Dunstable Swimming Club Equity Policy Statement

Dunstable Swimming Club is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of his or her activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or political persuasion.

Dunstable Swimming Club will ensure that equity as stated in the club rules is incorporated in all aspects of its activities and also recognises and adopts the Sport England definition of Sports Equity:

Sports Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognizing inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

Dunstable Swimming Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All Dunstable Club members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

Dunstable Swimming Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.

Doug Hose

Club Chairperson

Dunstable Swimming Club

Code of conduct and Ethics (representatives and swimmers)

All representatives and swimmers representing the Dunstable Swimming Club must:

– Put the well-being, health and safety of members above all considerations including developing performance.
– Comply with the codes, rules and laws within the guidelines set out by the ASA.
–  Work without discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, language, religion, birth or social status as set out in the equal opportunities policy.
– Respect the basic human rights, worth and dignity of each member.
– Not encourage swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport.
– Observe the authority and the decisions of all officials.
– Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and laws both in and out of the pool.
–  Ensure that all teaching and training and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.
– Treat other competitors and teams with respect, in victory and defeat.
– Be able to present evidence of qualifications on request.
– Treat all personal information about individual members as confidential except in exceptional circumstances regarding health and safety, medical requirements, disciplinary action or in accordance with ASA Child Protection procedures and guidelines.
– Display the highest standards of personal hygiene.
– Not drink alcohol or smoke either before or during teaching or coaching sessions or competitions.
– Seek ways of and be willing to increase the development of their current qualifications.
– Swimmers should be on poolside at least ten minutes prior to the start of each training session, to allow time for stretching exercises.
– Swimmers should listen to and follow the Coaches instructions during training sessions.
– Swimmers should avoid any actions that might cause hurt (emotional or physical) or endangers themselves or others.
– Swimmers should report any incident or damage (in particular any damage to the pool), to the Coach or Team Manager.
– When representing DSC, only the highest standards of behaviour will be accepted. Swimmers should try at all times to wear a DSCs hat and be supportive of other team members and the Team Manager.
– The Committee and Coaches reserve the right to exercise appropriate sanctions where this Code of Conduct is not adhered to.