Through the implementation of this policy, the WKGB aims to:
The WKGB believes that everyone matters and makes a difference.
The WKGB ethos of equality, diversity and inclusion exemplifies the WKGB values of respect, collaboration, integrity.
Equality, diversity and inclusion runs through our operations, leadership and governance.
We embed and embody this ethos through our interactions with our wider community, reflecting our moral and ethical principles so that everyone feels valued, encouraged and empowered through their connection to the WKGB.
Everyone involved in participating in recreation and sport joins with good intentions and we are all expected to do our best to treat each other with respect and comply with our policies and rules.
Children and young people in particular must be cared for, treated with respect and their welfare placed at the centre of everything we do in Karate.
WKGB seeks to foster a community culture that encourages understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all people within its membership.
WKGB Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is committed to welcoming, celebrating and including people of all cultures.
Wales is a country of people from many cultures, beliefs and backgrounds.
WKGB is committed to including and celebrating diversity with people from all backgrounds.
Everyone who is involved in WKGB activities needs to play their part in making our sport a safe, welcoming space for everyone and encourage participation by as many people as possible.
Equality is about everybody regardless of who they are having equal opportunity to participate in sport. In the case of WKGB that is Karate.
Providing equal opportunities for everyone is part of the WKGB strategy to help eliminate the socio-economic inequalities of society.
Karate within the WKGB is a sport whereby athletes with disabilities and athletes without disabilities can train together and participate in competitions with categories for both able-bodied and para-athletes.
Karate is an inclusive activity where everyone regardless of ability or disability can participate in the sport albeit with minimal adaption of environment or equipment.
Within the WKGB all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully and have equal access to opportunities and resources.
Participation in sports is influenced by social factors, such as people’s age, gender, disability and ethnicity.
There is a significant disparity between different socio-economic groups and their engagement in sports and physical activity.
The WKGB is aware that the cost of physical activities varies. Having money to spend on Karate activities opens up the choices available for participation.
Everybody has the right to participate within an inclusive and safe space and to be treated with respect, care and a positive attitude. We believe at its heart, inclusion is simple: no one is left out.
That means more than saying everyone is welcome. It means taking action to include people in opportunities so that people feel they are included and belong.
WKGB welcomes everyone whatever their belief, whatever their lifestyle, to get involved in and participate in Karate practice.
WKGB values diversity and offers fair access and participation to all races, cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Karate promotes good sportsmanship by demonstrating mutual respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.
We welcome people from all cultures and backgrounds to become involved in Karate as participants volunteers, employees and supporters. We will make WKGB governance and management bodies representative of our community.
We will not always get it right. But we will try.
WKGB acknowledges that sports equity is about fairness in sports, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to resolve them.
WKGB is dedicated to implementing equity in our sport, and changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society whatever their age, gender, ability, disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, parental or marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs or socio/economic status.
WKGB accepts that we live in a diverse and changing society, and believes in using the power of sport to engage, motivate, and improve health and fitness whilst promoting social inclusion.
Karate is about giving people the confidence to realise their potential and to be the best that they can be - WKGB is aware of its responsibility to challenge any discriminatory procedure within the sport and to demonstrate its commitment to the principles and practice of Equality as stated in its Equality Policy.
Equality of opportunity is important in martial arts and sports clubs because it ensures that all individuals have the same chance to participate and succeed, regardless of their personal characteristics or circumstances.
This allows people from all walks of life to have access to the benefits of martial arts, such as improved physical and mental health, increased self-esteem and confidence, and the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends. An inclusive and diverse environment promotes fairness and respect and increases participation and engagement as individuals feel that they are valued and supported in their pursuits.
The Welsh Karate Governing Body and associated clubs believe the dojo should be a supportive place for all members. Fostering a sense of community and belonging by adhering to the principles of equality, gives everyone an equal chance to participate and succeed.
Statement of Intent
The Welsh Karate Governing Body is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, competitor, child/young person receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, ethnic status, parental/marital status, nationality, religious belief, political persuasion, social background and sexual preference.
The Welsh Karate Governing Body is required by law, not to discriminate against its employees, members, or volunteers and recognizes its legal obligation under the following acts and subsequent revisions.
Discrimination can take the following forms:
Direct Discrimination - This means treating someone less favourably than you would treat others in the same circumstances.
Indirect Discrimination - This occurs when a job requirement or condition is applied equally to all, which has a disproportionate and detrimental effect on one group.
The Welsh Karate Governing Body is fully committed to equality of opportunity and where decisions are made about an individual, the only personal characteristics taken into account will be those which, as well as being consistent with relevant legislation are necessary to the performance of the sport.
Harassment - Can be described as inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact that is objectionable or causes offence to the recipient.
The Welsh Karate Governing Body is committed to ensuring that all staff, volunteers, and competitors can conduct their activities in an environment that is free from harassment or intimidation.
A copy of this document will be available to all staff, members, competitors, and volunteers.
Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, member or volunteer who violates the Welsh Karate Governing Body Equity Policy.