JudoScotland Recognised for Equality Achievement

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JudoScotland Recognised for Equality Achievement

Posted: 05/12/2019

JudoScotland has been officially recognised for its attainment of the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard for Sport, having achieved the standard earlier in the year.  sportscotland CEO visited HQ and presented JudoScotland CEO Douglas Bryce with a plaque to recognise this achievement.

The Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport (the Standard) was launched by the UK sports councils in November 2004 to help address the inequalities that exist within the sports sector. It is a framework to guide sports organisations, including sporting governing bodies like ourselves, towards achieving equality.

As an organisation, we are keen to maintain a high standard of equality across everything we do. Regardless of a judoka's sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, religion or belief, they will be welcomed on to the mat.  We recognise, respect and value people’s differences by promoting an inclusive culture for all members; we hope that in doing so we can help all members reach their full judo potential. As a sport, judo is inherently equal. Every judoka steps onto the mat in a judo gi and will work through the grading syllabus. As an individual, the only visually distinguishing feature is their grade which is displayed through the colour of their belt.  We have a number of initiatives in place to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in judo, from our 'I Do Judo' initiative to our female programme, JudoGirlsRock. 

Speaking of the achievement, JudoScotland Chairman Ronnie Saez commented:

“As Chairman of JudoScotland, I am immensely proud that the governing body has been formally recognised in such a way by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. Judo has always been an open and inclusive sport and I would like to thank and pay tribute to the work of the JudoScotland staff, member Clubs, coaches and the many, many volunteers that this award recognises.”

You can find out more about the Equality Standard for Sport here.