Comet Triathlon Club Equity And Diversity Policy


Comet Triathlon Club

Is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our coaches, parents, junior members and anyone involved with the club and to eliminate unlawful discrimination.

The aim for our club is to be truly representative of all sections of society and our members to feel respected and able to give their best.

By providing coaching and training facilities has committed against unlawful discrimination of junior athletes,.

Our policy is to:  

Provide equality, fairness and respect for all our members and coaches.

Not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protecting characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

Comet Triathlon Club oppose:

All forms of unlawful discrimination within the club environment and coaching structure.  This includes in pay, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, training or other developmental opportunities.

Comet commits to:

Encourage equality and diversity within the club and to ensure that coaches undergo appropriate equality training for their role.

Create a coaching environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all coaches and members are recognised and valued

This commitment includes training coaches and any other volunteers about their rights and responsibilities under the equality policy.

Coaches responsibilities include

Conducting themselves to help the club provide equal opportunities in coaching and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination. All coaches should understand they can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination in the course of their duties against fellow coaches, parents, children and any others in the course of their duties.

Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by other members and any others in the course of the clubs activities.

Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the clubs grievance or disciplinary procedures and appropriate action will be taken. The point of contact is a dual responsibility of Michael Holden  and Sophie Frame

Serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to suspension without notice. Sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations.

Harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment related, is a criminal offence. 

Comet Triathlon Club

Promise to make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all coaches who will be helped and encouraged young athletes to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the credibility of the organisation.

Ensure that both existing coaches and those seeking employment with Comet Triathlon Club are treated fairly and that individuals are judged solely on merit to their skills, abilities, qualifications, aptitude and potential.


Coaching practices and procedures on an ongoing basis or when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update the policy to take account of changes in British Triathlon race rules and regulations

Monitoring will also include assessing how  Comet Triathlon Clubs  equality policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.

The equality policy is fully supported Comet Club management.

Managers have a responsibility to:

Set a good example by treating all club members with dignity and respect.

Correct unacceptable behaviour.

Ensure coaching staff know how to report discrimination, bullying and harassment jointly to the club management, Michael Holden and the club welfare officer (Sophie Frame) welfare@comettriathlonclub and ensure that reporting incidents does not result in victimisation. Deal with complaints fairly, thoroughly, quickly and confidentially.

Details of the organisations grievance and disciplinary policies and procedures can be found on Comet Club’s website.

This includes with whom a member or coach should raise a grievance, this again would be the above named persons.Use of the organisations grievance and / or disciplinary procedures should not affect a coach or members right to make a notification of the alleged discrimination to The British Triathlon Organisation.

Adopted by Comet Triathlon Club management 1st December 2018  

To be reviewed by Michael Holden & coaches board December 2019