Scottish Gymnastics endorses the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved with gymnastics 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 participation within gymnastics without the threat of intimidation victimisation, harassment or abuse.
Equality & Diversity
Scottish Gymnastics’ Equality Promise
Scottish Gymnastics (SG) endorses the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in gymnastics, whether as recreational participants, competitive participants, volunteers, coaches, office-bearers in clubs or those within Scottish Gymnastics:
- 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, socioeconomic 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.
- Discrimination has been legally defined through a series of legislative acts, including the Race Relations Act, the Sex Discrimination Act, the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act 2006. In April 2010, the Equality Act received Royal Assent. This is a new law which harmonises where possible, and in some cases extends, protection from discrimination. It applies throughout the UK and came into force in October 2010.
Scottish Gymnastics is committed to the Equality Standard Framework. This commitment to equality has been evidenced through the association achieving Foundation level of the Standard in 2006, the Preliminary level in 2009 and the Intermediate level in 2016. The association aims to ensure that services delivered to its staff, members and volunteers is of the highest standards possible. It believes that the principles of equality should be integral in every aspect of its sport, from recruitment through to the development and delivery of gymnastics.
Equality is not just about equal numbers – it is concerned more with fairness, justice, inclusion and respect: it requires a recognition that some groups and individuals have particular and specific needs that need to be met if they are to enjoy equal access to the services delivered by the association. In that context SG recognises that it may need to provide its services in a range of different or more flexible ways, in order to ensure genuine equality of access or opportunity for groups and individuals. To view SG's Equality and Diversity Policy, please click on the link below.
Gymnastics in a Safe Environment (Safeguarding)
Gymnastics is fantastic sport that can have a very powerful and positive influence on young people especially children. Gymnastics can provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement and can help those who participate develop valuable qualities and life skills such as confidence, self-esteem, and leadership.
Scottish Gymnastics accept that the welfare and safety of children, young people and protected adults is the responsibility of everyone in the sport, whether paid staff or volunteer. As an organisation Scottish Gymnastics will endeavor to promote the highest standards of care for all. We are committed to not only developing policies and procedures but to providing information, education and training opportunities to ensure those working with these groups adopt best practice and that at all times no child, young person or protected adult is placed at risk of harm whilst participating in gymnastics activities.
Scottish Gymnastics Insurance
Scottish Gymnastics has put in place Liability Insurances which meet the needs of not only the governing body but also any SG registered Club, Coach or Member. Liability policies summarised below automatically protects all SG registered Clubs for any SG approved activity relating to Gymnastics (which includes Trampolining, Cheerleading and Pre-school) providing ALL club members are affiliated to the Association and working in an SG recognised environment. This is a “no fault” compensation for members to the age of 75.
As part of our Child Protection Policy, SG wishes to ensure that ALL members are working in regulated, safe, effective, child-friendly environments. Cover under both the Liability Policy and the Personal Accident Policy is provided only whilst you are involved in “recognised activities” i.e. gymnastics activities recognised by Scottish Gymnastics. Any event not approved orsanctioned by Scottish Gymnastics will not be covered under the policies arranged.
However safe we try to make our sport, things can go wrong. As a consequence SG, through their broker, has a programme of insurance covers for all clubs and members who affiliate to the Association. The Liability policies provide protection for Sports Clubs to cover all activities including training, competitions and displays as well as any social, fund-raising and administration activities, recognised or approved by SG. We have created some FAQs that should help to answer any queries you may have. However, please contact SG if you have any additional queries.
Personal Accident Insurance: (for all Scottish Gymnastics registered clubs, coaches, volunteers and gymnasts)
Public Liability Insurance: (For all clubs registered with Scottish Gymnastics)
Employers Liability Insurance: (For all clubs registered with Scottish Gymnastics)
SG Recognised Environments and Activities (to follow)
Personal Accident FAQs (to follow)