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The SCA believes that equity means more than equality. It’s not just about equal numbers, but is concerned more with fairness, justice, inclusion and respect. Equality in sport is about making sure that everyone has an equal chance to participate in sport if they choose to do so, and that no one is discriminated against for reasons such as gender, race, disability, age, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, social background, marital status or pregnancy. It is also about making sure that any barriers that stand in the way of people who traditionally do not take part in sport, are removed.

Everyone involved in sport should be concerned with good practice, fairness and inclusion and ensuring opportunities to participate are fair for all. 

Equality Standard in Sport

The SCA has achieved the Intermediate Level (the third level) of the Equality Standard in Sport - a framework to assist sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport from under-represented individuals, groups and communities.

The Standard is based around 2 broad themes:

  • Developing Our Organisation
  • Developing Our Services

and has 4 levels of achievement:

  • Foundation: SCA have achieved this level
  • Preliminary:  SCA have achieved this level
  • Intermediate SCA have achieved this level (February 2013)
  • Advanced

Equality at Events and Courses

The check list below is a useful reminder when checking organisation of events. It also touches on the role models we portray and about our responsibility to actively promote paddlesports as a ‘sport for all’. The following list is not exhaustive and is not in any particular order.



  • Is venue accessible for public transport?
  • If wheel chair users are attending is the car parking accessible?
  • Are there clear signs to and at the venue?
  • Is the fire alarm visual as well as audible?
  • Are all escape routes clear and accessible at all times?
  • Is there a toilet and accommodation suitable for disabled participants and spectators?
  • Are there women only changing facilities?
  • If participants/spectators with young children will attend are there baby changing facilities?


  • Are speakers/facilitators aware of the SCA Equity Policy and their role in its implementation?


  • Is the publicity in Plain English?
  • Does the publicity distribution process include the informal networks and community focal points?


  • Have you consulted with representatives from groups you hope to attract to the event?
  • Is the timing of the event appropriate and user friendly?
  • Is the pricing affordable for a wide band of potential participants?
  • Is the equipment suitable for a wide band of potential participants?


  • Is there a code of practice?
  • Are there ways of monitoring behaviour?
  • Is there a suggestions/complaints procedure?