The Club’s Equity Policy
Hadleigh RFC is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects and every team of the Club. In doing so, the Club acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
- Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.
- The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
- Hadleigh RFC is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
- All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
- The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to Club disciplinary procedures.
The Fair Play Codes
The RFU have published the following Fair Play Codes, which help remind all of us why we enjoy being part of this great game:
- The Partnership between Team Management and Parents
- The Good Coach’s code
- The Good Parent’s code
- The Good Player’s code
- The Good Spectator’s code
- The Good Match Official’s code
- The Good Administrator’s code
With rugby at Senior level becoming so competitive and too often bringing with it a pervading culture of winning at all costs, it is vital that we do not forget the reasons why young players participate in and enjoy the game of Rugby Union. The idea of “fair play” should be a constant reference point for all those people involved in the mini and youth game. To lose sight of this would be detrimental to everyone.
Hadleigh RFC and its General Committee fully supports the spirit behind these guidelines and the ethos that they engender within the game. These should be followed at every level within mini and youth rugby. They are also relevant to the senior game played at this Club.