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Sporting Equals to speak at second successive Doha GOALS Forum

Doha GOALS is the world’s premier platform for world leaders to create initiatives for global progress through sport.

Arun Kang, Sporting Equals CEO will be speaking at the forum, running from 3-5 of November, addressing how to confront racism in sport.

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Sporting Equals and Lord Faulkner
Leaderboard: Diversifying the Face of British Sport

With key speaker:

Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England

including new presentations from:
Sporting Equals Leaderboard report of BME representation on National Governing Bodies of Sport carried out by Sport England

This event is being attended by senior representation including CEOs and Chairs from across the sporting sector including: The FA, England Athletics, British Athletes Commission, RFU, Sport Wales, UK Sport, DCMS, Sport England, British Gymnastics, Table Tennis England, ASA, ECB, LTA, PFA, Williams F1, Youth Sport Trust

Security clearance is needed for this event

Thursday, 20th November 2014
House of Lords

Batson 'we need a Premier League club to champion an English version of the Rooney rule'

Brendon Batson, the Chairman of Sporting Equals and one of the first black professional football players in England, has said we need to learn the lessons from the Rooney rule but find what works for the English Premier and Football League. Batson was responding to previous comments by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, that there was 'hidden racism', which is holding back black managers and the subsequent row which has broken out among Premier League managers over the adoption of the Rooney rule.

Sports Personality: Nominate your 2014 Unsung Hero

Do you know someone who inspires people to get involved in playing sport in their community?
It could be a person who gives up their time to encourage others to take part in sport, or someone who is helping to unearth a champion of the future, or maybe they are the ones who keep a local team or club going.

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been running since 2003, and recognises the remarkable achievements of people throughout the UK.

Find out more here.

Sporting Equals met Adil Rashid before Asian Cricket Awards 2014

Sporting Equals caught up with Adil Rashid, nominated at this year’s Asian Cricket Awards for Professional Player of the Year Award.

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Arun Kang, the Chief Executive of Sporting Equals, has urged Vince Cable MP, the Business Secretary, to publish a league table of black and minority ethnic (BME) board members to name and shame major companies who don't employ any.


18 black managers in Premier and Football League, not 2

Arun Kang, the Chief Executive of Sporting Equals, has said the hidden resistance to black managers in football must be tackled and there should be 18 black managers in the Premier and Football League, not 2. Arun was responding to the comments made by Professional Footballers Association (PFA) boss Gordon Taylor that there was a 'hidden resistance' to hiring black managers.


At the Asian Achievers Awards on Friday Dilawer Singh MBE, Ambassador for Sporting Equals, was awarded Sports Personality of the Year.

Arun Kang, the Chief Executive of Sporting Equals, who attended the awards, said "Dilawer Singh MBE has made a lifetime contribution to sport through his tireless work through the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Sports Association and has raised thousands for charity through his sporting activities. He is a worthy recipient of the Sports Personality of the Year Award. We look forward to working with him in the future to raise the profile of BME participation in sport"


Sporting Equals announce new Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Dilawer Singh MBE has become an ambassador for Sporting Equals. Dilawer is one of the people short listed in the Sports Personality of the Year category at the Asian Achievers Awards which will be announced on Friday at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The other nominees are Neil John Taylor, Paran Singh and Manisha Taylor.


No Guts, No Heart, No Glory

Ambreen Sadiq

My name is Ambreen Sadiq, I am a 20 year old Muslim female boxer currently training to be on the GB team for the 2020 Olympics. I was the first female Muslim boxer in the UK and I don’t want to be the last! I hope my story inspires other women and girls to come forward and be the best they can be. Read more...


Sporting Equals Tackles Premiership Rugby

A new partnership with Premiership Rugby started this month. Sporting Equals delivered Equality and Diversity workshops and training to Premiership Rugby Managers to achieve:

► A better understanding of issues relating to Minority groups to promote participation and inclusion
► To gain some practical tips to attract and engage BME and faith communities into sport

We are carrying out this work to increase participation from disengaged BME communities within the local area of Rugby clubs. Sporting Equals provided insight into BME communities for Rugby clubs to understand the local challenges and work in partnership with Sporting Equals to achieve successful interventions.

For more information contact Sporting Equals.

Engaging the diverse communities of Dundee

Sporting Equals has begun work with Dundee Leisure and Culture Trust to help improve inclusion and delivery of services to local BME groups. We hope to bring together community partners with local sports providers.

The work builds on existing inclusive club projects in addressing equality and diversity. It is also supports the business case for organisations to embrace diversity.

The project will be a three-pronged approach, with the aim to provide:

1. Insight into diverse communties of Dundee
2. Delivering equality training to staff within community sports hubs
3. Facilitating the brokerage and engagement between sports hubs and community partners

We will keep you posted as the project develops...

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory


Shows: Thursday 11th-Sunday 21st September 2014

We are sick of it, being ignored

We are sick of it, being indoors

A site-specific performance event staged in a boxing gym and based on interviews with Muslim female boxers, No Guts, No Heart, No Glory explores being young, fearless and doing the unexpected. With electronic sound, contemporary visual art, choreography and cinematic lighting, Common Wealth creates a powerful experience for the audience that aims to make us feel braver tomorrow.

#GutsHeartGlory @Common_WealthHQ

Sporting Equals Sportszone @ London Mela

Sporting Equals have rounded off the summer festival season with a successful SportZone at London Mela.

The SportZone has been touring the country at various cultural events to encourage ethnic minority communities to participate in sport or take up new activities all together.

Sporting Equals put on wide array of activities from Mini Golf, Tennis inflatables, penalty shootouts, boxing and cricket coaches.

The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival - put on a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts, food and Sport.

We would like to thank all the volunteers and support staff who have made the SportZones a success this year and we hope to have ignited their passion for sport.

Leicester Sports Festival proves a success

Sporting Equals spent the Bank Holiday weekend in Leicester promoting the take up of sport at the annual sports festival and undertaking research with BME people at Leicester Eid Mela to discover their sports habits and how to increase participation.


Sporting Equals SportZone @ Birmingham Eid Mela

On Sunday 17 August Sporting Equals set up its Sports Zone at the Birmingham Eid Mela attended by over 20,000 people. The Sports Zone offered people the opportunity to try a new sport from boxing to tennis and during the day hundreds of people took up the challenge, the youngest being just 14 months old!


We were there to highlight the low BME participation rates in sport, particularly among women aged 35-55. During the day we collected some very useful case studies for our insight work into this including a single mother who couldn't attend sports sessions with her sons because of the lack of female instructors and a woman who through injury has stopped playing sport but wanted advice on how to start again. Many women respondents also highlighted their desire to have more sports available at mosques, a proposal we are addressing through initiatives like the Boxing in Mosques project by England Boxing.


The Sports Zone also hosted a political heavy weight boxing contest between the Birmingham Mayor Shafique Shah and his political opponent Peter Douglas- Osborn. Aston Villa, the only football club present at the Eid Mela, also agreed to blog on how their diversity strategy is helping to engage young Asian players linked to the Football Associations current consultation on the subject.


The Sporting Equals Sport Zone will now be travelling on to Leicester on 25 August and then London on 31 August.

Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement by all communities that are disengaged especially the black and minority ethnic population in sport and physical activity. We are the primary driver and funding channel for national and regional programmes in this field.

We work closely with both the providers of sporting opportunities (national governing bodies, local authorities and agencies, sports organisations) and the users of sporting opportunities (community and faith groups, local clubs, charities and individuals). We also have strong links with NHS agencies and other organisations addressing health inequalities in society.
Sporting Equals is one of five National Partner’s to Age UK and is the delivery organisation for the Faith and Community Strand of the Fit as a Fiddle Cascade Training Programme.
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