Equality Standard logoEquality Standard 

The standard is owned by the 5 Sports Councils through the Sports Council’s Equality group (SCEG). The first ever Equality standard for Sport was launched in 2004. It was last updated in June 2012 by SCEG, to make sure it remained fit for purpose and reflected the latest equality legislation.

The standard is a framework for assisting sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity from under represented individuals, groups and communities.  It is based around two broad themes, developing the organisation and developing the services; through a formal accreditation process there are four levels of achievement: Foundation, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced which can be achieved.

How Merseyside Sports Partnership is achieving and maintaining the standard

Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) achieved the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard in March 2013 and is now working towards the Preliminary level. MSP recognise the role that sport has at improving the quality of life for all people in Merseyside through sport and physical activity’ irrespective of age , gender, disability, racial origin, religious belief, social status and sexual orientation’.

What are the benefits of the standard?

  • Provide a framework for achieving equality in sport
  • Help meet changes in legislation
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge base of staff and volunteers
  • Increase active involvement in equality at every level
  • Improve equality practices through monitoring , evaluation and review methods

The MSP Equality Policy has been produced to try and prevent and address any unlawful discrimination or other unfair treatment, whether intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect, against partners that may preclude them from participating fully in sports related activities. Merseyside Sports Partnership-Equality Policy 2017-2022

MSP have developed an Equality Action Plan which is aligned to work areas in the MSP Strategic Framework 2017-2022

For Further information –

Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation www.wsff.org.uk

Equality and Human Rights Commission www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Sporting Equals www.sportingequals.org.uk

English Federation of Disability Sport www.efds.co.uk

For more information please contact – Julie Leasor, Development Manager – Community (Equality Lead), j.leasor@merseysidesport.com