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...
Contact Jenny to find out more about subscribing to SPAL
(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 23 February:
- Racism linked to football support is once again in the headlines
- LGBT History Month
- Football v Homophobia Month - support from grassroots level to elite level
News items from the sports sector:
English Federation of Disability Sport (25 February 2015)
New Charter to get many more disabled people active unveiled at Parliament
Last night (24 February 2015) the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) unveiled the Charter for Change at the Houses of Parliament. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Gerry Sutcliffe MP echoed calls for more organisations to commit their support and make the changes needed to ensure many more disabled people can reap the benefits of being active for life................
The Charter for Change is a result of EFDS and its partners’ rising concern over the low participation rates and the increased gap between disabled people's and non-disabled people’s activity.............
View the full news item
View the 6-page Charter
Sport England (12 January 2015)
7.5m watch launch of ‘This Girl Can’
Our This Girl Can campaign to get more women and girls active – whatever their age, shape or ability - has launched to a clamorous reception on social media.
The campaign is the first of its kind to feature women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise. It seeks to tell the real story of women who exercise and play sport by using images that are the complete opposite of the idealised and stylised images of women we're used to watching.
The campaign doesn’t hold back in trying to encourage women to beat their barriers. "Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox" and "I kick balls, deal with it" are among the hard-hitting lines used.
This Girl Can will use primetime TV ads, billboards and cinema and shopping centre screens to put images of real women exercising on the national stage and use social media to start a debate about attitudes to female sport............
View the full news item
More recent headlines:
EFDS - Inviting disabled people to back EFDS's Charter and join in #MyActivityAsk
SkillsActive - Promoting Physical Activity in an Ageing Population
British Blind Sport announces First Steps initiative for visually impaired children
Youth Sport Trust - Over half of disabled people believe a “sense of belonging” can be developed through volunteering
British Blind Sport - Launching our Visually Impaired Friendly Athletics Resource for coaches, teachers and parents
Youth Sport Trust - DfE announce funding extension for Project Ability
British Cycling's Breeze Network joins up with Halfords to get women on bikes
ASA launches national dementia friendly swimming project
England Netball - ENjoy, ENsure, ENtrust - New Policy and resources launch
Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards - event on 14 May
StreetGames National Conference 2015 - Generation Z: what today’s teenagers want from life and from Doorstep Sport - 17 - 18 March
National Autistic Society - Autism training for sport and physical activity professionals - new in January 2015 (more information on the training page and feature article in E-FoS edition 118)
Kick It Out - Fifth National Raise Your Game Conference - 28 April
Inspiring Women Campaign - Inspiring women in sport – 23 - 27 February
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:
Visually Impaired Friendly Athletics: A Guide for Supporting Visually Impaired Adults and Children in Athletics. British Blind Sport and England Athletics, February 2015 (19 pages)
This resource has been created with the specific purpose to assist anyone who is delivering athletics activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment. This resource is all about helping mainstream athletics providers to be VI friendly through their provision of training, resources and support.
Download a copy
Overcoming Barriers to Visually Impaired Participation: A 2014 research study exploring how blind and partially sighted people overcome the barriers to participation and enjoy a lifetime of sport. British Blind Sport, January 2015 (32 pages)
• To identify the barriers to sporting participation for visually impaired people.
• To understand how visually impaired people have successfully overcame the barriers to participating in sport.
• To gain an understanding of the past sporting experiences of visually impaired people and how it affects their views on sport.
• To understand the motivations of visually impaired people for taking up sport.
Download a copy
*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- Scottish Disability Sport updates: Scottish Female Swimming Development Camp & Scottish Visual Impairment Sport Group
- Articles of interest you might not have seen
- 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.