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 25 November:
- SPOTY 2013 - Shortlist of 10 includes two females, one of which is a Paralympian
- Culture, Media and Sport Committee Women and Sport : Oral evidence from 12 November available
News items from the sports sector:
English Federation of Disability Sport (3 December 2013)
EFDS’s guide helps sport to open more doors for disabled people
A guide to improve access for disabled people in sports clubs has been revealed on International Day of Disabled People. “Access for All: Opening Doors” aims to break down one of the main barriers for people with a range of impairments- venue accessibility. The English Federation of Disability Sport and access experts Jean Hewitt Consulting Ltd hope the user-friendly guide ensures more disabled people can enjoy being active in more places.
Tuesday 3 December is International Day of Disabled People. This is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of disabled people and encourage support. The theme this year is: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”. In timely recognition, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is releasing their newest guide to support sports clubs to improve physical access for disabled people......
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English Federation of Disability Sport (26 November 2013)
EFDS and CSPN help to build links between sport and disability networks
A new guide to link local sport provision with the wider disability networks has been released today. The English Federation of Disability Sport has produced the Engagement Guide in partnership to support County Sports Partnerships and other local sports providers, so they can build relationships in the disability sector and get more disabled people active together.
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) created the guide in partnership with County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN). Supported by Sport England, the partners want County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) to strengthen their local engagement with disabled people and boost grassroots opportunities, which in turn increases participation. The guide enables organisations to improve their reach as well as provide examples of successful good practice...
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More recent headlines:
England Athletics - Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all
FA joins forces with key bodies to provide coaching sessions for 14-25-year-olds girls and women
EFDS reports - World and European short course records fall in Sheffield
Charity to raise profile of women in sport –Scottish Women in Sport is launched in Glasgow with the support of Judy Murray and Katherine Grainger
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.
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Latest reports, strategies , guidance, etc added:
EFDS Report of the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Sports Club Survey 2013: A baseline understanding of the provision for disabled people among UK sports clubs. English Federation of Disability Sport, dated November 2013, released December 2013 (20 pages)
This report on the recent Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Sports Club Survey 2013 has been produced by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). The findings provide more details on what is currently available to disabled people through the club setting, as well as support to the sector to understand the gaps in participation.
This report will help to give a baseline understanding of the current club provision. The findings will then be used to compare with those, when the next Sports Club Survey is completed in 2015, to identify changes as well as improvements.
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Access for all: Opening doors. A guide to support your sports club to improve physical access for disabled people. English Federation of Disability Sport, December 2013 (48 pages)
This guide is aimed at anybody involved in running or working in a sports club. You could be a volunteer, a coach, a club member or supporter. It is not a detailed technical guide, but intended as a starting point. The resource will take you through the main areas of physical access and signpost you to sources of further information and support. An accessible and inclusive sports club sometimes requires a few physical adjustments to buildings but more than anything it needs some forward planning and continuing commitment.
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Engaging disabled people in sport and physical activity: A guide for county sports partnerships to support their engagement with disabled people. English Federation of Disability Sport, November 2013 (21 pages)
This guide has been developed by the EFDS in partnership with the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) to support County Sports Partnership (CSP) employees to strengthen public sector engagement with disabled people. It provides both a guide for organisations to improve the engagement process as well as demonstrate examples of good practice from which lessons can be learned or replicated.
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Keeping the flame alive: the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. House of Lords Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, 18 November 2013 (113 pages)
The Committee’s task was not to examine the Games themselves, but whether they will have an enduring sporting and regeneration legacy. The evidence we took suggested that legacy played a bigger part in the planning of the 2012 Games than in previous Games, and this in itself deserves credit.
The London 2012 legacy promised nothing less than a healthier and more successful sporting nation, open for business, with more active, sustainable, fair and inclusive communities. These laudable aims, supported across the political spectrum, attracted significant public and private investment. This report considers whether the promised legacy will be delivered.
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Social and economic inequalities in diet and physical activity. Public Health England November 2013 (28 pages)
This briefing paper describes social and economic inequalities associated with two of the key determinants of obesity - diet and physical activity. The paper also explores possible explanations for these inequalities.
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*Equality - Focus on Sport - monthly e-news publication
This edition contains features on:
- An ‘insight’ article – Rajiv Patel, Golf Development Officer
- StreetGames/Us Girls – Learning from US Girls Rocks
- Anita White Foundation event - Sport: can it really change women’s lives?
- InstructAbility – making gyms welcoming to everyone
- BUCS – a report on the Inaugural Disability Sport Development Day
- BADMINTON England invests in local disability sport development
- British Wheelchair Basketball – a sport for disabled and non-disabled people
- A small 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.