Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

England Athletics is committed to make athletics the most popular individual sporting activity in England. We want to make England an Athletics nation and we cannot do this without encouraging the whole of society to participate in athletics.

We work in partnership with the wider athletics family to create a vibrant, safe and progressive sport that embraces athletes of all abilities, from all communities, and to grow the next generation of athletics champions.  We will not tolerate any discrimination from any of our affiliated athletics and running clubs.

We have set our own goals in order to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in athletics:


England Athletics wants to become a leading sport governing body in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. We have appointed Karen Neale as our Equalities Board Champion and she will champion equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

  • England Athletics is committed to achieve the Intermediate Equality Standard for Sport. Details of the Standard can be found at: equalityinsport.org/equality-standard-for-sport
  • sports coach UK have a set of resources that coaches might find useful regarding equality, diversity and inclusion issues specifically relevant to coaches. Click here to find out more.
  • Click here to download a template of an inclusion policy for your club.

three wheelies at Parallel SuccessDisability Athletics

England Athletics is committed to support and develop athletics opportunities for disabled people.

Within the England Athletics framework of club and coach development we are looking to develop best practice in disability athletics through the integration of inclusive practice into our core programmes.  This will be aimed at clubs and coaches including the Local and National Coach Development Programme, Flying Coaches and the Athletics Networks.

As part of this work around disability athletics we have produced an Inclusion Policy, Inclusive Club Health Check document, Guidance to Inclusive Practice for Race Organisers, and Guidance to Inclusive Practice for Competition Organisers. All of these and more information about support and information on disability athletics are available at www.englandathletics.org/disabilityathletics.

Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia

Sports Charter logo

In 2011 England Athletics signed up to the Sports Charter anti-homophobia and transphobia campaign. By signing the Charter we committed to standing up to discrimination, building a more family friendly club and create an environment where there is no room for abuse within sport.

  1. We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
  2. We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal.
  3. We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
  4. We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.

As part of this we are making clubs and organisations aware of resources available to them through Sports Charter. To download resources and logos please go to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/lgbt-equality-publications/sportscharter-toolkit/

There's also a Love Sport Hate Homophobia facebook page

Engaging Faith Communities

Sporting Equals has developed a toolkit to help sports providers to engage faith communities in sport and physical activity.  The toolkit is for all sports organisations and providers including coaches, sports leaders, volunteers, NGBs, County Sports Partnerships, local authorities, professional sports clubs, and sports development officers.

Religious and faith commitments can influence the everyday lives of many individuals living in the UK. This toolkit focuses on issues related to ‘religious identity’ rather than ‘ethnic identity’.

The Engaging Faith Communities toolkit is available here