Equality & Diversity Best Practice

The BEF has an aim that all involved or impacted by BEF’s work are treated fairly and equally, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment or social status.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) achieved the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard for Sport in December 2016.  The award of this standard recognises the BEF’s commitment to ensuring equality and increasing diversity in all of its work.

The Equality Standard for Sport is owned by the 5 Sports Councils through the Sports Councils Equality Group (SCEG) and assists sports organisations widen access and reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity from under represented individuals, groups and communities.

The BEF’s Director for Sports Development Mark Jeffrey’s said, “It is great news to have received the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard and demonstrates the Federation’s commitment to Equality. We know there is still work to be done, but it is reassuring to know that we are heading in the right direction. A lot of hard work has gone into getting us this far and I would like to thank all those involved in helping us achieve this award.”

As a result of achieving this standard, the BEF are now aiming to working towards Advanced standard, the highest standard available.  As an umbrella organisation, the BEF recognises there is still considerable work to be done to expand the reach of this activity, which to date has focussed on the Federation itself, across its member bodies and stakeholders.

The Equality Standard provides the following:

• A framework for achieving equality in sport;

• Helps to ensure democracy and sound governance of the sport;

• Increases participation by reaching new audiences;

• Mitigates against legal action and helps to meet legal duties;

• Enhances the skills and knowledge base of staff and volunteers;

• Increases involvement in equality at all levels of the organisation;

• Improves equality practices through monitoring, evaluation and review;

• Builds on existing equality good practice;

• Guides in assessing and reviewing equality performance and achievements;

• Helps to open sport up to all sectors of the community;

• Encourages more potential administrators, coaches, officials and volunteers;

• Provides a positive public image;

• Appeals to funding providers and sponsors.

Equality is central to the way an organisation carries out all of its work. All affiliated organisations and clubs are able to engage and develop participants, coaches, officials and administrators from under-represented groups.

The BEF have a number of programmes and work with a number of partners to support those from a diversity of backgrounds.  Recent examples include:

RDA Accessibility Mark: https://www.hoofride.co.uk/about-hoof/what-we-do/accessibility-mark/

Forever Active: http://www.activecumbria.org/developing-sport/active-older-adults/

Sportivate: https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/children-and-young-people/sportivate/

Park Palace Ponies: https://twitter.com/palaceponies

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