The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is the legal framework for fairness and requires us to protect people from unfair treatment and to promote equality and good relations between diverse groups of people.It replaces the different ‘strands’ of equality with nine protected characteristics. It alsocrepeals most previous equalities related legislation (although this Act does not apply in Northern Ireland). 

The characteristics protected under the Act are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Equality Act 2010 is about treating people fairly, with dignity and respect.  We believe that a consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion is ethically the right thing to do and essential to achieving our mission, vision and values as we  deliver on our plans for the future of volleyball.

Most of the provisions came into force in October 2010. Further provisions came into force in April 2011.

A copy of the Equality Act 2010 can be found at legislation.gov.uk



The Sport and Recreation Alliance have created an 'Equality Act Toolkit' to assist members in dealing with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.