RSC is fully committed to complying with the Swim England Equal Opportunity in Swimming Policy:

Swimming is a ‘sport for all’. It can and should be enjoyed and made accessible to everyone and to achieve this:

  • RSC is committed to work towards ensuring that swimming is accessible to the many rather than the few.

  • RSC recognises 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.

  • RSC recognises the need to celebrate differences and diversity of provision as a means of creating entitlement and accessibility to our structures.

  • RSC recognises that equal opportunity is about recognising that people are different and therefore require different provision.

  • RSC recognises the need to consult widely in order to respond to diversity.

    Addressing Equal Opportunities

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

  • Recognising that swimming as an organisation – our staff, 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.

  • Take positive action to increase the involvement from under-represented groups in all aspects of our organisation, participation, coaching, teaching, officialdom etc.

    In doing so RSC 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 diving, swimming.

    Accessibility: It is the responsibility of RSC – our teachers, coaches, officials and administrators – 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 an Association to change or adopt provision, it must be of equal worth, challenging, relevant and in no way patronising.

    Lines of responsibility

    RSC 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.

    As an employer

    RSC aspires to provide a diverse workforce, a 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 job, role and applications.

  • Assist all our employees to realise their full potential by ensuring that they receive fair consideration of their training and career development needs and promotion opportunities.

  • Wherever possible modify employment practices and procedures to reduce barriers experienced by members of disadvantaged social groups in seeking and during employment with the Association.

  • Maintain full records in recruitment, training and employment and use this information as a means of identifying areas of inequality.

  • Require all our employees to undergo relevant training before taking part in recruitment and selection.

  • Regularly review our recruitment, selection, training and promotion procedures to ensure that they are fair and reflect current best practice.

    As a Membership Organisation.

    RSC 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 Association.

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 Association.
  • 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.