Equality at sportscotland

sportscotland strives to ensure, through our collaboration with partners, that every person in Scotland has opportunities in sport. We are also committed to embedding a culture of equality and diversity in our organisation and ensuring that all employees are treated fairly, without discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

sportscotland is committed to meeting its requirements under the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 states that public bodies must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The Act is supported by more specific duties for Scottish public bodies in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

Equality outcomes

Our equality outcomes for 2017 to 2021 are:

Outcome 1: Young people from our most deprived areas, girls and young women and disabled young people will have access to improved sport and physical activity opportunities, enabling them to participate and progress in school sport and club sport

Outcome 2: sportscotland and Scottish sport are supported to embed equalities and inclusion in their work

Outcome 3: sports organisations and people working in sport will have an improved understanding and awareness of the needs of people with protected characteristics.

The outcomes were informed by the findings of the Equality in Sport research and are supported by an action plan.

Equality reporting

Every two years we are required to report on equality mainstreaming, employee information and progress against our equality outcomes.

The equality reporting page includes reports from 2013, 2015 and 2017, which set out the following:

  • The progress we have made embedding and mainstreaming equality considerations into ways of working at sportscotland
  • A summary of progress against our 2013 to 2017 outcomes and our new outcomes for 2017 to 2021
  • Our staff equality profile
  • Details of our gender pay gap and our statement of equal pay.

Equality impact assessments

sportscotland assesses the impact of its policies and practices against the needs of the General Equality Duty.

Impact assessments involve considering evidence relating to people who share relevant protected characteristics and developing actions to take account of the results. Our impact assessments are regularly reviewed as policies and practices change or are updated.  

We publish impact assessments as they are completed.

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Date published: 29 June 2016
Date updated: 09 January 2018


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