Boxing Scotland recognised for commitment to equality in sport
Boxing Scotland, the national governing body of sport which promotes and develops boxing in Scotland, has been recognised for its equality work reaching one of the highest levels in the national Equality Standard Framework for Sport.
The Intermediate Award is the second-highest level of a framework put in place by The Sports Council Equality Group (SCEG), which is made up of representatives from all UK sports councils and aims to promote and develop equality in sport.
Boxing Scotland have risen through the Foundation and Preliminary levels of the Framework, establishing and implementing an equality action plan.
To reach Intermediate level, the organisation created out an equality profile of the entire organisation, from board and paid/unpaid staff to coaches, officials and members.
They have produced a comprehensive 2019 – 2022 equality action plan containing 50 clear actions to be delivered against agreed timescales.
This demonstrates a clear plan to increase the diversity of people participating in the sport across Scotland.
Fraser Walker, Boxing Scotland chief executive, said: “This is a very significant step and demonstrates the efforts we have made, at both board and staff level, to implement good practice. We will now work to cascade and embed equality and inclusion throughout our network of affiliated clubs.
“There is a long-term commitment to ensuring equality in our business practices and this is something that both myself and Martin Henry, our Board Equality & Inclusion champion, are very passionate about.
“We want to make boxing an inclusive and accessible sport for everyone. Boxing is a sport for people of all ages and abilities. We run non-contact boxing lessons through the Active Schools programme, helping to build the self-esteem, confidence, discipline and physical and mental well-being of all the participants.
“We are particularly active in Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) areas, reaching more people through sport than most. Currently, 68% of our clubs are in areas included in the SIMD index.
“We have seen a huge increase in participation among women and on the international stage: Megan Reid and Vicky Glover are making incredible progress.
“There are also pension-age, non-competitive participants enjoying the expertise of our coaches, the training and facilities.
“This is a very exciting time for Boxing Scotland. We are in the midst of a major culture change and have seen significant growth, in terms of both clubs and members. Reaching Intermediate Level within the Equality Standard Framework for Sport is another major milestone.”