Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Code of Conduct

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect, and to ensure that members, non-members and visiting teams are not denied access to our tennis venue because of a discriminatory reason.

Our commitment is to:

  • Establish an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Ensure that all members and visitors are treated fairly and with respect.
  • Promote the LTA's Fair Play values within all tennis activities.
  • Eliminate discrimination by reason of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion or disability.
  • Oppose all forms of harassment, bullying or abuse whether it is physical, verbal or online.
  • Encourage the development of coaches in order to achieve greater diversity and inclusion within tennis.
  • Ensure there is an immediate investigation of any complaints of discrimination.

Code of Conduct

We have a Code of Conduct which summarises our approach on Safeguarding and Inclusion:

  • Prioritise the well-being of all children and vulnerable adults at all times.
  • Be a positive role model. Act with integrity, even when no one is looking.
  • Help to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off court and promote the Fair Play values.
  • Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs.
  • Keep clear boundaries between your professional and personal life, including on social media.
  • Check you have the relevant consent from parents before taking or using photos and videos of children.
  • Ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, and everyone has the information and training to carry them out.
  • Where possible, do not be alone with a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Do not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such.
  • Doing nothing is NOT an option: report all concerns and disclosures as soon as possible.

Note - it is illegal to have a relationship with someone who is under 18 years old if you are in a position of trust. It is illegal to have a sexual relationship with anyone under the age of 16 whether they give consent or not.