1. Introduction

The Northern Ireland Pool Association (NIPA) is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the sport of pool and ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all participants.

2. Policy Statement

NIPA aims to provide equal opportunities for all members, players, officials, and volunteers, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or belief. We are dedicated to eliminating discrimination and promoting diversity in all our activities.

3. Objectives

- Promote Equality: Ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect at all times.
- Discrimination: Take steps to prevent and address any form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying within the association.
- Inclusive Environment: Foster an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and able to participate fully in the sport.

4. Responsibilities

- NIPA Committee: Ensure that the principles of this policy are integrated into all aspects of the association’s activities and decision-making processes.
- Members and Participants: Abide by this policy and support NIPA in promoting equality and diversity.

5. Implementation

- Awareness: Provide information and resources to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues.
- Monitoring and Review: Regularly monitor and review practices and procedures to ensure they are free from bias and discrimination.
- Complaints and Grievances: Address any complaints or grievances related to equality and diversity promptly and effectively through our established grievance/complaints procedure.

6. Review

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains effective and aligned with best practices and legal requirements.