The concept of ‘Sport for All’ is nothing new and those agencies providing sport throughout the UK including British Judo have acknowledged and supported this philosophy for many years.
However, despite several initiatives inequalities still exist. Equality in sport has now become an increasingly important issue for all those involved in the provision of sport, not least for National Governing Bodies like British Judo who could find themselves ineligible for funding from various sources unless the inequalities are addressed.
British Judo now has in place a comprehensive Equality Plan which is being held in high regard by other Governing Bodies and Government agencies.
Taken directly from that document, the BJA Equality Plan statement of intent is : –
“The British Judo Association has a desire and a duty to provide services fairly and without discrimination. The Association is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and will devote energy and resources to the achievement of this aim.
The British Judo Association is responsible for ensuring that no participant, volunteer, job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, disability, ethnic origin, race, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, social or class background, nationality, religious belief or sexual preference or political belief.”