EIS gain Equality Foundation LevelSubscribe
EIS/UK Sport 19 January 2011
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) has completed the Equality Standard for Sport Foundation Level, as part of its plans to ensure equality is at the core of the organisation.
The Standard is a collaboration of the four Home Country Sports Councils and UK Sport which guides sports equality. The Standard framework assists sporting organisations in developing structures and processes, as well as assessing performance and ensuring continuous improvement.
Through the process of obtaining the foundation level, the EIS has demonstrated its commitment to equality, ensure policies for equality are well communicated and understood by staff and that the organisation is aware of its current profile and position in terms of equality.
“Obtaining the Foundation Level of the Equality Standard for Sport is an important step for the EIS as we strive to progress through the framework,” says EIS North Regional Director, Peter Elliott, who has led the organisation’s work towards the standard.
“The EIS have long had policies in place to ensure equality is at the heart of what we do and ensuring that these are up to date and well communicated as well as understanding where we are within the framework have been an important part of this work over the past six months” he adds.
Employing over 250 staff across the country, the EIS works across a breadth of sport science and medical disciplines as well as working with almost 50 sports.
UK Sport’s Equality Officer, Charlotte Edward, said: “The EIS are to be congratulated on this achievement, and as a key partner to UK Sport in high performance sport we look forward to supporting them to progress through the equality framework.”
The framework, launched in 2004, for assisting sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport for under-represented groups. It is based around two broad themes - developing your organisation and developing your services - and four levels of achievement; Foundation, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced.
Find out more about the EIS.