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. The decision was unanimous and testament to this is the fact that two of the documents that were provided in support of horsescotland’s application are currently being used by the Sports Council Equality Group as examples of good practice. Special mention was made acknowledging the support and commitment of our Lead Officer, Bill McKinlay, to equality and to achieving this level.

The Preliminary Level is the second of four levels and it means that horsescotland has achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Your organisation is aware of its current external profile and position in terms of equality

  2. Your organisation has a robust equality action plan to advance equality and increase participation. Staff (paid and unpaid) understand how this plan relates to their role

  3. All board members and staff (paid and unpaid) within your organisation understand the general principles of equality and how it relates to their sport

  4. Your recruitment practices and policies seek to advance equality

This award is valid for three years and within this time period we will have started working towards the Intermediate and eventually Advanced Level standards.

Equality Documents


Further Resources


Link to the Changing lives programme resources