Equality and Diversity

British Swimming is fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity for all.

We consider the aquatic disciplines provide “sport for all”.  They can and should be made accessible to everyone, to the greatest extent possible.


To support and supplement its objectives in this area, British Swimming (together with the ASA) is working to achieve the Equality Standards for Sport, established by the Sports Councils as a bench mark for sports governing bodies to which they provide funding.

British Swimming is already the proud holder of the Foundation, Preliminary and Intermediate Standards for Equality and is committed to obtaining the Advanced Standard.

For further information about the Standards, please visit their website. Alternatively, British Swimming can be contacted on [email protected] or via 01509 640270.



As part of its commitment to equality and diversity, British Swimming is proud to join with other leading names in Sport to sign the Charter for Action. The Charter aims to make sport a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

As a signatory, British Swimming is committed to the Charter’s 4 principles:

1.       We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.

2.      We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment and brings together people with a common goal.

3.      We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people. We will work together and individually to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.

4.      We will make sort a welcoming place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and those working or volunteering in sports at any level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.


British Swimming and its subsidiaries are fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity in all its functions.

To view the full British Swimming Equality Policy click here.