Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Mission Statement

Lansdowne Football Club (LFC) is committed to making Rugby Football accessible and open to everyone who wishes to be involved in the game. We, as a Club, recognise the importance of, and are committed to equity, diversity, equal opportunities, fair treatment and respect to all involved and employed in our Club.

We shall achieve this by upholding the principals of equal opportunity in every aspect of the work we do. We support the development and implementation of practices that do not discriminate.

The Management Committee of LFC fully supports this policy and is responsible for its implementation and periodic review. Everyone involved in sport has a personal responsibility to meets its requirements.

 Scope of the policy

LFC recognises its responsibilities in respect of ensuring that its policies and procedures benefit not only its members but also the local community and will ensure that it engages with local partners and organisations.

The Management Committee is responsible for the implementation and effectiveness of the Policy, but the success of the Policy depends on the commitment of all the members and employees.

The Management Committee is also responsible for establishing equality indicators and for devising and implementing positive action plans where appropriate.

The purpose of this Policy is to set out our commitment to and further the work with regard to equality, diversity and inclusion. It also outlines our targets, setting out the mechanism for implementing, monitoring, and co-ordinating progress towards the achievement of our policy objectives.

 Policy Objectives

To raise awareness of Equality through sport

To continually monitor the Club’s activities and action plans

To adopt a planned approach to eliminating barriers which discriminate against targeted groups

To ensure that no one attending the Club receives any less favourable treatment than anyone else

To demonstrate good practice, working collaboratively with community partners

To value diversity, commit to equality, provide dignity and respect and sport for all

 Policy Statement

(a)    LFC is committed to operating in accordance and within the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000.

(b)   It is the aim of LFC, through relationships with its members, visitors, employees, and associates that everyone will be treated fairly, with respect and on an equal and non–discriminatory basis. We endeavour not to place any individual at a disadvantage by imposing conditions or requirements which cannot be justified.

(c)     LFC acknowledge their responsibility for setting standards and values which will apply throughout the Club and at every level of activity.

(d)    We will ensure that all participants involved in all aspects of Rugby Football or other pastimes or social activity will be given equal opportunity irrespective of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability.

(e)    LFC is committed to eliminating discrimination by reason of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, ability or disability.

(f)     LFC will ensure that all members of the community have access to and have the opportunity to take part in, and enjoy, our programme of activities, competitions and events.

(g)    LFC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of any individual, including sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether verbal or physical and will work to ensure such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it may occur.

(h)   The Management Committee is committed to the immediate investigation of any complaints of discrimination on the above grounds once they are brought to its attention – see Complaints Procedure below.

(i)      We will apply the principles of equal opportunity to all areas of our activity namely; Recruitment and Training of Staff, Coaches and Officials, whether employed or volunteers.

The Management and Committees of LFC believe that equality of equal opportunity and diversity is vital to its success and an essential pre-requisite to the achievement of its goals, in the delivery of the best possible facility that is accessible, appropriate and responsive to meeting the diverse needs of individuals and the local community.

 Complaints Procedure

In the event that any Member, employee or visitor to the Club feels that he/she has suffered discrimination or harassment in any way or that the 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 Honorary Secretary or another member of the Management Committee of LFC. The report should include:

(a)    Details of what is alleged to have occurred

(b)   Details of when and where the alleged occurrence took place

(c)    Any witness details and copies of witness statements (if any)

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

(e)   Details of any previous complaint(s) made about the alleged incident, including the date and to whom such complaint was made


(f)     An indication as to the desired outcome

  1. If the person accused of discriminatory behaviour is an employee, the Management Committee will regard the incident as a disciplinary issue and will follow Disciplinary Procedures set out for employees or (if none exists) the statutory procedure.
  2.  If the person accused of discriminatory behaviour is a non–employee, the Management Committee or representatives of the Management Committee will:

(a)    Request that both parties to the complaint submit written evidence regarding the alleged incident

(b)   May decide (at its discretion ) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing

(c)     May (at its discretion) hold a hearing (whether or not such a hearing is requested by either party ) at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case

(d)   Will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy, (including the equality Policy):

I)    A written warning as to future conduct

Ii)   Suspension from membership

Iii)  Removal from membership

iv)  Exclude a non–member from the club premises either temporarily or permanently  

vi)  Turn down a non–member’s current and/or future membership application

vii)  Will provide both parties with written reasons for the decision made

 If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the Management Committee or other body or group within LFC, the Member/visitor has the right to report the discrimination or harassment directly to the Honorary Secretary of the Irish Rugby Football Union.

 Terminologies and Descriptions

# Direct Discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic. Direct discrimination also includes discrimination because a person is wrongly thought to have a particular protected characteristic or is treated as if they do.

# Indirect Discrimination occurs where the effect of certain requirements, provisions or practises imposed by an organisation has an adverse impact disproportionately on one group or other. Indirect discrimination generally occurs when a rule or condition, which applied equally to everyone, can be met by a considerably smaller proportion of people from a particular group, the rule is to their advantage and it cannot be justified on other grounds.

# Discrimination arising from Disability occurs when a disabled person is treated unfavourably because of something connected with their disability and this unfavourable treatment cannot be justified. Treatment can be justified if it can be shown that it is intended to meet a legitimate objective in a fair, balanced and reasonable way. If this can be shown then the treatment can be lawful. This form of discrimination can occur only if the Club (or Person from the club) knows or can reasonably be expected to know that the disabled person is disabled.

# Harassment can be described as inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact, which may cause offence i.e. mental or physical anxiety or hurt to an individual. It may be related to gender, Gender reassignment, and race, Disability, sexuality, age, religion, nationality or any personal characteristic as an individual.

# Dignity is about respectful, responsible, fair and humane behaviour, something that is reflected in the constitution.

# Prejudice is literally pre- judging someone. It is usually led by negative, irrational feelings, resulting from preconceived attitudes and opinions.

# Social exclusion is when people or areas suffer from one or a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low income, high crime environment or lack of Facilities.