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The WRU: Equality Standard

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The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) recognises the importance of equality within Welsh rugby and is committed to help ensure the access to rugby across Wales for anyone, regardless of individual circumstance or background.

As part of this commitment, the WRU is working towards achieving the Sports Equality Standard- a framework and vehicle for widening access and increasing participation in sport from underrepresented groups. Through the involvement of employees, board members and member clubs, the WRU intend to gain foundation level by May 2011.

The Welsh Rugby Union Group is fully committed to the principles of equality and is responsible for ensuring that, employees, members, volunteers and participants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

The WRU recognises rugby as a diverse sport of which involvement can bring communities together, have health and economic benefits and impact on the future of national rugby teams. The WRU will aim to ensure that there is open access to all those who wish to participate within any aspect of rugby union by striving to drive down barriers and treat all individuals fairly and without discrimination.

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Equality Standard - A Framework For Sport

The Welsh Rugby Union have committed to achieving the Equality Standard - A Framework For Sport, with a view to achieving the Standard at Foundation Level by the end of May 2011. Equality is the term used to describe "equal access" and as rugby is such an integral part of Welsh life, it was felt important that we should help ensure it is accessible to as much of the population as possible regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political belief, age or social background.

Rugby is a diverse sport and people can get involved in many different roles associated with it.

Involvement can bring communities together; have health and economic benefits and impact on the future success of national rugby teams. It is therefore important that as many people as possible have access to rugby and its associated benefits. For more information about the Standard, please visit http://www.equalitystandard.org/.

As part of our ongoing work with equality, we are required to conduct an equal opportunity survey of our key volunteers, coaches, referees and players. The purpose of this is to assess the representation of different groups within those involved in Welsh Rugby and whether more needs to be done to achieve equality of opportunity. Therefore players and clubs are urged to visit http://www.sportstructures.com/wru_general.

The company will not have access to individual forms only a composite of results, therefore your personal information will remain confidential and will only be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

In order for us to achieve the standard we need the form to be completed by as many people as possible (this will only take approximately 2-3 minutes to complete). We are aware that the survey is sensitive and you are not obliged to answer any of the questions but you must do this by selecting the option 'do not wish to disclose' on the form as opposed to not completing it.

The Equality Standard - A Framework for Sport

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