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7. Inclusion & Diversity Policy


The RICHMOND CC, in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for RICHMOND CC, and participating in or watching RICHMOND CC’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

RICHMOND CC, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

RICHMOND CC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.

RICHMOND CC will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.

RICHMOND CC will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.

This policy is fully supported by the RICHMOND CC’s officers and management committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

RICHMOND CC is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.

In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to the Committee of RICHMOND CC.

Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.

If the accused individual is an employee, the Committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow RICHMOND CC’s employment disciplinary procedure.
If the accused individual is a non-employee, the Committee:

  • may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;
  • may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;
  • 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: (a) warn as to future conduct; (b) suspend from membership; (c) remove from membership; (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and (e) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application; and
  • will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.

A party may appeal a decision of the management committee to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of RICHMOND CC’s decision being notified to that party.

If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the [management committee] of the RICHMOND CC, the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.

This policy will be reviewed periodically by the RICHMOND CC in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.


All members and guests of Richmond Cricket Club will:

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket
Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief

Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
Display high standards of behaviour

Promote the positive aspects of cricket e.g. fair play

Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials

Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
Recognise good performance – not just match results

Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance
Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual

Respect Young People’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket
Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club

Not provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued

Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and appointed volunteers will hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.