our role as an employer and when providing services.
Our equality and diversity plan sets out our key objectives for equality and diversity, which are:
• To ensure equality is embedded as part of our culture and is visible in the BG strategy;
• To develop our evidence base to provide a clear rationale for our aims and objectives and against which to measure the impact against our agreed priorities;
• To ensure functions, key policies and procedures in all areas of activity that include a visible equality dimension are screened and undergo a full impact assessment where appropriate;
• To implement a range of strategies to increase awareness and gain support and commitment at all levels of the organisation.
To find out more about equality work within British Gymnastics, please click on the document links below:
Equality Case Studies
Please click on the links below to find out about a range of equality projects which are making a huge impact by improving and increasing opportunities for under-represented groups.
pdf Freestyle Gymnastics aimed at 14-18 year olds, Stars Gymnastics Club, South East (2.10 MB)
pdf Integrating Ethnic Minorities, Hull High Fliers and West Hull Gymnastics Club, Yorkshire (206 KB)
pdf Disability Clubs and School Links, Leicestershire & Rutland, East Midlands (198 KB)
pdf Disability Gymnastics, Northern Ireland (215 KB)
archive A range of other Equality Case Studies (7.91 MB)
How to engage under-represented groups in your gymnastics activity
If you are planning to engage under-represented groups in gymnastics such as disabled people, Black and Minority Ethnic people (BME) or adults; please take a look at the toolkits below which are designed to help you increase the diverse appeal of your gymnastics activity on offer.
Participation of trans people in gymnastics
As an inclusive sport, we have produced a policy on participation of trans people in competitions to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to participation and that our sport complies with the Equalities Act.
This policy applies to all gymnastics competitions approved by British Gymnastics whether at national, regional, county, club or invitation level. We have used guidance from the International Olympic Committee and the Home Country Sports Council Equality Group in developing this policy.
In international competition the rules of the relevant governing body, such as the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) or the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) will apply.
pdf Policy for the participation of trans people in gymnastics competition (306 KB)
We have also produced guidance for clubs and officials on inclusion of trans people in gymnastics activity outside competitions. These are intended to help coaches and officials in clubs and regions to interpret the requirements of our equality policy and relevant legislation relating to trans people and to apply them to their work in gymnastics. We provide advice and support for clubs and officials on a case by case basis on request.
pdf Guidance on the inclusion of trans people in all forms of gymnastics activity (251 KB)
Information and Advice
To help our members and officials better understand trans inclusion we have produced the follwing two videos.
Trans people in Gymnastics
Questions & answers
You can find answers to some commonly asked questions about this policy and guidance in our Q&A document which we update from time to time.
pdf Policy & Guidance on the inclusion of trans people in gymnastics: Questions & Answers (155 KB)