Last updated: Tuesday, 11th September 2018
East Kilbride FC is a member of the Scottish Lowland Football League and is recognised as being a Club for which inclusion at all levels is a tangible goal. No more so than in relation to disability. Our Award winning Sunday Club is being used as template by the SFA Disability Group.
In December 2012 the Club was one of the the first in Scotland to achieve the SFA Disability Inclusive Award, followed in February 2013 with the Disability Club Award.
East Kilbride FC fully supports the principle of equal opportunities in all matters including employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. No applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of disability.
East Kilbride FC will ensure that all available talents and skills are considered when playing, coaching, supporting and employment opportunities arise. As such East Kilbride FC is committed to maintaining and managing a diverse base of involvement throughout the Club
This policy is applicable to all staff, contract workers, spectators and guests of the Club on all premises and places of work occupied by the Club. The purpose of this policy it to ensure that East Kilbride FC complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to ensure that disabled people falling within the definition of the Act are treated equally and fairly.
In line with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, in this policy:
Club Policy covering Part III (The provision of goods, services and facilities) of the Disability Discrimination Act
The Club will provide free access to carers of supporters with disabilities The Club will ensure that the scheme does not discriminate between disabled people with differing impairments.
· The Club is committed to making the necessary reasonable adjustments described by the Disability Discrimination Act and its relevant Codes of Practice to ensure full compliance with the legislation.
When considering persons for employment East Kilbride FC will not discriminate against a disabled person:
The Sunday Club has been running since April 2012 and runs every Sunday morning from 10.30am until 11.30am. It caters for children from ages 5 to 16 who have a wide variety of additional support needs. These include autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, duvet syndrome, fragile x and visual impairments. We currently have 23 children on our register. We have 2 coaches who are trained teachers for pupils with additional support needs and we have 4 coaches who have children at the club. We also have a coach who himself has cerebral palsy and plays for the West of Scotland Disability team. The club offers families the chance to, not only give their children the same sporting opportunities as other children, but provides a safe environment and peers for social interaction. We also encourage parents to bring siblings along to participate in sessions so that families can attend together. Some of our siblings who had never played football before have gone on to join our mainstream teams.
Whilst we provide an additional support specific club, we strive for children to achieve as much as they can and when we see that they could be ready to integrate into a mainstream team then we set up an induction programme so that this is properly facilitated at a rate that suits the child. Despite training with a mainstream team, children still come along to our Sunday sessions.
We have organised additional activities for our members. For the third year running we arranged a Christmas Party for the Sunday Club children as well as some of the children that are involved in the school coaching sessions by East Kilbride FC. We invite families and siblings and work with the local community to provide gifts, food and entertainment.
In recognising the need for children at the Sunday club to experience some outdoor activities, we arranged the annual day trip to Loch Fyne for the children where they participated in games and got the opportunity to go on a speed boat and go kayaking. Again, families and siblings came together. We had a barbecue and the families got to spend time in a safe, supervised environment doing fun activities at no cost to themselves.
Throughout all of this we have had superb support from the SFA.
In May 2016 East Kilbride Community Trust achieved Outline Planning Permission from South Lanarkshire Council to build EK Community Stadium, which will contain facilities where the Sunday Club will be based. This is further evidence of the continuous promotion of Club Policy. Work on site is planned to start before the end of 2018.
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