Around your club, you might well see or hear:
Being on the receiving end of these dismissive attitudes, our sense of worth and confidence takes a hit, and it can be hard to bounce back.
If it happens to one person, chances are it will to others, affecting not only one person’s feelings but the entire cohesion of your club.
Not only do people suffer by being excluded, the club misses opportunities to realise and benefit from, their incredible potential.
Lazy assumptions about age, experience and capacity are replaced by a culture that values and embraces the potential of all comers.
Everyone works respectfully with others in and around the club.
Ageism is called out swiftly and dealt with constructively; sanctions are enforced and equally applied to all.
First, check yourself.
Be prepared to subject your own attitudes, behaviours and language to scrutiny, regarding people younger or older than yourself.
Have you ever thought that a person might be too old to do something or too young to know?
Be alert to the attitudes, language and behaviours of those around you, such as when a club committee is dismissive of potential new committee members as too young for the role assuming they have no relevant experience.
It can be difficult and sometimes dangerous to call these things out. This is why people sometimes choose to turn a blind eye and remain uneasily silent.
But age discrimination, in and around your club, with its negative impacts, will continue unless it is called out by you and others.
Club Respect has created SMART steps to help you.