Equal Opportunities Policy


Table Tennis is one of the world’s great sports is played and enjoyed by millions of people in every continent, irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief. NEWTON ABBOT TABLE TENNIS CLUB recognises that in an increasingly diverse society it is necessary to support the principles of equal opportunities which will ensure that all of its participants in training and coaching programmes are treated not only fairly but also on an equal basis.

NEWTON ABBOT TABLE TENNIS CLUB will actively promote its training and education programmes within key target groups, namely; women and girls, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minority communities and people from socially excluded communities in accordance with the Club's Equality Policy. NEWTON ABBOT TABLE TENNIS CLUB further acknowledges that different ethnic minority communities exist, and that people from these communities will have different opportunities to take part in these programmes. In view of this, the association will commit to ensuring its work will target those people and communities that are most socially excluded.

NEWTON ABBOT TABLE TENNIS CLUB will further ensure that all its materials, procedures and assessment techniques will take account of the following:

  •      The language or format used will not be offensive to any of the participants
  •      Will avoid the use of stereotype or biased attitudes
  •      The meaning is clear to all participants
  •      Is readily understandable to all

The challenge facing NEWTON ABBOT TABLE TENIS CLUB is to avoid any inequality within its publicity, education and assessment processes by embracing the following principles:

  •      discrimination whether direct or indirect will not be tolerated,
  •      every member to be responsible for creating a welcoming comfortable environment for anyone wishing to participate
  •      that all individuals have the right to participate in and enjoy table tennis
  •      equality is not just about treating everybody the same, sometimes action needs to be taken to target any under represented groups or relaxing some of the processes to encourage those people with special needs to participate provided that this action still upholds the quality and integrity of the training and education programmes,
  •      all recruitment and selection procedures, whilst meeting all the necessary legal requirements, will be fair and transparent for all
  •      any known or perceived inequalities or incidents of harassment, bullying or victimisation will be regarded as serious misconduct and will be liable to the appropriate disciplinary action.

Adopted in Club Committee Meeting minutes

Signed:    Dennis Gibbs       Club Chairman                 Dated:   11th Feb 2018



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