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3.2.2 - Club equality policy




The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that members, non members and visiting clubs and teams are not denied access to Chipstead Place Lawn Tennis Club because of a discriminatory reason.




a)     Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.


b)    This policy is fully supported by the committee, which is responsible for the implementation and review of this policy.


c)     CPLTC, in all its activities, will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability.  CPLTC will make every effort to treat its members, non-members and visiting clubs and teams fairly and with respect and will ensure that all members of the community have access to and have opportunities to take part in, and enjoy, its programmes of activities, competitions and events.


d)    CPLTC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisationof an individual. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal.  CPLTC will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.


e)     CPLTC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any complaints of discrimination on the above grounds, once they are brought to its attention. Complaints will be dealt with in accordance with its complaints policy and, where such a complaint is upheld, CPLTC may impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate to discriminatory behaviour.


f)     CPLTC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide by and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation, including the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Age Discrimination Act 2006 as well as any amendments to these acts and any new legislation.














Club complaints procedure


In the event that any member, visitor or visiting team feels that he, she or it has suffered discrimination or harassment in any way or that the club policies, rules or code of conduct have been broken they should follow the procedures below.


1.         The Complainant should report the matter in writing to the club chairman or another member of the committee [details can be obtained on the club website ]. The report should include:


(a)           details of what occurred;

(b)           details of when and where the occurrence took place;

(c)           any witness details and copies of any witness statements;

(d)           names of any others who have been treated in a similar way (provided that those people consent to their names being disclosed);

(e)           details of any former complaints made about the incident, including the date and to whom such complaint was made; and

(f)            an indication as to the desired outcome.


2          If the person accused of discriminatory behaviour is a non-employee of the Club, the Club’s committee, or representatives of the committee:


·         will request that both parties to the complaint submit written evidence regarding the incident(s);

·         may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint;

·         may (at its sole discretion) hold a meeting of the parties (whether or not requested by either party) at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;

·         will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any Club policy, (including the Equality Policy):


(a)   warn as to future conduct;

(b)   suspend from membership;

(c)   remove from membership;

(d)   exclude a non-member from the Club, either temporarily or permanently; and

(e)   turn downa non-member’s current and/or future membership applications.


·      will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision to uphold or dismiss the complaint within one (1) calendar month of such decision being made.  Such decision will be final and at the sole discretion of the committee.



3.         If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the club’s committee, the member/visitor has the right to report the discrimination or harassment directly to the relevant County Association.




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