Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all, to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

The Equality Act 2010 can be found in full at the following link:



Equality in bowls in Scotland


Bowls provides an opportunity to bring people together through sport as it is inclusive and provides accessibility to all sections of the community. Bowls Scotland will work with our member clubs to ensure:

Everyone who wants to play bowls has the opportunity to participate

Inequalities are identified and addressed

Barriers preventing participation are removed

Clubs are aware of the legal requirements for Equality

Templates are provided for clubs to create their own Equality Policies and action plans.

Bowls Scotland has produced the following guidance document for our clubs to help them understand the implications of the Act. To access the guidance please click here.

 The above guidance document is also supported by an information sheet on Equality and Unification which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Equality and Unification



Equality is becoming a familiar concept in the media, but what exactly does it mean and what is its significance in the context of sport? Why is it relevant to Bowls Scotland and its members? Simply defined, equality is about fairness, including equality of opportunity. It means recognising and respecting cultural and social diversity. Being equitable means treating everyone fairly and according to their needs, which is not always the same thing as treating everybody the same. 

Everyone involved in sport should be concerned with good practice, with fairness and inclusion, and with ensuring that opportunities to participate are fair for all, regardless of who we are, where we come from, what our beliefs or social backgrounds are. Being an equitable organisation is an essential prerequisite for government funding and it underlies Bowls Scotland strategic objectives.


Equality Standard Information

Equality Policy


For any issues regarding Child Protection or Equality, please contact Laura Kerr laurakerr@bowlsscotland.com or via telephone on 07715025736

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