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 28 July:
- Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford says he is "talking a lot" about the possibility of a women's professional cycling squad
- Natasha Lambert's Sea and Summit Challenge is well underway - an amazing young sailor who has cerebral palsy
News items from the sports sector:
Culture, Media and Sport Committee (24 July 2014)
Adapting sports to lifestyles of girls and women is key
In a report on women and sport published Friday 25 July, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee expresses concern about the long-term health and social care implications of the low participation rates in sport by women and girls, and urges a more imaginative approach by schools, sports governing bodies and relevant government departments to engaging women in sport.
The Committee is especially concerned that many girls are put off sport by their experience of school games lessons, and it focuses a number of its recommendations on making school sport more appealing to girls.
Almost without exception, whether the comparison is made by ethnic group, income status or age, women and girls are less likely to participate in sport than men. Women’s sport has for too long been seen as an add-on to men’s sport, of less interest to both male and female spectators, and even, among some people, as unfeminine...........
View the full announcement and access the report
Women on Boards (7 July 2014)
Gender Balance in Sport Report - Females second class citizens in sport
A new report into the gender metrics in global sport has found the performance of most organisations below par when it comes to women on their boards.
The Gender Balance in Global Sport Report launched today by UK and Australian business, Women on Boards, reveals that many of the top sports governing bodies have fewer than 20 per cent of board seats held by women.
This includes International Sports Federations (15%) and the National Olympic Committees (16.5%), despite a pre-Sydney Games IOC target that a minimum of 20 per cent of all board members of NOCs must be female by 2005.
Speaking in London today, report author and Executive Director of Women on Boards, Claire Braund, stressed the importance of shining a light on gender metrics in sport.
“Sport is big business and plays a huge role in the economies and culture of many countries. Fewer female voices at the top level in sport will result in female athletes remaining second class citizens in terms of salaries, sponsorship and media coverage.”
"Sport has the power to change the lives of young women – opening up opportunities for leadership and development and transforming gender norms. It is equally important to have female role models in the corporate boxes and the boardrooms as it is to have those who represent their country.”.........
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More recent headlines:
Youth Sport Trust - Disabled kids missing out on sport warns Paralympian Hannah Cockroft
The FA - Asians in Football Consultation Forums taking place across England during August – September 2014
England Athletics - Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop launched
Boccia Development Grants open to applications on 1 August
Rugby Football Union seeking disabled people's views to shape future strategy
IPC releases new Classification Code for consultation
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:
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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One Year On: An evaluation of the first year of Project 500.sports coach UK et al , June 2014 (20 pages)
An evaluation of the first year of this initiative running in the South East to recruit more female coaches or develop existing coaches. As well as reporting on results to date the report shows the impact of a coach development programme on coaches.
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Get started on the right foot: Activating women’s sport in higher education. British Universities and Colleges Sport, Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, July 2014 (26 pages)
A resource for universities looking to specifically develop sporting opportunities for female students.
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Making active lives possible: English Federation of Disability Sport Annual Report 2013-2014. English Federation of Disability Sport, no date – June?, 2014 (pages)
In this Annual Report you will read about the work undertaken in the period to 31 March 2014
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- Pride House Glasgow
- Inspire and Include’ - Age UK helps older disabled people take part in sport
- University of Nottingham Football v Homophobia Annual Tournament
- Out on the Fields – a survey into homophobia in sport in Australia
- 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.