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 15 September:
- Invictus Games - heralded as a resounding success
- Addressing the UEFA Respect Diversity Conference in Rome, UEFA President Michel Platini spoke of the responsibility of the football community to promote diversity and eradicate discrimination
News items from the sports sector:
Department for Work and Pensions (4 September 2014)
Accessible Britain Challenge
The Accessible Britain Challenge encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.
The UK’s 12.2 million disabled people make a positive contribution to employment and local economies. The Accessible Britain Challenge wants to share great examples of this so others can learn from them.
Who it’s for
The Accessible Britain Challenge is for members of the community, e.g.:
- local businesses
- local councils
- voluntary and community groups
- disabled people’s groups
View more details
EFDS reports (5 September 2104)
EFDS guide included in The Accessible Britain Challenge
On 4 September, the Accessible Britain Challenge was launched by Mark Harper, Minister of State for Disabled People. Through ongoing resources and initiatives, the Office for Disability Issues' (ODI) vision is for communities to become more inclusive and accessible by engaging and working with disabled people. The Accessible Britain Challenge aims to break down many barriers so disabled people can be full and active contributors in the community.......
The English Federation of Disability Sport was keen to share some of the national charity's work and the Inclusive Communications Guide is among the better practice examples to support others. You can find it in this section of The Challenge.............
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More recent headlines:
Equality and Human Rights Commission - Commission teams up with Premiership Rugby to increase participation in the sport
2015 IBSA Blind Football European Championships awarded to RNC, Hereford
Stonewall - Demand for Rainbow Laces passes 100,000
Event - Women Play Sport Conference - 25 - 26 September, St George's Park
University of Stirling’s Student Union - Women in Sport 2014 Conference 8 October
The FA, English Colleges FA and British University and Colleges Sport - Women’s Football Week 2014, 6 – 12 October 2014
RFU plans to introduce rugby to 100,000 women and girls
Sport and Recreation Alliance Breakfast event on 15 October - Alliance Directors' Club - Women Climbing the Leaderboard - are you ready to lead sport?
British Wheelchair Basketball - Launch their Play Wheelchair Basketball campaign - #PlayWheelchairBasketball
Tennis Foundation and Metro Blind Sport - Volunteer opportunity at National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships 4 – 5 October 2014, London
Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation Event on 30 October - Transforming Sport: Celebrating Success, Shaping the Future
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.
Take a look at the page
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:
- Shaida Akbar – a ‘Shining Light’ keeping the Olympic and Paralympic legacy alive in her local community in Berkshire
- I’M IN – the National Disability Gymnastics Programme from British Gymnastics
- North Wales health staff to encourage their patients to get active - transforming lives through the power of sport
- Staffordshire Girls Active Project
- 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.