Boccia England is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and to ensuring that no-one in the sport is unlawfully discriminated against regardless of individual circumstances or background.   We want to ensure that the sport of boccia is accessible to all and that there are no barriers to participation across the organisation, from players and volunteers to staff and Board members. 

Boccia England recognises that individuals who share one or more protected characteristics may find it challenging to participate fully in sports related activities and accepts that a more pro-active approach needs to be adopted towards those individuals and groups who do not traditionally access boccia.

We will also encourage partner organisations including members, clubs, affiliated associations, suppliers, sponsors and customers to adopt and demonstrate their commitment to the principles and practice of equality as set out in our Equality and Diversity policy and action plan.

A key aim of the Boccia England Board is to achieve greater diversity on our Board including but not limited to gender, age, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnicities (BAME) and disability, with a view for its profile to represent its member base .  As part of this, we maintain a target of having a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Board, are committed to progressing towards achieving gender parity, continuing to have a variety of ages and increasing our disabled and BAME representation. 

As the National Governing Body for a disability sport we recognise diversity and we value everyone’s individual differences.  We strive to maintain and continuously improve our working practices to benefit all those who participate in our sport.  Anyone who has the desire to be involved in the sport of boccia should be encouraged to take up the opportunity and coached and nurtured to reach their potential.

Boccia England Board of Directors

 

Our Current Board profile is:

Gender

Ethnicity

Disability

Age Range

Female 33%

Male 67%

100% White British

11% Disabled

25-64

EDI Areas of Focus and Priorities 2021-2022

Our current equality, diversity, and inclusion priorities for 2021/22 are:

  1. Work towards improving diversity and representation on the Board.
  2. Support our clubs through training and resources and the wider boccia community, to be more inclusive in their approach to attracting and engaging with new members and participants from underrepresented groups.
  3. Support the development of a Talent ID framework that specifically targets women and girls in response to the changes in BISFed rules.
  4. Improve ED & I representation and reference within our communications