Equity and Disability Policy


Witney Town Bowls Club

Equity and Disability Policy

Club Equity and Disability Officers: Brian and Alison Eastgate


Equal Opportunity 

Witney Town Bowls Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and is committed to treat everyone equally regardless of age, gender, ability, disability, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, social/economic status or political persuasion.

Equal Opportunity in bowls is about celebrating difference and diversity and as such providing a structure that can respond to this in a proactive and positive manner.

In addressing equal opportunities, the club will ensure that equity (as stated in the club rules) is incorporated into all aspects of its activities, and in doing so, recognizes and adopts the following Sport England definition of Sports Equity:
“Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognizing inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to all members of society”

The club also supports the following four key principals as being fundamental to ensuring equity in our sport.

Key Principals

The club also supports the following four key principals as being fundamental to ensuring equity in our sport.

Entitlement: People have a right to participate in and access quality and appropriate experiences within bowls.

Accessibility: The club accepts its responsibility, wherever and whenever possible, to adapt provision to fit the needs of the many.

Inclusion: Wherever and whenever possible, the club will make every effort to ensure all have access to the same quality of provision, and if necessary, we will use positive action to ensure this.

Integrity: Whatever we do as a club in changing or adopting provision, it must be of equal worth, challenging, relevant and in no way patronizing

Equity Policy

In addressing these key principles, the club and all its members undertake to respond to issues of equity by:
• Recognizing that bowls is a ‘Sport for all’. They can and should be enjoyed and made accessible to everyone.
• Positively encouraging involvement, membership and participation from all sectors of the community, regardless of their gender, race, disability, age and social background, ensuring that bowls is accessible to the many rather than the few
• acknowledging that equal opportunity is about recognizing that people are different and therefore require different provision
• taking positive action to increase the involvement from underrepresented groups in all aspects of our club
• recognizing that as a club, we need to adapt and work flexibly in order to respond to the needs of a wide and diverse range of people.
• Promoting an open and honest culture that values diversity and promotes equality of opportunity
• Ensuring that everyone feels a valued member of our club
• opposing discriminatory behavior and dealing with any incidence of discriminatory behavior seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.

In our training and development of coaches, we will strive to ensure that they:
• Adopt, promote and practice the principals and practices of equal opportunities
• Promote positive images of people with Special needs.
• Are committed to providing entitlement and access to all their professional activities.
• Encourage high expectations and standards of achievement from all they coach
• Involve everyone in meaningful and appropriate activity to ensure a quality experience.
• Help everyone to achieve their full potential.
• Ensure that participation can be enjoyed by all


This club policy will be reviewed by the management committee at yearly intervals, or when new legislation is enacted affecting the policy.






Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Policy 


Witney Town Bowls Club

Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Policy

Club Safeguarding Officers: Brian and Alison Eastgate




Witney Town Bowls Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the sport. All children and vulnerable adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in all the club activities in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment.


·        The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult is paramount.

·        All participants regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, race, faith, size, language or sexual identity, have              the right to protection from harm.

·        All allegations and suspicions of harm will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

·        Everyone will work in partnership to promote the welfare, health and development of children and vulnerable                    adults.

·        The interests of those who work or volunteer with children and vulnerable adults will be protected.


The club will appoint a Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO), as the first point of contact for safeguarding and welfare; it will ensure that the CSO is a member of, or may attend the management committee, making safeguarding issues a priority for the club.


The club’s aim is to create a culture where everyone feels confident to raise legitimate concerns without prejudice to their own position. Concerns about the behaviour of members which may be harmful to a child or vulnerable adult in their care must be reported to the management committee through the CSO.


Good behaviour within the club is the responsibility of the players. Team captains, players and parents must always promote good discipline, both on and off the green.

Raising Concerns                                      

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is every member’s responsibility. This means that everyone in the club has a responsibility to respond to any concerns that they or others, may have about a child or vulnerable adult, or the behavior of an adult.

If a child or vulnerable adult discloses information to you, you should keep questions to a minimum and make brief, accurate notes at the earliest opportunity.

A member who becomes aware of any suspicions or concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult must pass these on to the CSO as soon as possible.


When the club arranges transport to matches or competitions then the club will ensure that drivers have a valid driving licence and appropriate insurance and breakdown cover has been arranged; parents give their consent and have the driver’s contact details, with the driver having easy access to parents’ contact details including mobile phone numbers; no child or vulnerable adult is left alone in the car with the driver, unless it is the adult’s own child or vulnerable adult. If, in extenuating circumstances, this situation arises the child or vulnerable adult should sit in the back of the car if possible; the children involved are happy with the arrangement and adults are alert to any signs of disquiet.


The club policy will be reviewed by the management committee at yearly intervals, or when new legislation is enacted affecting the policy.


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