The UK population of Ethnically Diverse Communities in the UK is 14%; but there are only 7.9% Ethnically Diverse Communities board members across the whole sporting sector. This low number of decision-makers from Ethnically Diverse Communities backgrounds ultimately affects all of sport, for instance, the workforce in sport is at 7%coaching 5% and lowest inactivity levels come from Black and Asian (excluding Chinese) communities. 

Some of these communities are rarely seen in elite-talent such as British Asians, who make up nearly 4 million people in the UK but only 7 British Asians out of 630 athletes represented Team GB in Rio Olympics and Paralympics. Sport Recreation Alliance found in 2018 that 40% of Ethnically Diverse Communities had a negative customer experience in leisure centres compared to 14% of white British Communities.  Sporting Equals have led in research and development of pilot programmes to change the low levels of Ethnic Diverse Community participation across sport and physical activity.  

In 2018 and after several years in the making, Sporting Equals pioneered the first-ever Ethnically Diverse Board leadership programme in partnership with the University of Leicester called the LeaderBoard Academy.

This Academy is designed to equip Ethnically Diverse Community professionals and former athletes with the skills they need to be effective on a board and also influence equality, diversity and inclusion (particularly Ethnically Diverse Community inclusion) in the boardrooms of sport. Key contributors include Nigel Walker - National Director English Institute of Sport, Wasim Khan - CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board, Christine Ohuruogu MBE, Paul Elliott CBE, Denise Lewis OBE and Brendon Batson OBE.  

The LeaderBoard Academy has already shown its potential with over a third of graduates already taking up Board positions. We look forward to continuing to shape and change the sports industry through this initiative. 

If you would like to be considered for November 2022 LeaderBoard Academy or you would like to support the LeaderBoard Academy then please contact: info@sportingequals.org.uk, or call us on 0121 777 1375.