East Kilbride Football Club (EKFC) 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.
EKFC 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.
EKFC will ensure that all available talents and skills are considered when playing, coaching, supporting and employment opportunities arise. As such EKFC 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 EKFC complies with the Equality Act 2010 and to ensure that disabled people falling within the definition of the Act are treated equally and fairly.
In line with the Equality Act 2010, in this policy:
Club Policy covering Part III (The provision of goods, services and facilities) of the Equality Act
When considering persons for employment EKFC will not discriminate against a disabled person:
The Sunday Club has been running since April 2012 and runs every Sunday morning from 10.30 am until 11.30 am. 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. 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, some children still come along to our Sunday sessions.
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. As of date of report, formal building permission granted and start on site delayed due to Covid 19 pandemic. The new stadium contains a multi-use area, which will be used to provide provision for the Sunday Club, but also other community-based organisations involved in support for disabled groups and persons.
31 August 2020
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