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 18 August:
- England Women’s team win Rugby World Cup 2014
- 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships underway in Swansea
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
More recent headlines:
ECB Disability Cricket teams awarded Sport England TASS
Become a Games Starter: Volunteer at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games
Table Tennis - Men and women to get equal prize money at Grand Prix series
EFDS - LimbPower announced as a National Disability Sports Organisation
University of Bath - New study to help disabled people get more active
Women’s Sport Trust - BT Sport and WST announce partnership
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:
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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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:
- 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.