"The new strategy presents a real opportunity to promote inclusion in sport from playing pitches to boardrooms. We welcome the emphasis on government departments working in a more joined-up way as this will be necessary if we are to tackle the barriers that prevent many black and minority ethnic (BME) communities getting involved. "
"We are particularly pleased that the government are keen to improve diversity within the boardrooms in the governing bodies in sport. Sporting Equals's "LeaderBoard" initiative is already exploring ways to do this by working with Sport England, UK Sport and several National Governing Bodies of sport as we feel that this will lead to improved business performance and better informed decision-making when it comes to attracting under-represented groups into sport. Currently BME communities make up only 3% of board positions in NGBs in sport and this needs to improve".
"Our research carried out with some BME communities, such as south Asian women for example, has highlighted to need to provide bespoke sporting offers for this group, and it is great that the new strategy is talking about customer-centric approaches. Sporting Equals has been working with faith centres in cities which have significant BME populations and we have been able to develop sport and physical activity projects that are tailored to local peoples' needs."
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