1.0       Statement of Intent


1.1      SCC is fully committed to the principles and active promotion of equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no member less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, parental or marital status, racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins), disability, religious beliefs or principles, social status, trade union membership or non-membership or sexual preference.

1.2      The Club will ensure that there will be open access to all those who wish to participate in cycling and that they are treated fairly.

1.3      The “active promotion of equality of opportunity” implies that SCC is seeking to move from simply complying with legislation and good practice towards embracing diversity.

2.0       Purpose of the Equality policy


2.1      The Club will ensure that no sections of the community are denied the opportunity to participate equally and fully in the pastime of cycling at whatever level suits them.

2.2      The Club will take steps to prevent discrimination or other unfair treatment for its members.

3.0       Legal Requirements


3.1      The Club is required by law not to discriminate against its members and recognises its legal obligations under current, relevant acts and related obligations arising from connected codes of practice.

4.0       Types of Discrimination


Discrimination can take the following forms:

4.1      Direct Discrimination:  This occurs when one person is treated less favourably than another in the similar circumstances.

 4.2     Indirect Discrimination:  This occurs when a provision, criterion or practice is applied equally to all, but which has a disproportionate and detrimental effect on a particular section of the population, because fewer members of that section can comply with the provision, criterion or practice cannot be objectively justified.

4.2.1   When decisions are made about an individual, the only personal characteristics taken into account will be those which, as well as being consistent with relevant legislation are necessary to the proper performance of the work involved.

4.3.1   Harassment:  Harassment can be described as actions, behaviour comments or physical contact that are unwelcome, inappropriate, unreciprocated and objectionable or causes offence to the recipient. It may related to age, gender, racial group, disability, religion or belief, social status, sexuality or some other personal characteristic.

4.3.2   Bullying:  Bullying is one form of personal harassment.  It is the misuse of power or position to persistently criticise or to humiliate and undermine an individual’s confidence.

4.3.1   The Club is committed to ensuring that its members and are able to conduct their activities in an environment that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.

4.3.2   The Club regards discrimination and harassment or bullying as described above as gross misconduct and any member of the Club who discriminates against any other person will be liable to appropriate disciplinary action.

4.4.     Victimisation: Victimisation occurs when someone is treated less favourably than others because he or she has taken action against the Club under one of the relevant acts or provided information about such discrimination.

5.0       Implementation


5.1      A copy of this document will be available to all members of the Club.

5.2      All members have responsibilities to respect, act in accordance with and thereby support and promote the spirit and intentions of this policy.

5.3      The Club will take measures to ensure that its practices are non- discriminatory.

5.4.     No official post will be placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which are not necessary to the performance of the post or which constitute unfair discrimination.

5.5      A planned approach will be adopted to eliminate barriers which discriminate against particular groups.

5.6      The Club will ensure that any consultants and advisers used by the Club can demonstrate their commitment to the principles and practice of equality.

6.0       Positive Action


6.1      The Club may take positive action or introduce special measures or initiatives for any group which is currently under-represented in membership.

7.0       Monitoring and Evaluation


7.1      The Club will regularly monitor and evaluate the policy, practices, procedures and operations on an ongoing basis and will inform members of their impact.

7.2      The Chairman has overall responsibility for the implementation of the equal opportunities policy.

7.3      The SCC Committee is responsible for ensuring that this equity policy is followed and to provide appropriate procedures to deal with the investigation and disciplinary hearing in connection with any alleged breach of the Equality Policy.

8.0       Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures


8.1      To safeguard individual rights under the policy any member who believes that he/she has suffered inequitable treatment within the scope of the policy may raise the matter through the appropriate grievance procedure.

8.2      Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any member who violates the Club’s Equality Policy

8.3      The Club is concerned to ensure that individuals feel able to raise any grievance and no member or volunteer will be penalised for doing so unless it is untrue and not made in good faith.





1.0       Statement of Intent


This document is the Club’s code of conduct, which offers guidance on good practice for everyone involved in the activity of cycling.


The code of conduct is divided into four sections:


1.1       Rights: which outlines the basic rights of individuals to take part in the activity of cycling.


1.2       Relationships: which offers guidance on personal relationships in cycling.


1.3       Personal Standards: which outlines the standards of personal conduct and behaviour expected within the Club.


1.4       Professional Standards: which details the commitment to best practice and ongoing professional development expected of officials, coaches, volunteers and all others in positions of authority within SCC or when acting on behalf of other organisations that support cycling.


1.1       RIGHTS


1.1.1   Statement


It is essential that all people involved in cycling recognise and ensure that everyone has an equal right to participate in the activity of cycling.


1.1.2   Issues


SCC members should:            Take every effort to make cycling an activity where everyone is treated as an individual and which is open and available equally to all members of society.            Make every effort to ensure that cycling in all its forms offers the individual the opportunity to participate without fear or harassment.  Where a participant experiences fear, harassment or bullying, the individual has a right to make a complaint and for that complaint to be heard and acted upon in accordance with the relevant policy            Respect the right of members to consult with other clubs and people who may offer support and advice.


1.1.3   Actions

SCC members will:            Ensure that all individuals in cycling are, at all times, treated with respect.            Not discriminate against an individual for any reason, whether it be race, colour, gender, marital status, sexuality, age, disability, occupation, religion or political persuasion.            Challenge discrimination in whatever form it takes.            Always behave with discretion when discussing other individuals and avoid engaging in descriptions or publicly criticising them in a way which they may find demeaning.            Communicate with each other in a way which reflects respect and care.  This is especially important when dealing with children or vulnerable adults.



1.2       Relationships Statement


SCC members should build relationships within the cycling fraternity which are open and honest, and founded on mutual trust and respect.


1.2.1   Issues            Members must not behave in any way which involves or could be construed as abuse of any kind, whether it be sexual, physical, emotional, neglectful or bullying.  The welfare and best interests of everyone involved with the activity of cycling should be respected and promoted at all times.  Individuals should be empowered to be responsible for their own decisions.            Members must always take action if they have concerns about an adult‘s behaviour towards a child.            When coaching is offered under the name of SCC, it is important to clearly define the level of expertise, services and any fees involved.            Coaches acting on behalf of SCC should work with and communicate with a range of individuals and organisations that will benefit the individual and provide them with a broader range of services and knowledge.  Equally, coaches should discuss and agree with the cyclist other sources of information and guidance if they believe it will be of benefit to the cyclist.


1.2.2   Actions


SCC should:            SCC Committee should involve and consult members in the decision-making processes.  Members must respect other members’ opinions concerning their participation in cycling.  Equally, members should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and be aware of the consequences.            SCC Committee should keep members informed of matters concerning the Club where appropriate.  An understanding of the potential for conflicts of interest and a willingness to resolve them is also important and all members should be willing to work toward harmonious relationships within the Club.




1.3.1   Statement            SCC members should demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times.


1.3.2   Issues            SCC members must be fair, honest and considerate to other members and other individuals involved in the activity of cycling.            SCC members must attempt to provide positive role models for others at all times so far as the activity of cycling is concerned.


1.3.3   Actions            It is essential to act within the law and the spirit of cycling at all times when cycling.  Club members should display respect for other cyclists and obey laws, rules and regulations relating to cycling at all times.            SCC members must be prepared to familiarise themselves with laws, rules and regulations relating to cycling.            High standards of behaviour are expected of everyone within SCC when cycling with, or representing the Club.




1.4.1   Statement            To maximise the enjoyment and benefits of cycling, minimise the risks to other cyclist and ensure safe and correct practice, all members of SCC who provide a service in an official capacity on behalf of the Club must attain a high level of competence through qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training and must support and implement the codes of conduct and policies of the appropriate governing bodies.


1.4.2   Issues            SCC members providing such services must strive to provide a safe environment that maximises the enjoyment and benefits of cycling and minimises risks to participants, thus helping them to achieve their goals.  Safe and correct practice must be carried out and promoted at all times.            Officials, coaches and others in positions of authority within SCC must at all times strive to be professional and accept responsibility for their actions.  They should make an ongoing commitment to provide participants with a quality service.  Beyond that, they should actively promote the positive benefits to society of participation in cycling.


1.4.3   Actions            SCC will follow guidelines issued by appropriate governing bodies and organisations within cycling as appropriate.            Coaches and officials acting on behalf of SCC should seek to attain the highest level of qualification available and maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of technical developments within cycling, and of other issues which may have an influence on their ability to provide the service on behalf of SCC.            It is vital that no one in SCC, at any level, assumes responsibility for any role which they are not qualified or prepared for.  Above all, they should not mislead others as to their level of qualification or competence.