We provide leadership to the sporting sector, to influence and drive the changes needed to address inequalities and ensure everyone has the opportunity to get involved in sport and physical activity.
We are also committed to embedding a culture of inclusion 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, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
What do we mean by inclusion?
Inclusion at its simplest is ‘the state of being included’. It is about ensuring people feel they belong and are welcome, engaged, and connected. It is about valuing all individuals, giving equal access and opportunity to all and removing discrimination and other barriers to involvement.
We know that sport has a major role to play in tackling inequality and contributing to a more inclusive Scotland. To work towards inclusion, we need to imagine a better world and understand that everyone has something to contribute.
Inclusive is one of the six principles in our approach. It also runs through the other five. For example, it is connected to our person-centred principle because it is about people having a say in decisions that affect them. It is connected to our collaborative principle because we need to prioritise partnerships that can have an impact on inclusion. Inclusion is also connected to community empowerment because it encourages people to participate in their own communities and make their own decisions.
There are a number of drivers for our approach to inclusion.
- Equality outcomes
- Corporate parenting
- Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport
- Rural and island communities