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RYA Equality Policy 

The RYA is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity.

The RYA aims to ensure that all present and potential participants, members, instructors, coaches, competitors, officials, volunteers and employees are treated fairly and on an equal basis, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment or social status. 

For the full RYA Equality Policy, see Related Documents. 

The RYA’s four core Values include Inclusivity – we work to ensure boating is accessible and attractive to the widest audience.  We share our expertise, work with partners and embrace diversity.

RYA affiliated organisations and recognised training centres should take equality seriously for the following reasons:

  • The human case - all participants should feel welcome, whatever their background
  • The business case – in order to maintain and increase participation, you may need to promote your organisation to a wider range of people and not rely on the traditional routes to attract new members or customers
  • The funding case – public and charitable funding bodies want to know that any grants they make to your organisation can benefit the whole community
  • The legal and financial case – if you fail to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, you risk reputational damage and legal action on the grounds of discrimination

The RYA was the first National Governing Body to achieve the Advanced level of the Equality Standard for Sport, established by the Sports Councils as a benchmark for the governing bodies to whom they provide funding.  The award of the Advanced Standard in 2016 recognised the RYA’s commitment to increasing diversity amongst participants in sailing and boating, its staff and committees, and the progress achieved so far – but there is still more to be done.

The information and links on these web pages are provided to support your organisation.  If you have specific questions, please contact the RYA Safeguarding and Equality Manager on 023 8060 4104.

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