The health and safety of the Netball Family is our number one priority. For guidance and support please click here.

ENtrust – Inclusion

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England Netball aims to provide a first class participant experience for all its members and welcomes everyone to the sport of netball, in whatever role.

All Members, connected participants, staff and job applicants will be treated with respect and given equal access to the opportunities netball has to offer. The Equality Policy sets out the organisational commitment to meeting our duties under the law and what the expectations are on members, connected participants and staff. We educate our workforce and provide guidance for clubs to assist them in meeting their obligations under the Equalities Act 2010, by promoting good practice to assist clubs in being inclusive and engaging for all members of the community that wish to be involved in netball.

As the legislation specifies nine protected characteristics, our resources are developed using these definitions.  The Equalities Policy was adopted in March 2014 and the work streams from this Policy are being developed.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Codes of Conduct and Disciplinary Regulations and the Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy.

England Netball has a zero tolerance approach to all forms of discriminatory behaviour. We will act on any reported incidents and provide a dedicated contact address for reporting all concerns about disciplinary behaviour

Here to Listen Forums

Following the terrible death of George Floyd, the resulting global protests and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, England Netball held Here to Listen Forums with our membership to explore the experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority communities in our sport. Click here to find out more.

Celebrating diversity

We would love to hear about your good practice, particularly any initiatives for attracting members of communities who have not been your usual members, so we can help show the many ways in which people from all walks of life gain from their experience in the sport of netball.

Send us your stories and we will add some to our communications and help bring more success to your club, event etc.

Government Equalities Office – Private Clubs & Associations

International Netball Federation 

Protected characteristics

Age – refers to a person’s age or a range of ages

Disability – a person’s physical or mental impairment which has a substantial, long term impact on their ability to carry out day to day activities.

Trans People –

Mental Health –

Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

Marriage and Civil Partnership – the legal union of one person with another whether of the same gender or of the opposite gender. A civil partnership is a different form of legal union and should be treated no less favourably.

Pregnancy and Maternity – Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding

Race – a group of people defined by a common race, colour, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin.

Religion and Belief – adherence to a recognised faith or a system of belief which may include religious and philosophical beliefs, including a lack of belief (atheism). It will have an impact on life choices to be included in the definition.

Sex – a person’s gender, male or female.

Sexual Orientation – a person’s sexual attraction to someone of the same, opposite sex or both.

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