Lichfield Hockey Club Equity Policy

Statement of Intention

Lichfield Hockey Club expects officials, players and volunteers of the club to act and demonstrate respectful values and actions. It adopts the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour Policy including:

  • Equality Policy
  • Anti-doping Rules
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy and Procedures and GoodPractice Guidelines.

Lichfield Hockey Club is committed to the principles of equality of opportunity. Lichfield Hockey Club aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status or sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in hockey at all levels and in all roles. This includes all members and spectators.

Lichfield Hockey Club shall:

  • Ensure that there will be open access to all its services
  • Eliminate prejudice against any group by removing barriers
  • Select and train all members of Lichfield Hockey Club solely on the basis of merit & ability and by adapting facilities and equipment where necessary and reasonably possible
  • Communicate to all members its commitment to equal opportunities
  • Fulfil its social responsibility to all members ensuring that appropriate support is given
  • Make every reasonable effort to prepare and produce materials that are appropriate for all persons in respect of language, format and approach
  • Modify any existing rules and regulations that may inhibit the inclusion of any groups, provided this does not result in the deterioration of equality required by the EH
  • Lichfield Hockey Club recognises its legal obligations and will take account of:

o Equal Pay Act 1970
o Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974
o Sex Discrimination Act 1975, 1986, 1999 o Race Relations Act 1976
o Disability Discrimination Act 1995
o Human Rights Act 2000 or any subsequent amendments or re-enactments thereof.


  • Direct Discrimination
    Direct Discrimination is defined as treating a person less favourably than others would be treated in the same circumstances
  • Indirect Discrimination
    Indirect Discrimination occurs when a job requirement or condition is applied, which, whether intentional or not, has an adverse effect on one sex or racial group or marital status because fewer representatives of that group are able to comply with it, and that requirement or condition cannot be justified on grounds other than race, gender or marital status
  • Harassment
    Harassment can be described as inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact that are objectionable or cause offence to the recipient. It may be directed towards people because of their age, sexuality, disability or some other characteristic.


Lichfield Hockey Club regards discrimination and harassment as outlined above as gross misconduct and any member of Lichfield Hockey Club who so discriminates against any other person shall be liable to appropriate disciplinary action.


  • A copy of the policy shall be available to all members of Lichfield Hockey Club All these persons shall respect, act in accordance with and thereby support and promote the spirit and intentions of this policy
  • A planned approach shall be adopted to remove discrimination against any group
  • Lichfield Hockey Club shall be committed to working only along side those individuals ororganisations who are prepared to demonstrate the principles and practice of equity as laid out in this document

Positive Action

Lichfield Hockey Club may take positive action or introduce special measures for a group that is currently under-represented in its membership or representative bodies.

Monitoring & evaluation

  • Lichfield Hockey Club shall regularly monitor and evaluate the policy, practices, procedures and operations on an ongoing basis and inform members of their impact.
  • The Club Chairman shall have overall responsibility for the implementation of the equity policy.
  • The Club Committee shall be responsible for implementing this policy.

Members holding positions of responsibility:

  • No member shall personally profit by holding a position of responsibility (including but not limited to a Committee Member, Captain or Coach).
  • Under no circumstances shall a member induce or accept payment or incentive from another member or external organisation in order to further the agenda or requirements of that party.
  • Any member involved in a decision making process on behalf of the club shall formally notifythe club committee of any involvement or relationship that may be considered or give rise to aconflict of interest.
  • All captains shall implement the instructions and decisions of the elected committee.

England Hockey Duty of Care

We are aligned to the England hockey (Duty of Care in Hockey), for full information please click here for more information. This includes guidance about creating a safe and welcoming environment for all hockey participants.