Sport is an intrinsic part of many local communities, contributing to the quality of life of many people and fostering community cohesion. It also has the ability to bring people together and to develop teamwork and co-operative skills and can provide a wide range of opportunities for all sections of the community to participate.
Statement of intent
At Leap, we are fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and are responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer or member receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.
We will ensure that there is open admission to all those who wish to work in partnership or alongside the organisation and that they are treated fairly.
We are committed to achieving gender parity (with a minimum of 30% female) and greater diversity generally on its board, including, but not limited to Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity, sexual preference and disability.
Leap team and board equality profile
Please note figures accurate as of February 2020
Leap equality policy
This policy has been created with an aim to improve equality of access to sport and the promotion of equal opportunities for all.
Public organisations are legally obliged to ensure that they do not discriminate against participants, employees, and volunteers on grounds of disability, gender, and race.
This link below provides information on the key pieces of legislation related to promoting equality and tackling unfair discrimination, that have been passed in the UK and EU.
Board commitment to diversity
The Leap Board is committed to ensuring that current and potential service users, employees (including volunteer helpers) or job applicants will not be discriminated against on the grounds of social circumstances or background, gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, age or religion.
We believe this is more than a compliance issue and that diversity brings new thinking, and challenges old ideas. The principles of tolerance and understanding and respect for others are central to what we believe.
We expect the Board and staff team to reflect the population we serve and want to ensure we consider and cater for all aspects of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes society when we make decisions about where we use our resources. We will ensure any board vacancies receive the widest possible coverage to guarantee that opportunities are seen and available to all.
Examples of our commitment to diversity in our work
Satellite Clubs – funding is prioritised for providers seeking to deliver in the top 20 most deprived areas of Bucks and MK. For example, we are working in partnership with Wycombe Youth Action to deliver taekwondo in a deprived area .
Sportivate – funding is weighted in favour of projects delivering to females, BAME communities and disabled participants.
Workforce – Inclusivity training offers providers guidance on how to shape delivery to suit individuals with varying abilities. This course was delivered at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and MK College to 32 individuals and feedback confirmed that they felt more confident as a result of the training.