"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."
Sporting Equals Research Study
Inactivity Among Black Muslim Communities
NEW VACANCY - POLICY & ENGAGEMENT ADVISOR
Sporting Equals are looking for an experienced Policy and Engagement Advisor to support our work influencing the sport and physical activity sector to increase opportunities for BAME communities to get involved in sport at their chosen level.
Baroness Young criticises lack of BAME representation on new Women's Super League board
Sports governing bodies in England are getting away with "paying lip service to diversity, according to a crossbench peer who has criticised a new Womens Super League (WSL) board for its lack of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation.
LEADERBOARD ACADEMY 2019/20
Following the success of our first LeaderBoard Academy, applications are now welcome for our second Academy, in partnership with University of Leicester.
The Breaking Boundaries Great Get Together
This year Breaking Boundaries, funded Spirit of 2012, the Olympic legacy charity, is partnering with the Jo Cox Foundation to celebrate the Great Get Together from 21st - 23rd June
The LTA has become the first national governing body to sign the new Sporting Equals Charter, which aims to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.