Welcome to Equality - Focus on Sport a *volunteer supported '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 which from January 2015 is produced by a small team of volunteers.
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.
* This website is now updated courtesy of a weekly subscription current awareness service - Sport and Physical Activity Link (SPAL). Each week SPAL covers key output from the sport and physical activity sector in England - key policies impacting on sport, output from main organisations and NGBs, events, publications, etc...
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(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 20 April:
- This BUCS Girl Can Week 20th – 26th of April 2015 - events taking place in universities across the country
News items from the sports sector:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (24 March 2015)
Sports Minister urges sector to keep up momentum on Women in Sport
The Government's Women and Sport Advisory Board has published a Report with Recommendations to maintain progress in Women’s Sport
Minister for Sport Helen Grant today welcomed the publication of a report outlining progress made in women’s involvement in sport over the past 18 months.
The Government’s Women and Sport Advisory Board, has also made a series of recommendations to keep up momentum in the area.
Building on the board’s interim report published in October, the document identifies areas that have improved or need more work, and provides recommendations for further success, to ensure momentum is not lost......
Despite female participation in sport increasing overall since the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there is a 2 million participation gap between the amount of women and men who play sport regularly.
Although the National Lottery-funded £10m This Girl Campaign has been created to inspire women to take part in sport, to help close this gap, the Board recommended the Government and Sport England set specific targets for NGBs to increase women’s participation. In response Minister Helen Grant has asked Sport England to work with NGBs to set specific targets for all sports to increase women’s participation.
Another suggestion in order to boost numbers is to create a Women’s Sport Week in June, with broadcasters signed up championing women’s sport.....
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Department for Culture, Media and Sport (16 March 2015)
Government encourages women to pursue positions on sports’ boards
Government hosts its second high-powered networking event aimed at inspiring businesswomen to join sports’ boards.
More than 120 senior sports administrators and businesswomen gathered at the Tower of London on Wednesday 11 March for an event designed to encourage more women with a corporate background to take up positions on sports’ boards.
The government-hosted event, hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Head of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, was an opportunity for women from organisations including Clifford Chance, Bank of America and Google to meet senior individuals from a wide range of sports organisations to discuss how working together could prove beneficial.......
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More recent headlines:
University of Sunderland - Sport and Discrimination Conference 2015 - 1 May in London
Volleyball England - New Sitting workshop launched
Women’s Sport Trust - Finalists Announced for Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger awards
UK Deaf Sport - ReDEAFining Deaf Sport, UK Deaf Sport National Conference 2015 on 15 May
Government Equalities Office - New research shows seven is heaven for girls and sports
British Blind Sport launches new activity pack for visually impaired children
DCMS - Special Olympics GB race to World Games with £2 million funding
New Youth Sport Trust Ambassador Victoria Pendleton launches first Girls Active Camp
UK Deaf Sport - National Sport and Physical Activity Survey
British Blind Sport- CSP Engagement survey
Athletics and swimming set to feature on National Paralympic Day 2015 – 26 July
Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards - event on 14 May
Kick It Out - Fifth National Raise Your Game Conference - 28 April
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:
Final Report of the Government’s Women and Sport Advisory Board. Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 24 March 2015 (18 pages)
The Board published its interim report on 30 October 2014, to coincide with the Women’s Sport Conference held at Lord’s Cricket Ground. This final report builds on the interim report, and it is recommended that you read both reports together.
The aim of this final report is to present a final overview of the Board’s work and highlight some of the progress that has been made in women’s sport since summer 2013.
The Board has also provided some suggestions for future action around women’s sport, based on their own extensive experience and insights in this area.
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Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Professional Players Federation, March 2015 (2 pages)
We want to use the power of the sport and recreation sector to make our activities welcoming, positive and inclusive for everyone. That's why the Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players Federation and with support from the mental health charity Mind, have created the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.
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The impact coaching has on disabled people's participation in sport: A review of a sports coach UK report focusing on disabled people’s experiences. English Federation of Disability Sport and sports coach UK, dated January 2015, released March 2015 (24 pages)
Using a sports coach UK report from 2014 which looked at the impact coaching has on people's participation in sport, this report focuses specifically on disabled people's experiences and how they compare to non-disabled people.
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- IF Only – Loughborough Inclusive Futures Camp
- Prime Minister recognises Sainsbury's Active Kids Scheme
- SkillsActive Inclusive Fitness
- One Nation Community in Sheffield
- West Yorkshire Creating Connections project
- Scottish Disability Sport Update
- A selection of recent information
- A brief look at some local work
- Calendar of forthcoming events
*This monthly e-news publication is now being produced by a very small group of volunteers; prior to January 2015 it was a funded service. It now relies far more on people coming forward with their information and news to share across the sector in the UK.