Equity & Anti Doping Policy

Equity Policy

Burnley Bobcats ADM is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of their activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or political persuasion. The Club will ensure that equity as stated in the club rules is incorporated in all aspects of it’s activities and also recognises and adopts the Sport England definition of Sports Equity: Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. 

It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status. The 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 Club members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity. The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.

Equal Opportunity in Swimming

Equal Opportunity is about celebrating difference and diversity and as such providing a swimming structure that can respond to this in a proactive and positive manner. Burnley Bobcats ADM is totally committed to the principals and practice of equal opportunities across all of it’s aquatic disciplines as provider and facilitator of such practices by all it’s members. In our work with key partners, such as the swimmers, clubs, teachers, coaches, officials and administrators, we will advocate our policies making every effort to ensure that all participation has equity at its core.

Swimming is a ‘sport for all’. It can and should be enjoyed and made accessible to everyone and to achieve this, Burnley Bobcats ADM;

  • is committed to work towards ensuring that swimming is accessible to the many rather than the few.
  • recognizes the need to acknowledge the diversity of provision that is required to ensure that all people, regardless of their race, sex/gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, social or economic background can access swimming and develop at a level that is appropriate to them.
  • appreciates the need to celebrate differences and diversity of provision as a means of creating entitlement and accessibility to our structures.
  • acknowledges that equal opportunity is about recognizing that people are different and therefore require different provision.
  • is aware of the need to consult widely in order to respond to diversity. 

Addressing Equal Opportunities

In addressing equal opportunities, Bobcats will respond to issues of equity by:

  • Recognising that swimming as an organisation – our athletes, coaches, teachers, officials and administrators need to adapt and work flexibly in order to respond to the needs of a wide and diverse range of people.
  • Taking positive action to increase the involvement from under represented groups in all aspects of our organisation, participation, coaching, teaching, officialdom etc.

In doing so Bobcats supports four key principals as being fundamental to ensuring that everyone can participate in our sport and the achievement of equality of opportunity:

  • Entitlement: People have a right to participate in and access quality and appropriate experiences within swimming.
  • Accessibility: It is the responsibility of all within the club to adapt provision to fit the needs of the many.
  • Inclusion: Wherever and whenever possible, all to access the same quality of provision, and if necessary to use positive action to ensure this.
  • Integrity: Whatever we do as a club to change or adopt provision it must be of equal worth, challenging, relevant and in no way patronising.

Lines of Responsibility

Bobcats will strive to become an organisation that values diversity and in order to achieve this we recognise that there must be clear lines of responsibility between all segments of the organisation.

Bobcats aspires to provide a diverse group of volunteer staff, the composition of which reflects that of the broader community in terms of gender, ethnicity and disability. In order to bring about this diversity we undertake to:

  • Provide full and fair considerations for all roles and applications.
  • Assist all our voluntary staff to realise their full potential by ensuring that they receive fair consideration of their training and career development needs.
  • Wherever possible modify practices and procedures to reduce barriers experienced by members of disadvantaged social groups in seeking positions within the club.
  • Maintain full records in recruitment and training, and use this information as a means of identifying areas of inequality.

Membership Organisation

Bobcats is committed to encouraging membership from all sectors of the community. To achieve this we undertake to:

  • Promote an open and honest culture that values diversity.
  • Communicate widely, ensuring that our messages can be understood and appreciated by all.
  • Positively encourage the involvement of all people, regardless of their gender, race, disability, age and social background.
  • Work to redress the effects of discrimination.
  • Change attitudes and working practices to ensure that everyone can feel a valued member of the club.

Teachers and Coaches

In our training and development of Teachers and Coaches, we will strive to ensure that they:

  • Establish and implement professional and ethical values and practice.
  • Promote and apply the principals and practices of equal opportunities.
  • Promote positive images of people with Special needs.
  • Have a commitment to providing entitlement and access to all their professional activities.
  • Encourage high expectations and standards of achievement from all they teach.
  • Involve everyone in meaningful and appropriate activity to ensure a quality experience.
  • Help everyone to achieve their full potential.

Officials and Administrators

In our involvement of officials and administrators we will expect them to:

  • Adopt, promote and practice the values of the club.
  • Ensure that participation can be enjoyed by all.
  • Provide meaningful and appropriate experiences, which recognise and value the diversity of the participants.
  • Actively encourage the participation and involvement of people from disadvantaged groups of the community.

Anti Doping Policy

The use of performance enhancing drugs is cheating. They are associated with serious medical complications and above all their use is illegal. Some of our members suffer from asthma and whilst the majority of drugs used in the treatment of asthma are perfectly legal, they are only legal when taken by inhaler. All swimmers who have asthma must declare their use of inhalers with the ASA.

Burnley Bobcats ADM Anti-Doping Policy is posted on the club’s website to ensure that members can refer to it as and when required. New members have all club policies and procedures and their availability on the club website drawn to their attention on joining the club.

Doping, along with medical and nutritional issues are discussed with members during reviews of their objectives with the group coaches. Members should be aware of the Anti-Doping Laws adopted by British Swimming in February 2006. The Laws were introduced in order to preserve the integrity of swimmers and values of fair play. They are also in place to protect the rights and health of swimmers and as such apply to all members of Burnley Bobcats ADM. British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules can be viewed here..

All members of the club should be aware of the following:

  • It is each swimmer’s personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his/her body.
  • Swimmers are responsible for any prohibited substance, its metabolites or markers found to be present in their bodily specimens – so take responsibility for what you ingest and use.
  • Ensure each person from whom you take advice (including medical personnel) is acquainted with the provisions of the Anti Doping Laws (including any subsequent amendments).
  • Ensure any medical treatment does not infringe the Anti-Doping Laws. To view a copy of the current prohibited substance list, swimmers can log onto the World Anti-Doping Agency website here.. and uksport here.. for further information.