Sporting Equals and Bishop, Lloyd & Jackson Solicitors Race Discrimination Support Service Announcement

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Sporting Equals and Bishop, Lloyd & Jackson Solicitors are proud to announce their intention to establish and launch the Sporting Equals Race Discrimination Support Service. Both organisations have a long-standing history of supporting ethnically diverse communities to combat instances of direct and institutional racism separately but moving forward the two will be launching a working partnership to ensure greater justice is delivered to those suffering instances of racism in sport and physical activity where permissible through legal pathways.

Azeem Rafiq's experience with Yorkshire County Cricket Club is not an isolated incident and this is evidenced by the huge surge in reports of racism within the UK sport and physical activity sector which has been widely reported in the media. Sporting Equals and Bishop, Lloyd & Jackson Solicitors are planning to establish a support service that will seek to ensure that accountability through legal proceedings is made more widely available to those impacted by racism in sport.

The support service will allow for the reporting of specific racist incidents in a safe, secure and confidential manner. Sporting Equals will seek to refer incidents of racism to Bishop, Lloyd & Jackson Solicitors who will then assess pathways to attempt to resolve these issues where there is feasibility to do so. Legal pathways that Bishop, Lloyd & Jackson are able to explore and support include goods and services, employment and a mediation service.

We support ethnically diverse communities in sport and to hold the sector accountable for inexcusable treatment, behaviours, practices, policies that are directly or institutionally racist. It is important now more than ever that as a trusted community organisation, we use our skillsets, platforms and abilities to deliver realistic resolves to ensure that race equality in sport is achieved.