British Gymnastics has been recognised for its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion with the award of the Advanced Level of Equality Standard for Sport.
Awarded by the five sports councils (Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland), through the Sports Council Equality Group, the Advanced Equality Standard for Sport is a nationally recognised award.
It is awarded to sporting organisations that have demonstrated:
- Significant progress towards achieving diversity across its staff, board, coaches, members and participants
- An inclusive approach throughout the organisation’s functions, policies and procedures
- The development of initiatives to address each protected characteristic
By achieving this, British Gymnastics has become only the third national governing body to achieve the highest level of the Standard.
A report detailing the outcome of British Gymnastics’ submission said: ‘British Gymnastics has developed a comprehensive and coherent approach to embedding equality in all aspects of their delivery, policy development, strategies and corporate processes as part of this on-going journey.
‘They have worked diligently and with unwavering determination to embed equality into everything that they do, to support staff, coaches, judges, participants and the board on this journey, to tackle difficult issues and to address under-representation by setting clear tangible targets with the financial and people resource to deliver on those agreed targets.’
Jane Allen MBE, British Gymnastics CEO said: "We are very proud of this accomplishment. This is a significant landmark for our organisation, and this is something that we have been working towards for a long time.
"This award recognises our commitment to achieving diversity across the workforce in gymnastics and we will continue to develop as an organisation to make our sport open and accessible to everyone who wants to be involved.”
Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport said: "I’d like to extend my congratulations to British Gymnastics for achieving the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.
"Sport has a responsibility to represent and serve all parts of our diverse society and so it’s critical that all sporting organisations embed a culture of diversity and inclusivity across everything they do. British Gymnastics is an example of an organisation which has placed equality at its heart and this recognition is therefore richly deserved.
"We will continue to support all UK Sport funded partners, including every Olympic and Paralympic sport, to reach this impressive standard.”
Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England added: "Only a very small handful of Sport Governing Bodies have achieved the Advanced Equality Standard so far and it is fantastic to see British Gymnastics at this level too. It is no mean feat to be able to embed equality throughout an entire organisation and I want to thoroughly commend British Gymnastics for all of the work they have put into this achievement, and I fully expect them to be seen as another example of great practise in this area.”
The Advanced award is assessed annually, and plans are in place to ensure everything the governing bodies do is documented, shared and collected as a register so it can easily be reviewed in 2020.