Rowing for All

SABC Diversity and Inclusion Policy

At SABC, we wish to make a positive difference to people from all backgrounds who wish to learn more about and participate in the sport of rowing at our club.

This policy sets out the St Andrew Boat Club commitment and support for diversity and inclusion to ensure that:

  • We, as a club, embrace our “Rowing for All” motto
  • Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our club culture and behaviours
  • We take a proactive approach in ensuring all club members have the opportunity to thrive in the club and in the sport in whatever capacity or at whatever level they wish to engage

What we will do:

  • Make clear that any prejudicial or discriminatory actions, behaviours or activities will not be tolerated within the club by any member, coach, volunteer or trustee
  • Be person-focused and seek to understand how members want to engage and participate
  • Engage with members (and parents if member is a minor) on what adaptations or modifications would remove any barriers to participation
  • Where possible, make adjustments to coaching, equipment or the environment on and off the water
  • Provide clarity where adjustments, modifications and/or adaptations are not currently possible
  • Welcome all members who wish to participate
  • Create and maintain a club culture free from discrimination, harassment or bullying
  • Ensure all members can flag any behaviour they find offensive or discriminatory even if it is not directed at them

We propose the following definitions to explain our approach to diversity and inclusion at SABC:

Discrimination – treating someone in a less favourable way and causing them harm, because of their age, disability, gender, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation

Diversity – acknowledging and respecting the differences between groups of people and between individuals. We will work to ensure that people can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their rowing without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

Inclusion – ensuring that rowing is accessible, where feasible, to all community members so they can be fully involved in whatever capacity they choose, and that they are supported to achieve their potential in any capacity e.g. rower, volunteer, coach or trustee.