Pentathlon GB has achieved the Foundation Level of the Equality Standards for Sport (which is a framework and set of standards aimed at improving the equality work within Sports Governing Bodies and similar organisations). This is a significant achievement for Pentathlon GB as it formally recognises that the organisation has started to embed equality in the development of the organisation and the delivery of the services. Led by an Equality Working Group which was formed in 2013 the organisation has made significant steps to achieving the Preliminary level showing the commitment to Equality and Diversity within the sport of Modern Pentathlon.

Pentathlon GB strives to ensure that anyone participating in any of the disciplines of the sport is able to do so in a discrimination- free environment and that everyone is entitled to be treated fairly regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, parental or marital status, disability, religion, colour, race, ethnic or national origins or socio/economic background.

What is Equality & Diversity?

Equal Opportunities - Equal opportunities is about ensuring training, employment practices and access to services are fair and free from discrimination and harassment. Current legislations encompasses gender, race, disability, religion and faith, age and sexual orientation.

Equality – is the state of being equal – treating individuals equally, which does not necessarily mean treating them the same. In some cases the need for equality may require unequal effort to ensure the principle of equality is achieved.

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society (sport England 2000).

Diversity - Recognising, valuing and respecting the diversity of each individual. Diversity encompasses visible and non-visible individual differences. They may include, but not limited to differences protected by anti-discrimination legislation.

Positive action – Is allowed under legislation to redress imbalances between underrepresented groups of employees. It allows employers to provide targeted training to underrepresented groups and to encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in particular areas of work.

To find out more about Equality Work within Pentathlon GB, please click on the documents listed below: