Equality & Diversity

BADMINTON England is proud of its commitment to equality and diversity and we are confident that we can demonstrate this commitment in terms of our playing, administration and support for our counties, clubs and individual members.

Equality & Diversity

The following documents and web links should help our members and partners understand our work in this area and provide useful information to enable us all to work together to continue to promote a sport that is open and inclusive.

General Equality & Diversity information for BADMINTON England can be found here:

Equality & Diversity Policy 
Equality & Diversity Action Plan 2013 – 2015.

The 2010 Equality Act introduces the nine protected characteristics. These are listed broadly below, where appropriate please click on each for an overview of the characteristics and information on what BADMINTON England is doing to support each of these areas:

Age

We are proud of our commitment to providing events for people of all ages. Our development programmes related specifically to young people include:

Smash Up 

The Badminton Young Officials Award - Badminton Young Officials Award information

Young leaders: is currently off line while the content is being tweaked.


Gender

Women make up 51% of the general population of England but unfortunately this statistic is not currently reflected in the volunteering, playing or coaching membership of BADMINTON England. However we are a sport that is inclusive and we have a service level agreement and action plan working with the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation to increase the numbers of women at all levels of the game in England.

The following links provide information on areas that are being increasingly targeted to women and girls:

No Strings
Smash Up
Battle

Please click here for the latest fact sheet on women’s participation in badminton for the latest Active People survey.

Disability

This is an area that we have always been strong in – click here to go to a holding page which will then take you to all areas of the disabled game, from events and coaching courses to funding available for inclusive clubs. We also have a disability strategy. The latest Active People survey confirms that disabled participation in badminton is still growing. 

Transgender

BADMINTON England is one of the first sports to have a communicated Transgender Policy, click here for the transgender policy and information on implementing the policy and procedures. Click here for a new document with general information on transgender and how to welcome transsexual players to your club.

Gender / sexual orientation

This is a group that we have not focussed on as a governing body and perhaps is an area in which we could do more. We know that more lesbian women and gay men play sport than the general population as a whole ( https://www.sportengland.org/research/encouraging-take-up/key-influences/sexual-orientation/ ) and we have no reason to believe that badminton is any different in respect of these general sport statistics. We also know that gay people experience more discrimination in sport than any other group and we are keen to ensure that badminton is not a sport that tolerates discrimination or prejudice of any kind.
For further info: www.pridesports.org.uk


Black and Minority Ethnic Participation (BME) & religion

Badminton is a sport with a long tradition of participation in Asian countries therefore it is no surprise that we have a higher than average participation rate amongst people from BME communities in England, and subsequently higher than average coaches from this demographic.

We know we cannot be complacent about this though and we are working to further understand the information we hold on our coaches to see if there are areas we can improve on in order to increase the number of coaches from a BME background coming through the coaching system. www.sportingequals.org.uk


Other Protected Characteristics

We have grouped the rest of the protected characteristics together. They are -
marital / civil partnership status and pregnancy and maternity.

We ensure that we are legally compliant in all our HR Policies and we are currently working through a system of impact assessment – we are screening all our documents and policies / procedures to see how they affect people who may fall into any of the groups of protected characteristics. We will communicate our findings on this page shortly.