All equality is founded on the belief that all humans are equal and should not be disadvantaged for any reason.  Equality can mean:

  • working towards everyone having the same opportunities

  • the ability to achieve access to facilities and services

  • or achieving the same outcomes

The Equality Act 2010 is the single most important piece of equalities legislation to date. This act replaced all of the existing equalities legislation, including the Race Relations Act and Disability Discrimination Act, to bring all key aspects of equality into one, straightforward law. The Equality Act 2010 provides a number of protected characteristics, these are:

  • Age

  • Disability

  • Gender reassignment

  • Pregnancy and maternity

  • Race

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation

  • Marriage/ civil partnership

The protected characteristics apply equally to everyone; we all have a race or a sexual orientation, and the purpose of the Equality Act is to ensure that no one is treated less favourably because they have a characteristic that is different.

For further information please contact equality@horsescotland.org

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Equality Standard

The Equality Standard provides an opportunity for governing bodies to consider equality in all their functions and services. As a minimum all sports are required to have an Equality Policy.  The Standard is owned by the 5 Sports Councils through the Sports Councils Equality Group (SCEG). The first ever equality Standard for sport was launched in November 2004. The Equality Standard was updated and re-launched by SCEG in March 2012 to ensure it remained fit for purpose and reflected the latest equality legislation.

In 2013 horsescotland was awarded the Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard, achieving Intermediate Standard in 2018.


Equality Documents


Further Resources



The five UK Sports Councils, including sportscotland, have published updated guidance in relation to transgender participation in sport, with the aim of supporting sports to better understand the needs and challenges involved in ensuring that everyone can take part. 

sportscotland, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales and UK Sport have worked together on this, in recognition that previous guidance from 2013 was out of date, and that sport at every level required more practical advice and support in this area to be able to maximise opportunities for inclusion and accessibility.


Link to the Changing lives programme resources