Understanding Equality and Diversity

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Understanding Equality and Diversity

Forming effective relationships with clients and participants is an important factor in promoting exercise adherence. The client needs to gain trust in the instructor and feel supported during their sessions.

This section looks at how we form effective relationships with clients and participants and what factors need to be considered.

  • Equality: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities
  • Diversity: The state of being diverse


Equality refers to the state of being equal, where individuals, groups, or entities are treated fairly and without discrimination, regardless of differences in characteristics such as race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, or abilities. It encompasses both social and legal dimensions, aiming to ensure that all individuals have the same rights, opportunities, and access to resources.

Key aspects of equality include:

  1. Equal Rights: Ensuring that all individuals have the same legal rights and protections, regardless of their background or characteristics. This includes rights such as freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and equal protection under the law.
  2. Equal Opportunities: Providing everyone with the same opportunities to succeed and reach their full potential, irrespective of factors like race, gender, or socioeconomic status. This entails eliminating barriers to education, employment, healthcare, and other resources.
  3. Equal Treatment: Ensuring that individuals are treated fairly and impartially in all aspects of life, including in interactions with institutions such as government, law enforcement, healthcare, and education.
  4. Social Justice: Addressing systemic inequalities and injustices in society to create a more equitable distribution of resources, opportunities, and power. This involves recognising and challenging discrimination and biases that perpetuate unequal outcomes.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion to celebrate differences and foster a sense of belonging for all individuals, regardless of their background or identity.

Achieving equality often requires proactive efforts to identify and dismantle systemic barriers and discrimination, as well as promoting policies and practices that promote fairness and inclusivity. It is an ongoing process that involves collaboration and advocacy from individuals, communities, organisations, and governments to create a more just and equitable society.


Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value the differences in individuals and groups, and ensure that they are treated equally and not discriminated against. Diversity could be a whole host of things, these are just a few examples:

  • Political preferences
  • Hair Colour
  • Taste in music
  • Hobbies
  • Dress sense
  • Favourite sports teams
  • Social class
  • Where someone lives.

Regardless of all of these, and many more: every individual should be given equality of opportunity and not looked upon unfavourably or be disadvantaged.

Procedures for reasonable adjustments and special considerations

Fitness professionals should be committed to equality of opportunity and encourage all employers and colleagues to make reasonable adjustments where possible for the benefit of participants.

Instructors should provide reasonable support for participants with disabilities or learning difficulties. Instructors should be aware of any racist, sexist, religious, homophobic or ageist behaviour, asl well as any other forms of discrimination.

It is vitally important to value equality and diversity when working with clients/participants. Each individual should be given the same opportunity to achieve their goals, be treated fairly and their differences respected.

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