Seven sporting organisations that are committed to tackling inequality have received awards from Sport Northern Ireland.

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, Cricket Ireland, Northern Ireland Sports Forum, Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Branch), Irish Football Association, Ulster Hockey Union, and Disability Sports Northern Ireland have all achieved foundation level in The Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport (the Standard).

The Standard, which was launched by all UK sports Councils and UK Sport in November 2004, is a UK-wide framework which assists sports organisations in widening access and reducing inequalities in sport and physical activity from under represented individuals, groups and communities.

Since 2009, the Equality Standard has been redeveloped to ensure it reflects the new Equality Act 2010 legislation (jurisdiction in Wales, Scotland and England) and all Northern Ireland relevant statutes including Section 75.

Reflecting on the achievement of the six sporting organisations, the Chair of Sport Northern Ireland Brian Henning commented: “The Equality Standard provides our local sporting organisations with the adequate support to open sport up to all sections of the community. I am delighted that these organisations have engaged with equality, both within their internal structure and process, and in the form of developing actions and initiatives which encourage participation in sport by everyone.”

For further information please visit the Equality in Sport website or contact Edel Cosgrove on 028 9038 3882.