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 14 April:
- Facilities for disabled fans at many stadiums are woefully inadequate and Minister says must improve
News items from the sports sector:
Sport Wales (14 April 2014)
100 Days to go until Glasgow 2014: Sport Wales to invest £3m to help level playing field
With 100 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, Sport Wales has today (14th April) revealed it is investing £3m to tackle inequalities within sport.
£1.5m of National Lottery funding will be made available to projects that can generate positive action to encourage more young women and girls to play sport.
A further £1.5m will be dedicated to projects encouraging more people with disabilities and more children from deprived communities and from BME backgrounds to participate more regularly......
Now, the call is being put out for new bold and forward thinking ideas that can have a positive impact on the sporting landscape, with outline proposals needing to be submitted by June 20th 2014.
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European Commission – Sport (20 March 2014)
Gender Equality in Sport - Experts' proposal supports new strategic actions
A group of experts has just adopted an ambitious and innovative report in the field of gender equality and sport. The proposals made, draw on the conclusions of the EU Conference on Gender Equality in Sport of December 2013. They address all stakeholders in the field of sport as well as national governments and the European Commission.
The experts proposed measures relating to management, training, prevention of violence and the media, including:
- Changing recruitment policies for new posts in boards and staff, including coaching staff.
- Establishing apprenticeships and trainee positions in executive boards, management and selection teams for young female managers and coaches.
- Implementing modules in training courses for coaches and sport administrators.
- Setting up preventive programmes against gender-based violence in sport.
- Developing guidelines on how sport organisations can operate with the media to increase and improve media coverage of (mixed) major sport events.
Commissioner Vassiliou welcomed the 'Proposal for Strategic Actions 2014-2020 ': "It is in the interest of all parties concerned to support gender equality in sport. Gender equality is important not only for women but also for the world of sport: equality brings quality"..............
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More recent headlines:
British Cycling women's strategy is 'transforming the culture of the sport'
EFDS - New communications guide enables providers to reach a wider audience
Irish Football Association launches Girls’ & Women’s Football Plan
sports coach UK - New research on addressing the under-representation of BME groups in coaching
British Cycling appoints two new [women] board members
England and Wales Cricket Board commissions research into the experiences, motivations and ambitions of South Asian British-based cricket players and coaches
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:
Access for all: inclusive communications. Reaching more people in sport and physical activity through inclusive and accessible communications. English Federation of Disability Sports, April 2014 (23 pages)
A guide to inclusive communications, written in partnership with Big Voice Communications, it supports providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.
It aims to address the main communication barriers that many people experience in sport and physical activity, which also stop disabled people from accessing some opportunities. As well as providing essential better practice guidance on planning, terminology and language, it explains the purpose of accessible formats and shows how providers can get the best from their communications.
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Irish Football Association Girls’ & Women’s Football Plan 2014 - 2018. Irish Football Association, April 2014 (36 pages)
The player will be at the heart of this plan, which requires a ‘joined-up’ approach among all the stakeholders, which will have an impact upon her development and seeks to ensure that an unbroken player pathway is available so that she can realise her aspirations to the full.
It has been developed following widespread consultation and will be driven by the Women’s Unit of the Football Development Department of the Irish Football Association (IFA) and in collaboration with all organisations involved in women’s football.
The plan folds into the wider IFA perspective of pursuing wider participation and competitive success in football, as well as utilising the sport to achieve broader social goals.
The vision is: ‘To develop, foster and promote girls’ and women’s football in Northern Ireland’.
Six objectives have been identified to realise this aim and each of these will be translated into concrete key performance indicators across all the operational areas.
The plan also includes arrangements for governance, monitoring and review. It is a ‘living’ document and will evolve as it is put into effect.
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Sporting experiences and coaching aspirations among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups: A report for sports coach UK. Leeds Metropolitan University – published by sports coach UK, March 2014 (46 pages)
The main body of the report focuses on interviews with BME coaches and covers:
- Their sporting experiences
- The transition into coaching
- Coach development and education
- Progression into higher levels of coaching.
The report also provides a perspective from the four NGBs whose experience could be useful for other sports. It sets out recommendations on how the under-representation can be addressed in the future.
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Gender Equality in Sport: Proposals for strategic actions 2014 – 2020. Approved by the Group of Experts 'Gender Equality in Sport' at its meeting in Brussels on 18 February 2014. European Commission, March 2014 (43 pages)
The Commissioners call for more actions and further cooperation is based on the persisting gaps at all levels between women and men in sport and the lack of implementation of concrete measures. The Euro barometer on Sport and Physical Activity 2014 highlighted that the participation of girls and women in Europe in general is still not at the same levels of participation as boys and men. In addition, research has shown that the number of women in leadership positions in sport governing bodies in Europe is still very low (average of 10%) with exceptions in some EU Member States and at local level. Despite some positive action substantial changes through legislation and policies have rarely taken place, with the exception of the Nordic countries, UK and France and in federations such as the International Triathlon Union. Furthermore, employed female coaches are in the minority of the coaches in Europe and often earn less per month on average than their male colleagues with differences of up to 1000 Euros reported for the same type of job.
This document sets out the agreed actions to address these and other issues.
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All initiative
- Sallie Barker, Sport and Recreation Alliance - Working for change and gender equality in sport
- 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.