Committed to Equality
Some of the work the SOA staff have been working on ‘behind the scenes’ is our compliance as a Governing Body with the Equality Standard. This sits firmly with our commitment to ensuring our sport is welcoming and inclusive to all who wish to participate.
As part of our ongoing work and accessing how inclusive our sport is, we signed the LGBTI Sport Charter in 2019 and will be working with British Orienteering to evolve our membership to ensure our language is inclusive. Our Development Team along with some key volunteers and Directors hosted an initial plenary workshop for orienteering for people with additional support needs.
We are committed to further our work on inclusion in 2020 and look forward to working with clubs to making orienteering welcoming to everyone.
What is equality?
What is Scottish Orienteering’s commitment?
Sports Equality is about fairness in sport; equality of access; recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It involves changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to all members of society and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their sport, use their talents, and realise their full potential.
As a Scottish Sport Governing Body the Scottish Orienteering Association has an obligation, both legal and moral, to ensure that it not only promotes an environment where all individuals can participate in and benefit from the sport of orienteering, but to ensure that all of its members; individual and club, do so too.
Scottish Orienteering is fully committed to the principles laid down in our Equality Policy and all Scottish Orienteering employees, members and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of all individuals wishing to orienteer in Scotland.