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 24 February:
- Sol Campbell calls FA 'institutionally racist' after England captaincy snub
- Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia - its our women who bring home the medals
News items from the sports sector:
Hansard, 4 February 2014
Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2014, c163W: Olympic - Games: Russia
Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to promote the rights of LGBT people during the Sochi Olympic Games.
Helen Grant (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Maidstone and The Weald, Conservative)
The Government has been proactive on this area and engaged frequently with the Russian Government during the past year.
The Prime Minister raised concerns about the protection of human rights for LGB&T people with President Putin in a meeting in St Petersburg on 6 September 2013. He made clear the strength of feeling about the Russian law and its impact on LGB&T people.
Ahead of the Sochi winter games, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend Maria Miller, visited Russia last December to meet with both Russian Government Ministers and NGO groups and discussed with them the situation for LGB&T people in Russia and the promotion and protection of human rights.
Over the coming months Stonewall will be developing and working to deliver a programme of activities to Russian human rights defenders to help improve their capacity to support LGB&T people in Russia. Stonewall's work is being made possible through support from the UK Government.
We are clear, and will continue to demonstrate, that the UK Government is committed to protecting human rights, not just in this country but abroad.
Source of information
More recent headlines:
Sandra Deaton has been appointed unopposed as the first female chairman of the English Table Tennis Association
Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014 - tickets now on sale for the event on 29 November
'Women Inspiring Change through Sport' on International Women's Day with Netball London Live! on 8 March
Boccia England - Searching for club delivery partners
Interactive- shortlisted for highly prestigious BT Sport Industry Award
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:
Inclusive Athletics Guidance: A resource to help athletics providers increase participation by disabled people. England Athletics, February 2014 (4 pages)
This guidance aims to support athletics clubs, athletics networks, Run England groups and AthleFIT providers to engage with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations in their community to increase participation by disabled people as participants, coaches, officials and volunteers and to support them effectively in their club or group.
Download a copy
Homophobic Bullying in Youth Sport. CPSU Briefing. Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC, revised edition February 2014 (5 pages)
Sports clubs, governing bodies and activity providers should take steps to prevent bullying behaviour wherever possible, and to respond to incidents when they occur. A preventative approach to bullying means that organisations safeguard the welfare of their members. It also means that sport is playing its part to create an environment and society in which people treat each other with respect. Sports clubs and activity providers may already have general anti-bullying strategies in place. Preventing and responding to homophobic bullying should be part of these existing strategies.
This briefing provides a definition of homophobic bullying, statistics and recommendations for how to prevent and respond to incidents.
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Deaf Friendly Athletics Resource. Written with the support of the National Deaf Children’s Society. England Athletics, January 2014 (29 pages)
Deaf people face multiple barriers to participate and to achieve. Many of these barriers an athletic club / coach or leader may have never considered, and may, with just a little bit of thought, be able to either remove or support the deaf person to overcome. This document provides the information and guidance to break down the barriers.
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Providing Communication Support. England Athletics, January 2014 (5 pages)
Some deaf and disabled people will require communication support to enable them to take part in athletics. By considering what support might be required athletics clubs, Run England groups and AthleFIT sessions can think ahead to create a more positive experience for deaf and disabled participants and ultimately encourage more disabled people to take part in athletics.
The type and level of support required will vary between individuals and between events. For example the support required by one individual during a training session may be different to that needed for a workshop and it is important to remember that it will be different for each person.
This guidance provides some information about the types of communication support that might be required and where to find them. Remember the only way to find out what type and level of support is required is to ask.
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- No limits sports club – University of Gloucestershire
- European Fitness Inclusion Training for Work: E-FIT-W
- Disability Sport Wales’ insport 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.