Welcome to Equality - Focus on Sport a 'shop window' full of information and news to support people working to deliver sport that is open and welcoming to everyone.
This new website will support and complement the monthly Equality - Focus on Sport Newsletter (previously known as the Equality in Sport News for the editions 1- 99, renamed from the 100th edition).
The website and newsletter welcome *input from people working in sport - we want you to share what you are doing to further develop equality delivery in sport.
Here you will find: news of developments to achieve equality in sport, general information on equality, resources, events, details of training, etc.
(Note: Inclusion will be at the discretion of the editor - you will be informed of any decision)
Latest additions and latest news:
What's topical - week beginning 13 October:
- National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 - 11 - 18 October
- Thrilling end to the women’s football season – WSL featured well in the media
- Fare Network Football People Weeks 9 - 23 October
- Accusations of bullying at the top level of sport in the country
News items from the sports sector:
Mind (19 October 2014)
£2 million national sport programme to tackle mental health
Plans for England's first large scale programme using sport to improve the lives of 75,000 people experiencing mental health problems were today unveiled by Mind, the mental health charity, and grassroots sports body Sport England.
When the programme is launched next year, people experiencing mental health problems - such as depression and anxiety - will be supported to join mainstream sports clubs go to the gym or take up a new sport.
The ambitious project, which will be run in eight areas across England, will be designed in collaboration with people living with mental health problems and will offer peer support groups, taster sessions and events to help people make sport part of their everyday lives.
Mind will deliver the project after securing £1.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. The charity has raised a further £514,000 towards the project from other sources....
People experiencing mental health problems who live in the eight areas will be able to join the sport and mental health programme through their local Mind. Sports coaches and providers will also be trained to better understand the challenges faced by people with mental health problems.
Mind will launch a national awareness-raising campaign to support the programme. A web-based service for people participating in its sport programme will be provided as part of the charity’s peer support network Elefriends*, an online community for people who are experiencing mental health problems to give, and receive, support from others........
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Sport England (1 October 2014)
Sport England invests a further £2.1 million to get more disabled people playing sport
Sport England has today provided a further boost to disability sport by awarding £2.1 million of National Lottery funding to help increase the number of disabled people playing sport.
Sport England will be directly funding seven national disability sports organisations (NDSOs), between October 2014 and 2017, to advise, support and guide other sports bodies as they create opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport. The funding will provide impairment-specific support to National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and deliver engagement programmes.
The seven disability sports organisations to benefit from the investment are:
- British Blind Sport
- Cerebral Palsy Sport
- Dwarf Sport Association UK
- English Learning Disability Sports Alliance
- UK Deaf Sport
The investment over three years will work to strengthen the delivery of sport for disabled people, engagement and partnership creation with the purpose of educating and supporting specific groups, and working with NGBs and other organisations.
In addition, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has been awarded a further one year investment of £204,153 of National Lottery funding to provide support in both marketing and communications and research and insight................
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More recent headlines:
England Golf - New drive to inspire women and girl golfers
ASA helps develop resource for teaching visually impaired swimmers
Sport and Recreation Alliance reports - female executives say participation in sport accelerates their leadership potential
Inaugural Asian Cricket Awards 2014 - the winners
WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport - Nineteenth Stoke Mandeville Junior Sports Camp supported by LimbPower and CP Sport on 8 November
Free Para Athletics Introduction Days for aspiring disabled athletes from British Athletics
British Cycling launches hub in Manchester makes cycling more inclusive
England Golf - Breaking down golfing barriers
IOC add anti-discrimation clause for host cities after Sochi 2014 gay rights row
British Gymnastics - I'M IN Disability Programme has now been running for a year
Kick It Out - Women’s Raise Your Game Conference - 28 October
View the details of the above and other news items on our 'News' page - some are from the protected groups news pages
What's new on the site?
Training and courses page - here you will find information on general equality courses and toolkits and also training tailored for the sports sector.
We want to add more information to this page - please tell us about the training and support tools you have developed.
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Latest reports, strategies , guidance, etc added:
This is England Women’s Rugby: A plan to get 100,000 females involved in rugby. Rugby Football Union, September 2014 (21 pages)
The strategy focuses on the needs of the grassroots game, covering four main areas:
• Ensuring a warm and welcoming club environment
• Providing local options for every need
• Ensuring that the player pathway is clear and connected
• Ensuring that rugby is a real option for females when considering their sporting and fitness options.
Performance Matters: mental health in elite sport. MIND, August 2014 (8 pages)
The report is fronted by Mind’s new celebrity ambassador Clarke Carlisle and calls on professional sports clubs, governing bodies and community organisations to forge closer working relationships as part of a pan-sport mental health network.
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Active together: Evidence-based report on how to provide sport or physical activity opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to take part together. English Federation of Disability Sport, July 2014 (40 pages)
- Pulls together the findings from research – Disabled people’s lifestyle, etc
- Highlights the benefits for the provider and participant in offering inclusive opportunities
- Identifies the potential challenges that people may face
- Offers possible solutions to help overcome the challenges
- Offers advice about how to improve the chances of success
Women and Sport: First Report of Session 2014–15. House of Commons, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 24 July 2014 (55 pages)
Although the reasons for participating in sport apply equally to men and women, there remain stark differences between men’s sport and women’s sport. At the elite level, women’s sport gains much less sponsorship and media coverage, and prize money is lower; at the grassroots level, participation by women is significantly lower than by men.
We therefore decided to launch an inquiry into the barriers to women’s participation in sport and how to overcome these. In particular, we focused on:
• The availability of facilities for training and playing sport, for both girls and women, at elite and grassroots levels;
• finance, including sponsorship and prize money;
• media coverage of women’s sport; and
• the variety of sports on offer to girls at school.
We later added to this the importance of female role models, as elite sportswomen, coaches and managers.
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- LimbPower – new status as a National Disability Sports Organisation
- Football and inclusivity - Dr Dan Parnell
- Games Starters volunteering opportunity at the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association’s World Games in 2015
- Sporting Equals - Boxing in Mosques
- A selection of recent information
- A brief look at some local work
- Calendar of forthcoming events
* The monthly e-news publication was given a new name from the 100th edition in line with this complementary website.