A Successful 2014 Sporting Equals Conference
Getting more people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities into sport and physical activity. Photos and commentary now available. For full details click here
Don't Miss Out! - Free Training and Support for Organisations working with Black and Minority Ethnic Older People
In partnership with Age UK Sporting Equals are offering free training and support for organisations working with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people. The training will capacity build organisations to enable them to train volunteers to work with BME older people to lead healthier and more active lifestyles. This is a limited offer and will only be available for a limited time on a first come/ first serve basis. For further details, click here.
Thousands flock to Sporting Equals SportZones at Chinese New Year festivals in Manchester, Leeds and London
The atmosphere at our SportZones on Sunday was electric as a surprisingly diverse mix of people, in their thousands, showed up to find out more about sports. Fun was had by all and our visitors included Anand Patel, the gymnast representing the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games. The SportZones - run in partnership with NGBs (present on Sunday were Amateur Swimming Association, English Table Tennis Association, Amateur Boxing Association and Football Association) and funded by Sport England - are designed to break down barriers by allowing people to try out sports for free in a fun and safe environment, to provide information and help people to access sport locally. Visitors enhanced our insight by detailing their perceived barriers to sport.
To see highlights of the Sports Zone and further information on the barriers to sport, click here.
SportZone Prize Draw Winners!
Congratulations to our prize draw winners selected at random from our SportZone stalls last summer! The lucky winners of brand new iPod shuffles are Rupa Aldoncar, Rihaan Vasi and Satnam Singh.
For your chance to be entered into the SportZone prize draw come along to one of our stalls this Sunday 2nd February! The SportZone will be featured at Chinese New Year events in Leeds, Manchester and London. Come along, try out some sports, and find out about activities near you. For more information, drop us a line.
Five Blind Footballers Walk the Albion Way
Sporting Equals’s partner organisation The Albion Foundation is next week hosting the ‘Walk the Albion Way’ challenge: five blind footballers are to embark on a challenge of a lifetime, in a bid to raise money for The Albion Foundation.
Simon Hill, 28, Muhammad Ibraheem Iqbal, 15, Ian McNamara, 30, Shammi Ral, 18, and Darren Harris, 40, will be walking 86 miles from Anfield to the Hawthorns, with the challenge culminating in the walkers arriving in time for kick off at the WBA v Liverpool match on Sunday 2nd February 2014.
With the support of their guides, the B1 Blind Team players with the aim of raising £10,000 to help the charity continue to support them and the other ten disability teams within The Albion Foundation.
The Albion Foundation support more than 520 disabled people every week, with the aim of raising aspirations and helping everyone they work with to achieve lifelong goals.
For more information on the challenge visit www.walkthealbionway.co.uk . To donate to the challenge you can text WTAW14 to 70070 to donate £5 or visit http://www.justgiving.com/albionfoundation.
Latest research - Sport England Active People Survey data shows increased BME participation in sports and physical activity
Sport England have just published their latest findings from the Active People Survey, which shows an increase of participation in sport, including amongst BME communities. There are now 15.5 million people playing sport each week - an increase of more than 1.5 million since the study began in 2005.
You can find the report, as well as downloadable factsheets with information on who plays sport, how they play sport, which sports are played, and where the sports are played on the Sport England website.
Sporting Equals talk inclusion in sport at the Doha GOALS forum
Sporting Equals CEO, Arun Kang, and Ambassador, Darren Cheesman, are currently speaking at the Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sport) Forum until 11 December.
They are highlighting the impact of cultural differences on participation in sport, as well as discussing how to eliminate prejudice in sport.
Sporting Equals hopes to take global sports leaders beyond the legal and ethical benefits of inclusion, to identify with the positive business impact that can be achieved by addressing equality and diversity through Sporting Equals Inclusive Club model.
For more information about the event click here.
For more information on Inclusive Club, click here.
Nelson Mandela on Unity in Sport
Sporting Equals is proud to recognise Nelson Mandela as one of the greatest equality pioneers of our time. As the world remembers this man and reflects on his leadership and wisdom, we also remember his words about how sport can unite and break down barriers between people from all walks of life:
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”
RA-FA Youth Council Inspired Fund - applications sought for youth referees
Sporting Equals and RA-FA Youth Council are helping young people from BME backgrounds, currently underrepresented in refereeing, to get involved. The project, The Inspired Fund, gives support to inspirational individuals who can use a refereeing qualification to promote refereeing, football and the positive values of sport in their local, under-represented communities. Bursaries of up to £150 are available which will contribute towards the payment of the Basic Referee's Course. Read more.
Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund
The Inspired Facilities scheme, Round 5, part of Sport England’s Places People Play programme, is now open for Community and voluntary organisations, local authorities, statutory bodies, educational establishments from across England to apply for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to help improve facilities for sports use in the community. Read more.
Rugby Football League helps their community clubs to grow
The Rugby Football League has launched a new website for members of the public and a series of workshops for community clubs that will enable them to capitalise on the surge in interest in the sport created by Rugby League World Cup 2013.
The website, www.extraordinaryrugby.com details how people can become involved in the sport in a wide range of capacities, including player, match official, coach or supporter.
Check out our 2013 Quarterly Funding update
Our quarterly update provides information and advice about funding opportunities. Read more.
Latest Research - Effectiveness of excercise on health outcomes
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal identifies the effectiveness of exercise alongside drugs as intervention for better health outcomes. Read more.
Black and Minority Ethnic Participants and Coaches in Athletics, Badminton, Cricket and Basketball: Interested in becoming a coach, or are you already a coach?
Sports Coach UK and Leeds Metropolitan University would like to know more about your experiences as a participant and your motivations to become a coach. Find out more.
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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